In 2005, Juicy J was riding high. His group, Three 6 Mafia had a 2005 summer hit with 'Stay Fly,' and they won an Oscar for 'It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp,' written for the film 'Hustle & Flow.'
Recently, he's found prolific form, with eight mixtapes since 2010. This year Juicy J – who headlined Red Bull Sound Select Atlanta in July – has teamed up with star names for 'Stay Trippy.' Maybe he's just come full circle. As he told The Fader: “All the music that’s out now sounds like Three 6 Mafia. That’s why it’s not hard for me to do this.” Here's a guide to his five best collaborations…
Juicy J and Justin Timberlake collaborated on the Timbaland production 'Chop Me Up' (from Futuresex/Lovesounds), in which he name-checks their home state: "So if you never call me I'll be somewhere down in Tennessee, Washing away my sorrows in a cold cup a Hennessy." On 'Stay Trippy,' the three artists reunite for 'The Woods.'
Since 2011, Juicy J has been signed to Wiz's Taylor Gang Records. Wiz has spoken of his admiration for Three 6 Mafia's 'Tear Da Club Up' and 'Stay Fly,' adding he doesn't think Juicy J ever lost it. "It was like, ‘Man we might as well bridge the gap and takeover,' because he's gonna be here forever and I'm gonna be here forever," he told MTV.
If Wiz ever doubts Juicy J's skill as a talent spotter, he only has to look at the veteran rapper's relationship with A$AP Rocky. He brought A$AP out at Fool's Gold's Day Off party in September 2011, then had the rapper appear on 'Real Hustlers Don't Sleep,' in the same month that Peso made the Harlem upstart a global name. On 'Stay Trippy,' A$AP appears on 'Scholarship,' a track dedicated to women paying their way through college. In a similar sentiment, Juicy J is offering a $50,000 “scholarship” to "the best chick that can twerk." Stay trippy, stay classy.
Need a sad slow jam on your album in 2013? Drake not available? Ask The Weeknd, who appears on J's piano-tinged club track 'One of Those Nights.' He told The Source, "It's crazy, it's like a movie," adding that he's also appeared on a song slated for The Weeknd's forthcoming Kiss Land. "That's [The Weeknd] my homie. That's my dawg right there."
Wale & Trey Songz
They appear on the slow-paced 'Bounce It' – a track about throwing thousands of dollars around like it's nothing. "I got 200 songs," Juicy J told Rap Star Promo about the process of picking who went on what. "I changed the beats up, I've been wrestling with it for months. 'Bounce It' was great, but I thought the song was super-hot. But we have to put Wale and Trey Songz on here."
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