Juicy J never really gets the credit he deserves for being one of the few stalwarts of the previous generation to strike gold on the modern charts. Although the majority of ears these days will recognise him as “that guy from that Katy Perry song“, the influence of Juicy J spans much further than donning a horrible Egyptian costume and roaming around a set with Katy.
As a founding member of the influential Tennessee rap group Three 6 Mafia, Juicy J helped to establish a sound for his city, even winning an Academy Award alongside his group members; the first hip-hop group to do so.
Nowadays, Juicy J is lending a hand to some of the fresh young faces in the rap game, recently jumping on A$AP Rocky‘s latest release At.Long.Last.A$AP, to deliver a southern drawl and a sound reminiscent of yesteryear. The rapper also lended a hand to Mac Miller‘s latest, collaborating with the Pittsburgh spitter for Break the Law.
Logic is yet another fresh faced up and comer, and is making quite the name for himself amongst hip hop circles (I like to refer to him as “the white rapper less polarising and divisive than Macklemore”).
While quite the odd couple, the duo have teamed up to bring us Ain’t Fukin Wit Cha, a track produced by 18 year old phenom Wondagurl. Juicy J himself acknowledges the time spent in the rap game; a period of time older than the producer behind the boards of the track itself with “20 years in the game and still making mill,” whilst Logic delivers his staple aggressive flow, delivering his lyrics flawlessly and effortlessly as they roll off the tongue. The track is clearly setting itself up to be a summer anthem, and the similarities with Big Sean’s IDFWU can’t be ignored.
Producing a track for Juicy J continues the euphoric rise of Wondagurl, who, at just 18, has produced tracks for Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne, Drake and Rihanna (just to name a few). It’s safe to say that she will continue to craft our favourite tracks and have her hands firmly grasped around the rap game for the forseeable future.