Juicy J – The Rubba Band Business Tour

I’ve been listening to Juicy J (and before that Three 6 Mafia) for some time now, so it only seemed fitting to attend the former’s tour when I learned that he would be coming to Charlotte, NC.

Juicy has been teasing snippets and hinting on social media at an upcoming album aptly named “Rubba Band Business” after the success of some of his earlier mixtapes of the same name, for some time now. I don’t want to jinx it, but I think with a tour of the same name, we might just be getting close to seeing the album’s release date.

Juicy embarked on a 38 stop tour at the beginning of 2017 to promote this upcoming album and give fans a taste of what the LP might bring. The Taylor Gang signee also recruited up and coming Canadian artist Belly and his long time associate and older brother, Project Pat, to support the tour as opening acts.

All of the artists put on quite a show, leaving fans thrilled and wanting more [cue the Metro tag].

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Project Pat

 

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Belly

I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of energy that Belly put into his performance. I hadn’t seen Belly prior to this concert, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, however he put all of my doubts to rest. He has quite the charismatic presence on stage and easily found a way to connect with the audience. His standout track had to be “Might Not“, which gained a lot of buzz with a feature from The Weeknd, and even more buzz from the remix which featured Yo Gotti and 2 Chainz.

Look out for Belly to open up for the Weeknd on the Starboy World Tour kicking off this spring alongside 6lack and Rae Sremmurd.

Following Belly, Memphis’ own Juicy J came out and delivered (per usual) a fun and energetic show. He started out by playing his new single “Ain’t Nothing”, followed by a few TGOD Mafia tracks before delving into his own solo discography, playing new tracks, old tracks, unreleased tracks and of course, Three 6 Mafia classics. Between songs Juicy would take (with permission) phones from fans and record Snapchat videos that they would be able to share with their followers – it was quite entertaining. The highlight of his setlist had to be the medley of Three 6 Mafia songs that he went through. It was like a soundtrack to my high school years. From “Roll Wit It” to “Poppin My Collar” to “Stay Fly” to “Ridin Spinners” – bangers for days.

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Juicy J

Juicy even went so far as to perform some of his feature verses, notably his verse on “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry. It seemed like he played a little bit of everything, and something for everyone. For the full setlist at this venue, click here.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I certainly had a good time and look forward to the next time Juicy is around. Maybe that Rubba Band Business album will spark another tour? Who knows? Until next time, stay trippy!

PS. After Juicy’s set ended, some of the folks who purchased VIP tickets left their VIP merchandise on the floor and exited the venue. It just so happens that I was in the right place at the right time and picked up a tour poster, that was autographed by Juicy! Not bad!

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Autographed Tour Poster!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Juicy J – The Hustle Continues Tour

What’s up hip hop heads?

I know it’s been a while, and a lot has gone on since we last spoke. I hope everyone is doing well and that your summer is off to a good start. Let’s cut to the chase though, shall we?

Last night, Juicy J decided to grace the Fillmore in Charlotte, NC with his presence, thus ending my concert hiatus. Much appreciated Juiceman.

For those unaware of who Juicy may be, he’s one of the longest tenured rappers currently in the industry. He rose to fame in the 90’s as part of the legendary hip-hop group, Three 6 Mafia, alongside DJ Paul and Crunchy Black. In 2006 the group actually received an Academy Award for the song “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” which was featured in the movie, “Hustle & Flow” starring Terrance Howard. Towards the end of the 2008-2009, Juicy began to move away from the group and launched more of a solo campaign, which I believe really started to gain some traction with the release of his 2010 mixtape Rubba Band Business (with producer Lex Luger). In my opinion, the aggressive beats, creative punchlines and on time delivery combination started to really outline the new and improved Juicy J and would lay the foundation of Juicy’s future releases. Juicy’s success continued with multiple mixtape releases from 2010-2013 (notably Rubba Band Business 2 and Blue Dream & Lean) and also landed an album, Stay Trippy, which spawned multiple radio singles and is what I believe most of today’s younger listeners associate with Juicy J. His success continued from there (especially over Mike Will beats) and Juicy really reached the pinnacle of his career when he was featured on the Katy Perry track “Dark Horse”, which garnered a massive influx of followers from the mainstream listening community.

Currently, Juicy is promoting his upcoming 4th studio album with the working title “Pure THC: The Hustle Continues”. His promotion efforts included a tour, which brought my brother, my friend, and I to the Fillmore this past Friday.

THC Tour Poster

THC Tour Poster

The three of us had a few libations at nearby VBGB (awesome spot btw) and got ourselves a few fast passes from the Fillmore’s box office to insure we had some primetime real estate for the show. It turned out to be a great move, because the Fillmore sold out its 2000 person capacity.

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SQUAD

After the typical house music (and a few more drinks – gotta get trippy right?), the night’s first opening act came to the stage. Local rapper Senior, along with Elevator Jay and Rapper Shane. Senior has opened for a number of hip-hop acts in the QC the past couple of years and has recently just dropped a new project – Audio Artpiece: World Is My Canvas. You can check it out here on his soundcloud. #SupportLocalMusic. As always, these guys held it down. The crowd was definitely feeling them – heads were bobbin, feet were tappin. You could feel the music.

After they finished up, a buzz began circulating throughout the crowd. They could sense the Juiceman was near. The stage was set. It was time.

Juicy came out to an uproar of applause and cheering and wasted no time getting down to business. Right off the rip he jumped into his newest mixtape Blue Dream & Lean 2 with “Throw Dem Racks”. For those unaware, Juicy recently had ankle surgery and was sporting a walking boot while performing. His work ethic simply won’t permit him to miss a show for a bum foot.

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You say no to shows, Juicy J can’t!

Juicy performed for at least an hour and played a number of songs from various projects, including one of my all time favorites, “Stay High” from his Three 6 Mafia days. Apparently it was a crowd favorite too because they helped out. Take a look:

In no particular order, Juicy’s set included these songs as well as others that I simply didn’t write down:

– Throw Dem Racks
– Stoners Night 3
– I’m Sicka
– Bandz A Make Her Dance
– Don’t Trust
– All I Need
– Poppin My Collar (Three 6 Mafia)
– Stay High (Three 6 Mafia)
– Zip & A Double Cup
– Already
– Drugged Out
– Slob On My Knob (Three 6 Mafia)
– Show Out
– Bounce It

I briefly mentioned that Juicy began to get a lot of younger listeners following the success of “Dark Horse”. A lot of these listeners were in attendance last night which worked out really well when Juicy started to hand out Colt 45’s from the stage during the middle of his set. They weren’t old enough to partake, which left a select few crowd members for Juicy to choose from. Enter the squad. We all had Colt 45’s with Juicy J. It was a pretty awesome moment.

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Juicy J

All in all, it was a great time and we had a blast. I think Juicy performing given his physical condition (ankle) really speaks to his work ethic, and well, his hustle. The Hustle Continues couldn’t possibly be a better tour name. As always, if you have a chance to catch this tour in a nearby city, do it!

courtesy of my IG

courtesy of my IG

Juicy J – The Never Sober Tour

This past Monday night, Juicy J touched down in Charlotte, NC to make a stop at The Fillmore on the #NeverSoberTour. What ensued was, well….ratchet. But did you really expect anything else from the Juice Man??

The Never Sober Tour

The Never Sober Tour

So here we are a few hours prior to show time, my boy @wnorear and I are crushing some PBR’s getting in the right mindset for the show. It gets to be about that time, and we make our way down to the Fillmore. It was about 6:50pm and doors were opening at 7pm. This is what it was like when we got there:

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That same night Miley Cyrus was having a show in Charlotte. However, she cancelled last minute, and you better believe that some of the people underage teenagers that were supposed to go to that show ended up at this one. And since the show was all ages, they got in -___-

Never the less, Me and Wayne got in and re-upped on the beverages.

The other drawback to this show was that there was no Project Pat. This show was originally supposed to be about a month and a half ago, but Juicy cancelled to make an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. So the show gets rescheduled for 4/7 but Project Pat is nowhere to be found. Tight.

The first and only opening act was Charlotte’s own SeniorYr. This was the 3rd time I’ve seen him perform in the past 2-3 months and he’s seriously improved every time I’ve seen him on stage. If you have some time check him out in Shome504’s video: Pick N Roll.

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Senior

I always enjoy seeing a local make it and I’ll continue to support Senior and the Paperboi movement.

The time had come: Juicy J!!

The lights dimmed low and some music started playing. I couldn’t quite make out what it was at first but then it started sounding familiar. It was something new, something off the Stay Trippy album….Stop It! The bass dropped and out came Juicy J hands waving, chain slangin, getting the crowd HYPE. Everyone around me was jumping up and down losing their minds….I may have been a part of that. It was tight. Juicy went through a few new songs from the Stay Trippy album including “Smokin, Rollin” “All I Blow Is Loud” “Having Sex” and “So Much Money”. He then transitioned to what has been helping his comeback, the pop hit “Dark Horse”. The teenagers went apeshit for this. The next song took not only the teenagers, but everyone to the next level, his most well known rap track “Bandz A Make Her Dance”. The turn up was happening. He went on to do “Scholarship” and before I knew it, he was doing “Stay Fly” from his days with Three 6 Mafia! This is a personal favorite of mine, I recall many a night in high school blasting this with my boys. It was perfect. He also did “Poppin My Collar”, “Sippin on some Sizzurp” and “Slob on my Knob” before getting back to his newer joints, which included another personal favorite of mine, “Zip & A Double Cup”.

After this song Juicy cranked it to 11. He called out for 10 of the finest ladies from the crowd to come on up and do a little twerkin. Juicy went on to do “She Dancin” and his verse from Wale’s “Clappers” to provide the music to this twerk session.

I just hope Juicy’s security was checking ID’s before they let some thots backstage.

He went on to perform “23”, “Drugged Out”, his verse from Future’s “Shit (Remix)”, “Blow Out” and his verse from B.o.B’s “Still In This Bitch”.
The last few songs included “Riley”, “Get Higher”, “Show Out” and finally “Bounce It”, which he got down into the crowd to perform.

All in all, the Juice Man delivered. The next day was a serious struggle though lawddddd. And props to the Fillmore for having a sellout crowd here.

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Sold Out Crowd

Sold Out Crowd

Until next time, stay trippy my friends.

The Sunday Paper – Trinidad Jame$

Good morning Twitter World….or afternoon for some of y’all hungover bums lol.

While y’all are waking up and putt’n around the house, I thought I would take a moment to give you something to read over that big bowl of Struggle O’s you’re having this lovely day. Tough night last night? We’ve all been there. Some of the toughest nights can come after a ratchet show, I don’t think anyone denies that. It got me thinking though. I started wondering about some of the past shows I’ve gone to that have gotten a tad ratchet, if you will. Actually, there’s been quite a few of those so I’ll just cut right to it.

IMO, the anthem of 2013 had to be All Gold Everything by @TrinidadJamesGG. Here’s a guy with nothing for a resume who takes the hip-hop world by storm with one catchy song with some of the most basic (yet still awesome) lyrics.

I had the pleasure of seeing @TrinidadJamesGG this past year at the peak of All Gold Everything’s dominance at @GreeneStClub on 2/26/13, roughly a year ago. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long. Nevertheless, this was a ratchet ass show. When T. Jame$ hit the stage all hell broke loose. The Don’t Be S.A.F.E. mixtape actually came out in Ocotber of 2012 and even if it took a few months for it to catch on, the crowd had plenty of time to figure out and memorize every lyric from the song. We went bar for bar with Trinidad with the height of the song being the “Popped a molly, I’m sweating WOO!!”. Have a look:

Trinidad got a late of hate following the success of the song I think due to its simplistic lyrics, but he did make a name for himself and has released some decent songs since then, or at least been a solid feature on some tracks.

Trinidad even went on to perform, for the 1st time, the @youngchopbeatz
produced banger Shut Up!!! ft.@trvisXX
from Trinidad’s 2nd major mixtape, 10 pc. Mild – which didn’t even have a release date at the time. This came out of left field entirely for us and was a nice surprise.

Two quick hits before I go:

1. Water, water, water – Hydrate thyself to get rid of that hangover.
2. @therealjuicyj is coming to the Fillmore this Thursday! I can’t even call it a show, it’s gonna be more like a party. Get your tickets here if you’re trying to go. I’ll definitely be rockin a #WeTrippyMane tee and having a good time. I’ll be sure to get some quality photos/vids for that upcoming blog post.

Y’all have a good week!

MUST HAVE Upcoming Projects

Touching on the last comment in the previous post, I just wanted to point out some upcoming projects that any avid hip-hop fan is probably going to need to cop in the next couple months.

First up on my list:

June 12th

Summer Knights

Joey Bada$$: Summer Knights

June 18th

Yeezus

Kanye West: Yeezus

Born Sinner

J. Cole: Born Sinner

Watching Movies With the Sound Off

Mac Miller: Watching Movies with the Sound off

June 25th

The Gifted

Wale: The Gifted

July 16th

Pusha T

Pusha T: My Name is My Name

Ace Hood

Ace Hood: Trials & Tribulations

Unscheduled release dates include:

Fabolous: Loso’s Way II: Rise to Power
Big Sean: Hall of Fame
Juicy J: Stay Trippy

This looks to be a very promising summer.