Juicy J

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Juicy J
Three 6 Mafia.jpg
Juicy J (front) performing with Three 6 Mafia bandmate DJ Paul
Background information
Birth nameJordan Michael Houston
Born(1975-04-05) April 5, 1975 (age 38)
OriginNorth Memphis, Tennessee, United States
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper, record producer, songwriter
Years active1991–present
LabelsKemosabe, Taylor Gang, Columbia (current)
Hypnotize Minds, North North Records, Select-O-Hits (former)
Associated actsThree 6 Mafia, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Lil Wayne, Lil Wyte, Project Pat, Wiz Khalifa
Websitewww.thejuicyj.com
 
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Juicy J
Three 6 Mafia.jpg
Juicy J (front) performing with Three 6 Mafia bandmate DJ Paul
Background information
Birth nameJordan Michael Houston
Born(1975-04-05) April 5, 1975 (age 38)
OriginNorth Memphis, Tennessee, United States
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper, record producer, songwriter
Years active1991–present
LabelsKemosabe, Taylor Gang, Columbia (current)
Hypnotize Minds, North North Records, Select-O-Hits (former)
Associated actsThree 6 Mafia, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Lil Wayne, Lil Wyte, Project Pat, Wiz Khalifa
Websitewww.thejuicyj.com

Jordan Michael Houston (born April 5, 1975), better known by his stage name Juicy J, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a founding member of the Southern hip hop group Three 6 Mafia, established in 1991. In 2002, he released his solo debut album Chronicles of the Juice Man, in between Three 6 Mafia projects. In 2011, Juicy J announced his signing to Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Records and the following year to Columbia Records and Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records.[1][2] Juicy J released Stay Trippy, his third studio album under the aforementioned labels on August 27, 2013. He is the younger brother of frequent collaborator and fellow American rapper Project Pat.[3]

Career[edit]

1991–2009: Career beginnings with Three 6 Mafia[edit]

In 1991, Juicy J co-founded the Southern hip hop group now internationally known as Three 6 Mafia, along with DJ Paul and Lord Infamous. Fellow rappers Crunchy Black, Gangsta Boo and Koopsta Knicca joined the group shortly after. Alongside DJ Paul, Juicy J launched Prophet Entertainment. In 1994, they left the label to business partner Nick Scarfo, and subsequently launched Hypnotize Minds. Juicy J is also known for being the sole performer on the popular Three 6 Mafia song "Slob on My Knob". He released his solo debut studio album Chronicles of the Juice Man, on July 2, 2002, under North North Records. His second solo album Hustle Till I Die, was released June 16, 2009, under Hypnotize Minds and Select-O-Hits.[4] In 2006, Juicy J, along with DJ Paul and Frayser Boy, won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp", at the 78th Academy Awards.

2010–present: Taylor Gang Records and Stay Trippy[edit]

From 2009 through 2011, Juicy J moved away from Three 6 Mafia focusing on his solo career. During this time he frequently collaborated with fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa, appearing on his mixtapes and releasing some of his own including Blue Dream & Lean. In December 2011, Juicy J confirmed rumors that he was the newest member of Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang imprint. In 2012, he was featured alongside his Taylor Gang label-mates, on the cover of Source Magazine's May 2012 issue. In 2012, he also released the lead single to his third album Stay Trippy, the chart topping "Bandz a Make Her Dance", which features 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne. The song was created in a two bedroom apartment in Washington, DC and was produced by Mike Will Made It. The song has peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100.[5]

In September 2012, Juicy J secured a recording contract with Columbia Records and Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records.[1][2] In a November 2012 interview, Juicy J announced that his third studio album Stay Trippy, would be released in early 2013. He showed an interest in working with Nas, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z on the album.[6] He later announced guest appearances on the album to include Wiz Khalifa, The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Project Pat, Young Jeezy, Yelawolf and Big Sean. Juicy J also revealed the album would feature production from frequent collaborators Lex Luger, Sonny Digital, Mike Will Made It, Dr. Luke, Crazy Mike and Juicy J himself.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

On January 20, 2013, it was announced Juicy J will perform at the 2013 Paid Dues festival on March 30, 2013.[13] On January 25, 2013, he released "Show Out", featuring Big Sean and Young Jeezy, as the second single from Stay Trippy. The album's third single, "One of Those Nights" featuring The Weeknd, was released in March. In June, the fourth single "Bounce It", was released. The album, released August 23, 2013, debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 64,000 copies in the United States.[14]

Juicy J was featured in Katy Perry's promotional single "Dark Horse" from her upcoming fourth album Prism. The song was released on September 17, 2013. During October 2013 a rumor went out saying that Juicy J is apparently the father of Miley Cyrus's unborn child but this is not true since Miley is not pregnant.

Music style[edit]

Juicy J is notable for his crunk style of rapping, highlighted by his "heavy-breathing" and "stomping" background sound effects. Juicy J's production style is characterized by fast-rolling high hats, sharp snares, and deep cinematic bass. He also incorporates samples from classic soul artists such as Willie Hutch, David Ruffin, and Isaac Hayes.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Horowitz, Steven J. (2012-09-12). "Juicy J Signs To Columbia Records & Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Juicy J Signs With Dr. Luke’s Label Via Columbia Records". Rapfix.mtv.com. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  3. ^ allmusic ((( Project Pat > Biography )))
  4. ^ Greg Watkins (2009-03-10). "Daily News - : Juicy J, DJ Paul Prep New Solo Albums, Tour". Allhiphop.com. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  5. ^ "R&B Songs Music Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Juicy J Wants To Work With Jay-Z, Nas & Dr. Dre". HipHop DX. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "23. Juicy J, Stay Trippy — The 50 Most Anticipated Albums For the Rest of 2012". Complex. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  8. ^ "Juicy J Speaks On Stay Trippy Album With DJ Scream [VIDEO". Hip-Hop Wired. 2012-08-29. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  9. ^ "Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa And Dr. Luke Cooking Up Some 'Good Gumbo' - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  10. ^ "Exclusive: Juicy J On Recording "Bands", Longevity In Hip Hop, And "Stay Trippy" Release Date". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  11. ^ "Juicy J reveals 'Stay Trippy' Album Features - Music, Celebrity, and Artist News". LoudMusic247. 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  12. ^ "22. Juicy J, Stay Trippy — The 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013". Complex. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  13. ^ "2013 Paid Dues Lineup Revealed". Complex. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  14. ^ Tardio, Andres (2013-09-04). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 9/1/2013". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 

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