Juicy J dishes the juice in Edmonton [Interview]
Edmonton, AB – Originally published July 17, 2013 – On July 11, Juicy J brought his Stay Trippy Tour to Edmonton to play a show at Encore at West Edmonton Mall. Juicy J may be associated with the likes of strip clubs, parties gone ratchet, and stacks-upon-stacks of bills. But the man has a work grind unlike any other. He broke away from Three 6 Mafia to re-emerge as a solo force with Taylor Gang. And now he’s gearing up to drop his latest album, Stay Trippy, next month.
Before he hit the stage in Edmonton, Juicy J took five minutes to chop it up with HipHopCanada about his upcoming album, collaborating with The Weeknd, twerking like Miley Cyrus, and more. Check out our exclusive interview after the jump.
Juicy J: Q&A
Interview conducted by Jibril Yassin for HipHopCanada
HipHopCanada: What’s the tour life like?
Juicy J: It’s been great, man. A blessing. I can’t complain. Fans been showing up—showing love. It’s all good.
HipHopCanada: What do you listen to on the road?
Juicy J: I listen to a lot of Isaac Hayes.
HipHopCanada: What’s the one thing you’ve got to rock at a show?
Juicy J: As far as music, I gotta do “Slob on My Knob.” It’s one of my classic songs. I gotta do that at every show.
HipHopCanada: Stay Trippy is coming out in a month. How does it feel to have it finished after so much time spent on it?
Juicy J: It’s been crazy. It’s almost like a relief. I did close to 80 songs. So I picked out the best—I got 19 songs on the album. But it’s cool, though. It’s a growing process. A working process.
HipHopCanada: What made you think of getting The Weeknd on for the track, “One of Those Nights” ?
Juicy J: That’s my homie. He’s super talented and I’m a fan. I met him on Twitter back in the day and we became good friends.
HipHopCanada: Word. He doesn’t seem like a super social guy on Twitter.
Juicy J: He’s a real cool dude— super talented. He makes nothing but hit records so it was great to get in the studio with him and make that record.
HipHopCanada: What’s the overall vibe on Stay Trippy?
Juicy J: There’s a lot of stuff on there for everybody. I think all my fans—my old school fans, my new school fans—they’ll really enjoy it. I did some production on it myself. It’s great. A real good album.
HipHopCanada: What’s your mentality like with producing?
Juicy J: I’ve been doing it for so long. It just comes natural. It’s not so much an idea, as [it is] going in and doing what I’ve been doing. I might change a sound up here and there [or] experiment with a different kick. But it’s pretty much the same— what I produce.
HipHopCanada: Would you call it a lot of work?
Juicy J: I wouldn’t call it super hard. But it’s definitely work. It’s fun too, you know? Smoke a little weed. Make beats. Drink some gin. That’s not a bad job.
HipHopCanada: So what were you doing before this show?
Juicy J: [I’ve] been sleeping all day. [After the show], I gotta jump on a plane, go back to California and do another show. Trying to get this bread.
HipHopCanada: In the wake of Miley Cyrus twerking at one of your shows, a lot of people got into twerking. What’s the one thing you gotta get right if you’re gonna be twerking?
Juicy J: You just gotta know what you’re doing. Miley Cyrus is a professional tweker. She knows what she’s doing. Everybody else is trying to copy what she’s doing. But it’s all good—it’s a dance. Everybody having fun and living life. What’s wrong with that? Nothing wrong with that.
HipHopCanada: Out of the 20 years of your career, what’s the one highlight that sticks out?
Juicy J: Winning an Academy Award. That’s the main thing. That’s one of the reasons why I’m still here.
HipHopCanada: [Is that the] same reason you still put out music and play shows?
Juicy J: It’s the grind. If I won an Academy Award, I can do anything. So that put me in extra-grind mode.
Written by Jibril Yassin for HipHopCanada
Photography courtesy of Juicy J