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    Crunk Juice

    Lil Jon - Crunk Juice

    2004

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    Crunk Juice Review

    Lil Jon again stakes his claim as the foremost authority on crunk on this, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz’s fifth LP. The follow-up to last year’s multi-platinum Kings of Crunk, Crunk Juice is a sprawling, 20-track affair featuring a wealth of high profile cameos from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Nas, Usher, Ludacris, Ice Cube, R. Kelly, and Pharrell Williams. Even Chris Rock turns up on a series of skits. The album stands as a hardcore response to Lil Jon’s recent commercial work with pop/R&B acts like Ciara and Usher, and the marketing angle involves presenting the album as a “true underground” record, even though it will probably outsell all of this year's underground hip-hop releases combined.

    Mostly produced by Lil Jon, Crunk Juice starts out laughably angst-ridden, with tracks like "Get Crunk" and "What U Gon’ Do" (the lead single) featuring Lil Jon literally screaming self-hype at his listeners, trying a bit too hard to convince everyone that he's the best. The production is loud, the beats are deep and unimaginative, and the whole thing seems aimed at a crowd well-liquored (on Crunk Juice, no doubt). That wouldn't be a bad thing in and or itself, but unfortunately the album serves up misogyny ("Bitches Ain’t Sh*t"), overbearing aggression and other themes better suited to mean drunks than to a really rocking party.

    Crunk Juice does at times express a rewarding versatility. "Da Blow," which features Gangsta Boo, is a smooth, downtempo bounce track that offers a welcome dose of calm on this largely intense album. Aggression of a slightly different variety appears on the grinding "Stop F*ckin’ Wit Me," which is produced by Rick Rubin and contains two Slayer samples.

    If nothing else, the album’s sheer volume is impressive. But ultimately it's an ugly party record that will be best appreciated by very angry people. - Cory O'Malley

    All Music Guide Review

    Responsible for numerous crunk party tunes and plenty of over-the-top hits, producer Lil Jon could easily be mistaken for a flash-in-the-pan whose time is almost up. Then again, his formulaic records that generally come up aces bring to mind AC/DC and their always-the-same, generally-very-good track record. You can count the songs that Lil Jon has been involved with and didn't shout "yeah!" and "okay!" on one hand, and his Crunk Juice album is more of the same. But keeping the AC/DC comparison going, Crunk Juice is his Back in Black, just as exciting and remarkably powerful, but twice as long and with a lot more help. Even though most of the songs are built on the same party-crunk foundation, the difference is in the details. Production by production, record by record, Lil Jon has become a more detailed producer. Crunk Juice is the payoff of every single that's come before it. Take the incredibly hard "What U Gon' Do" with it's simple, everybody's-feelin'-it beat. Lil Scrappy's tough rap proves he's the man for the job on this track, while the loopy, faraway melody and robot filters Lil Jon runs Scrappy's vocal through are what really makes it. The East Side Boyz -- Big Sam and Lil Bo -- are a worthy support crew and gel with their resident superstar as well as G-Unit does with 50 Cent. Great, but it's the ridiculously well-picked guest list you've come for, isn't it? The biggies -- R. Kelly, Usher, Ice Cube, Snoop, Rick Rubin, and on and on -- all bring it, while Southern stalwarts like Trillville, Eightball & MJG, Ying Yang Twins, and Gangsta Boo -- whose brash vocals are slowed down eerily, screwed-and-chopped style -- sound especially triumphant, proud to be with the South's greatest chart-topper. Running 75 minutes long and with too many highlights to mention, the worst thing you can say about Crunk Juice is that it's overwhelming. Funny skits from Chris Rock and E-40 tie it all together if you can stand over an hour of crunk pummeling, but Crunk Juice is best taken in two or three glorious listens. That's a lot of top-notch crunk, and more than enough to justify Lil Jon's "King of Crunk" title. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi

    Crunk Juice Track Listing

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  • Grand Finale
  • T.I.
  • 6:48
  • Sound Clip for Grand Finale from Crunk Juice

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  • Credits of Crunk Juice

    • Gary Fly
    • Assistant Engineer, Mixing Assistant


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