Reeve flattered me the other day in the comments to this post, claiming he’d “polled the readers” of DRIVE SLOW and the “consensus” was that they wanted my opinion on this track.
Iamsu! – 100 Grand (feat. Juvenile & Kool John)
I have my doubts that there is a large number of people out there that Reeve is in touch with that are anxiously awaiting my opinion on specific obscure rap mixtape tracks, but I’ll humor him on this one because it actually is a pretty cool and interesting track. I wrote a post back in April about Juvenile‘s push to regain some of his fading relevance and my mixed feelings about the results, and I unfortunately feel kinda the same way about the stuff I’ve heard him put out since then, too. Rejuvenation didn’t really do much for me, not that I felt betrayed or that it was a total waste of time or anything, it just felt like Juvenile forgot all the things that make him sound like himself. It’s like he became convinced that his own style isn’t enough so he adopted this obviously weaker, more watered down, and basic style just to distance himself from what he used to be doing. I’m not one of those dudes that thinks that artists need to stick to the styles they start out with forever, hell I even stuck up for Snoop Lion when that stuff came out, but I just like it when the changes feel genuine, and Juvenile’s stuff lately doesn’t feel that way to me. It feels like he’s trying to rap like somebody else, which, as I mentioned in my previous Juvie post, isn’t doing anybody any good.
That said, “100 Grand” is still an awesome song. I’m sure Iamsu! was stoked to share a track with such a legendary artist, I’m totally happy for him about that, he deserves it. And Iamsu! sounds great, the beat is great, and Juvenile’s verse is, well, fine. It gets of to a little bit of a rough start, and hearing him talking about buying stocks feels a little strange. But there’s still some lovable Juvenile in there peeking out the whole time; his voice is still captivating and his flow, while a shadow of its former self, is still pretty good compared to a lot of other rappers. I just can’t get as excited about it as I would be about tons of his previous material. Like here is a track I chose at random from his back catalog that I had in my collection. Tell me this doesn’t grab you 500% more than verse 2 of “100 Grand“.
Juvenile – A Million and One Things (feat. Lil’ Wayne, Young Turk, & B.G.)
I hope this satisfies my breathless readership, you all just let me know if I can offer my opinions on any other pressing topics.