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Juvenile

  • 400 Degreez [Cash Money/Universal, 1998] Choice Cuts
  • The G-Code [Cash Money/Universal, 1999] *
  • Reality Check [Atlantic, 2006] B-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

400 Degreez [Cash Money/Universal, 1998]
"HA"; "Intro" Choice Cuts

The G-Code [Cash Money/Universal, 1999]
Celebrating an old pop reliable--new money ("A Million and One Things," "U Understand"). *

Reality Check [Atlantic, 2006]
Juvenile gives better interview than former N.O. labelmate Lil Wayne and appears to be a better guy, but he's also one more bore whose idea of entertainment is threatening to kill people. A few moments seem real enough--not just "I Know You Know," in which he reminds his wife that, actually, he doesn't fuck all those hoes he raps about, but the street-mystique primer "Way I Be Leanin'." And even there Mike Jones, Paul Wall, and Wacko provide welcome relief from the nasal, constricted, humorless flow he's gotten on. Later, Fat Joe does the same. I mean, really--Fat Joe? B-