Two years ago Juicy J distanced himself from his group Three 6 Mafia to embark on a solo career. Despite previously releasing two solo albums Juicy’s third release would be the official album to make him a household name. Juicy J joined Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang Records to produce his third album, Stay Trippy.
Stay Trippy begins with ‘Stop It’. Juicy laces the trap inspired track with his trademark less-is-more flow. “Back stage, naked ladies/Popping pills and swallowing babies,” Juicy J raps.
The albums current single ‘Bounce It’ features Wale and Trey Songz. Reminiscent of previous Three 6 Mafia efforts, ‘Bounce It’ is a strip club anthem which is Juicy J’s specialty. “Red bone in some red bottom, she ain’t finish college but she a head doctor/Bouncin’ ass while I’m getting high as propellers on a helicopter,“ Juicy rapped.
‘Wax’ contains the same Freda Payne sample used by Styles P for his 2002 hit ‘Good Times’ which shows zero originality. The lyrics are downright atrocious on the song with J using lines like, “Hey bitch, what that ass like/Blow me like a bag pipe.”
The single ‘Show Out’ features Big Sean and Young Jeezy and sounds like almost every other song on the album–simple keyboard beats, 808’s, and some sort of chanting on the chorus. By the midpoint of Stay Trippy it’s difficult to tell one song from the next and Juicy’s shtick gets old fast.
The strip club anthem ‘Bandz a Make Her Dance’ is old considering it was released nearly twelve months ago, yet it’s a welcomed break from the other vulgarities littered throughout Stay Trippy despite its crassness.
Stay Trippy has entirely too many guest appearances. Juicy only has six out of sixteen songs to himself. Featured on Stay Trippy are Project Pat, Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy, Big Sean, Lil’ Wayne, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Yelawolf, Wale, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Justin Timberlake, and the late Pimp C.
The album is produced by a band of keyboard-heavy producers. Mike WiLL Made It, Young Chop, Lex Luger, Timbaland, and Juicy J himself supply the majority of the tracks on Stay Trippy.
You don’t listen to Juicy J for lyrics and flow, he makes party music. Juicy J’s album is violent, misogynistic, ostentatious, and yes, trippy. It’s in many ways a mirror image of today’s popular Hip-Hop culture. Stay Trippy isn’t for everybody. You shouldn’t pick up the CD hoping to be moved intellectually or emotionally—you’ll be greatly disappointed. This is music for the clubs (and strip clubs). If you like mindless music, Stay Trippy is for you.
Purchase: Juicy J – Stay Trippy