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August 30, 2013 • 04:11:15 p.m.

Music Review: Juicy J, "Stay Trippy"

By ROB CARROLL | rcarroll@shawmedia.com

While Juicy J’s status with Memphis rappers Three 6 Mafia seems up in the air at this point, his stock might be rising as a solo artist.

The 38-year-old is one of the go-to guest rappers of the moment for other artists to feature on their albums, helping him raise his popularity over when he was more involved with Three 6 Mafia.

Predictably, “Stay Trippy,” Juicy J’s third solo effort, is chock-full of guest appearances from artists such as Justin Timberlake, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and Chris Brown.

But less expected is just how uninspired this album feels.

Juicy J continues his trend of using a more laidback style when rapping outside of Three 6 Mafia. He applies a slow cadence to his raps that creates some favorable ear candy when taking this album in as single tracks.

Juicy J knows how to create great singles by combining his style with repetitive chants during the chorus. “Bandz A Make Her Dance” definitely falls into that category.

But when listening to “Stay Trippy” as a whole, Juicy J’s delivery comes off as a little too sleepy.
The seemingly lackadaisical effort is carried over into the song writing, too.

“Stay Trippy” is a one drug reference after another with an occasional shoutout to Bugatti, in case you were wondering how Juicy J rolls between drug binges. “All I Blow Is Loud” alone covers pills, gin, weed, codeine and Molly.

So there’s a song that references drugs. Big deal, right? Well, maybe it wouldn’t be as bad if we hadn’t already been given several tracks, including “Smokin’ Rollin,’ ” that cover the same territory.

Unfortunately, the guest appearances on “Stay Trippy” are an afterthought. Well, all except for Timberlake. He is featured on “The Woods,” which sounds too much like an old Justin Timberlake song – yet another instance where this album misses the mark.

Rating: One and a half stars

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