Review Summary: Crunk's magnum opus
These days Crunk is pretty retro, especially with the new fangled pop rap in the Top 40, it's like the Nu metal era of hip hop. So I am obligated to love everything about Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz. All of their songs are bangers on their last 2 albums, 2002's "Kings of Crunk" and 2004's Crunk Juice.
First of all, lets discuss the infection Lil Jon spread in 2003 with his hit "Get Low". It really seemed like it's one of the most memorable songs from the top 10 radio AKA most overplayed club songs, and it's considered the "breakthrough" of establishing the Crunk sub-genre's mainstream presence. It's basically combining the pace and appeal of Dirty South, really minimal G-Funk-style trap, and really melodic shout rapping. The production choices on Crunk Juice are the most professional of Lil Jon's discography by far, however there's a lot to discuss about this album. It's pretty fascinating stuff.
Like "Kings of Crunk", the opening track of "Crunk Juice" is the title track where Lil Jon literally welcomes you to the album, which anyone can appreciate. There was a very occassional use of guitar riffs or solos on the previous album, but they're used all over the tracklist on "Crunk Juice". They're always gnarly, and there was a Slayer feature on my personal favorite track "Stop ***in' Wit Me". It's a really relatable song with amazing lyrics about telling people to stop "***in' Wit" Lil Jon. The instrumental is truly godlike, and the mixing is especially genius, with the fills near the middle of the track, the bass during the chorus is incredible.
I'm pretty sure Lil Jon appeared on the Chappelle Show which is dope, he sampled one of his stand-up bits mocking Lil Jon at the start of the repulsive track "Aww Skeet Skeet". It's so ridiculous, it'a honestly hard to believe there's so many people that take this sort of really based music seriously and ruins it for them. Just get down with Crunk or die. It's the way for a pure life. "In Da Club" is easily the worst track, but there's still a lot to love about the song. There's a crazy amount of skits and interludes on this album, which aren't very worth while, so I usually listen to it abridged. "Stick That Thang Out" is an absolute banger with an excellent Pharrell Williams feature. There's a lot of really recognizable and relatively acclaimed names featured on here. Nas & Ice Cube are featured on the last track, "Grand Finale", an epic journey through the galaxy with T.I, Fat Joe, Bun B, Ice Cube & Nas. Ice Cube was also featured on one of the best tracks, "Real Nigga Roll Call". "Da Blow" is absolutely freakin' sweet, you gotta love some chopped and screwed Lil Jon vocals.
If you simply want to hear the most legendary and memorable rap album in the south, check out "Crunk Juice". You won't regret it.