The Five Best Juicy J Outros of All Time
The charismatic Juicy J of Three-6 Mafia takes the stage tonight at Irving Plaza. While his legacy is no doubt acclaimed for the group's groundbreakingly cryptic early work, irresistible later anthems and one of the greatest Oscar acceptance speeches of all time, there's one more aspect to Juicy J that's gone under-appreciated for far too long. In a world where rap albums, mixtapes and free downloads have become overwrought with meandering and forgettable skits, absolutely nobody has made as consistently entertaining outros as Juicy J and DJ Paul. While their earlier work featured brooding atmospheric outros that aimed to keep the album's vibe going while the two informed loyal listeners of the upcoming Hypnotized Minds releases, right around the turn of the century the two began cutting loose and having fun while listing off what was next for the crew. In the name of perhaps hip-hop's most consistently reliable form of info-tainment, here are our picks for Juicy J's top outros of all time!
Juicy J of Three-6 Mafia
5) Three 6 Mafia Presents...
Hypnotize Minds Camp Posse,"Outro." 2000
Perhaps the earliest indication of the madness that was to come was Juicy J and DJ Paul's outro for the Hypnotize Camp Posse's compilation. Thus began a millennium of great outros by breaking the sinister and imposing tone of the album that preceded it with a beat-box lead rundown of upcoming projects that include an explanation of a cover art, a guide to how to type in a website and J's exploration of the most annoying sound in the world.
4) Three-6 Mafia
Last 2 Walk. "Outro." 2008
While Last 2 Walk was something of a disappointment from a critical and commercial standpoint, it did benefit from one of the greatest outros the duo ever recorded. After almost a decade of concluding their albums in such a way, DJ Paul stream-of-consciously deconstructs the repetitive aspects of how he wraps up the label's releases. Also great is Paul explaining the reasons behind the two releasing solo projects and J giving one of rap's most convincing public service announcements regarding drinking and driving.
3) Project Pat
Real Recognize Real, "Outro." 2009
Where were you on the night of November 4th, 2008? Fortunately for us, Juicy J and Paul were in the studio to capture their excitement for Obama's victory while making the outro for Project Pat's Real Recognize Real. While the two discuss what changes an Obama victory means for the country, they also touch on when Pat's album was recorded, giving an added perspective to the recording. On a serious note, the outro shows a rare somber moment regarding the artists who died between the recording of their last outro and this one, as well as offering prayers for DJ AM and Travis Barker who has recently been in a plane crash.