On Wednesday, the always-interesting Juicy J will take the stage at the Skyway Theater in Minneapolis. While you may be more familiar with his work on pop singles with the likes of Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, longtime fans and hip-hop heads still view J as one of the most outspoken members of Three-6 Mafia. Whether you're a fan of the group's groundbreaking cryptic early work or irresistible later chart-topping anthems (not to mention 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, forgettable skits, absolutely nobody has made as consistently entertaining outros as Juicy J and fellow Three-6 Mafia member and Hypnotized Minds co-ambassador 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 reliable infotainment, here are our picks for Juicy J's top outros of all time!Three-6 Mafia Da Unbreakables Outro 2003 It's strange to look at hip-hop's response to that period of time between 9/11 and the looming Iraq War. While plenty of political rappers appeared out of the woodwork once the shock-and-awe began, there was a strange cloud of uncertainty as to what was going to happen that was seldom tapped into at the time. The outro for Three-6 Mafia's 2003 album Da Unbreakables, with unease and paranoia in full effect, Paul and J try to maintain the proper tone to shill their coming attractions in a world on the verge of war. 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. They began a millennium of great outros by breaking and chasing the sinister imposing album that preceded it with a beat-box lead rundown of upcoming projects that include an explanation of cover art, a guide to how to type in a website, and J's exploration of the most annoying sound in the world. Project Pat Real Recognize Real Outro 2009 Where were you on the night of Nov. 4, 2008? Fortunately for us, Juicy J and Paul were in the studio to capture their excitement for Obama's victory. 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 had recently been in a plane crash. 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 deconstructs the repetitive aspects of how he wraps up the label's albums. Also great is Paul explaining the reasoning behind the two releasing solo projects and J giving one of rap's most convincing public service announcements regarding drinking and driving. Project Pat Crook By the Book Outro 2006 But no outro that J and Paul ever recorded was more joyous than that for Project Pat's Crook By the Book. Along with being their first outro following winning an Oscar in 2006 for Hustle & Flow's "It's Hard Out There for a Pimp," it also marks the celebration of Project Pat finishing his first album since coming home from prison. The two were at the absolute peak of their popularity with Juicy J's glow-in-the-dark skeleton shirts on every street and their previous album, Most Known Unknowns, on every radio, making the well-deserved elation here infinitely satisfying.
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