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Mixtape Review-Jugg King by Young Scooter

Mixtape Review-Jugg King by Young Scooter

by Dan-O

From afar I like Young Scooter. When I think about how much trap has changed and how much Scooter’s new mixtape Jugg King is right in the pocket of F.B.G. The Movie mixtape from 2013 my overactive mind wanders. Does Scooter see these new happier trappers and see them as a disservice? Does he look down on them appropriating dealer culture while clearly not having the experience in it (by their own admission)? Is Scooter going to see my review and respond to me on twitter? The answer to all these questions is no, a firm no.

Scooter came into rap with beautiful hooks and a hypnotizing flow dedicating every word to dealing and being independent and he is the same today. If you listen to the title track this isn’t one of those rappers who had a fire in his belly when he started and has become jaded. Jugg King’s hook declares it “I do what I want, you do what you can.” How could he be jaded? He never fell underneath Gucci or Future’s wing, never took a spot on a deep roster of MC’s clamoring for number one. He just forged good relationships and maintained them which is why you still see Metro Boomin and Zaytoven on the production list after all these years. This is why you haven’t heard from him in a while and he drops a mixtape featuring Young Thug, Meek Mill, Young Dolph, and Future.

You can listen to Jugg King front to back a few times without picking out favorite songs.  Nothing throws Scooter off his spot, every verse is dope money and deceivers eating his dust.  You can just press play and drive. Even surprising turns fade into comfort; Cassius Jay takes Gin and Juice and flips it into a trap beat for Young Scooter who makes OG Snoop an absolutely weird joy. On Cook Up Young Thug’s purposely distorted voice clicks into synergy with Scooter’s cocksure Juvenile sense of melody, that is the group album that should grow out of Jugg King.

Scooter is great with guests but does not need them. Streets on Fire is a straightforward hi hat first beat produced by Stack Boy Twaun and Scooter deals like it is life’s greatest joy “Jugghouse on a one way, I got four in a row I sold more pounds than Boston George, motherfuck Diego I just stuffed a thousand pounds in a Winnebago” I tip my hat to anyone who can bow out of Jugg King on moral implications. If you don’t want drug dealing to be glorified and Jugg King is too much of an advertisement for the wrong message I get it. Scooter is just too much of a snake charmer for me to let go. He knows how to sway with his tone in subtle softer ways like on Life which gets somber and mixes in anger, pride, shame, and parental joy.

His grand sense of DIY means I don’t even have to ponder his next move. He’s signed to his own label (Black Migo Gang). He’s the Xzibit of trap music. The same way X could jump on Snoop’s album, get Dre to produce for his album and never have to sign to any of them is how Scooter navigates between Freebandz (Future) and 1017 Brick Squad (Gucci) while never losing anyone’s respect. It’s impossible to even watch him sweat under the lights. He’s still smiling.

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Song of The Year-Just Win by Jeezy produced by Cassius Jay

Song of The Year-Just Win by Jeezy produced by Cassius Jay

by Dan-O

Thinking about how much Jeezy has changed, without altering his aesthetic universe in the slightest, is baffling. During his breakout Thug Motivation 101/Trap or Die phase he was openly mocking lyricism, loudly declaring his allegiance to the hustle and the hustle alone. At this point in his career, at the Church In These Streets period, his responsibilities are infinitely more diverse.

This new album is nineteen songs long with only two features and those are not rap features (Monica and Janelle Monae). Jeezy is not just comfortable with all the lyrical weight on his shoulders but he absolutely murders some interesting beats. Cassius Jay provides a beat in Just Win that would sit beautifully on Eric B & Rakim’s Don’t Sweat The Technique album; it has that rich soulful echoing boom. Instead of sounding out of place (like Waka Flocka over East Coast beats) elder statesman Jeezy starts dropping pearls of wisdom like “Being rich that s#&* a talent, being broke that’s a profession.” His drive to succeed might be larger than it was in the beginning because Just Win is NOT about him winning, Jeezy knows he already won. It’s about infusing a shot of ambition adrenaline to the community he loves that still hasn’t. So lyrics like “…Want to live the American dream like Uncle Hoss and his wife, work hard feed my kids see what that be like, For now seeing junkies and pipes make a soldier put on his uniform and earn him some stripes.” That’s for someone out there in ferocious need of a cash infusion. Jeezy can’t give you that but he can provide you the soundtrack to go get it.

I loved his last album Seen It All with its grizzled drug dealer PTSD and community awareness, lucky for me, this album just continues what is my favorite leg of an already illustrious career.