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Juicy J - Street Shit (2011)

"Stay ya ass in the yard if y’aint with the street shit /

You vegetarians don’t want this beef shit /

Yeah - so keep my name out ya mouf /

These 100 round drums’ll make a frame out ya house”

Rubba Band Business 2 is a bit of an exhausting trawl to get through unless you like hearing near-identical Lex Luger/a-like beats near-constantly for TWENTY FIVE tracks. The non-trap/Lex beats on the tape stick out purely as a breath of fresh air in the midst of madness bordering on tediousness (“Paid For” and ”Stoner’s Night” for example). It’s nice, on those tracks, to hear some non-gothic/spectrally thin synth melody/harmony.

Saying that, there are a fair few absolute bangers by Lex on there, including the above ”Street Shit”, ”Who Da Neighbours” and ”What The Fuck Is Y’all On”, on which that 808 is just completely pulverising. ”Street Shit” sticks out for its use of sustained sub-bass lines and some (yes, gothic) brass chords in the hook and for that memorable image of a house being turned into a frame by a big gun.

Lex’s beats, I need hardly point out, usually act as a sort of surrogate house-leveling cannon for gun-talk rappers - you can imagine his laptop spewing empty cartridges every time a hi-hat rattles, and his entire desk shaking with recoil every time a sawn-off 808 explodes through the speakers.

His tracks sound like threats - like weapons, like a crowd of angry goons backing up a rapper, like a massive fist-fight in the crunk club of a middle-class blogger’s nightmares, like rabid animals, like daemons flying through stormy Transylvanian skies looking for peasants to eat…

Unfortunately (again I need hardly point out) they also sound nearly IDENTICAL, and so half the time end up sounding like none of the above, instead sounding like big slices of ”I’ve heard this a million times before, please kill me.”

Lex talked about this in an interview with Complex a while back, this quote is interesting and funny (in that it makes me picture Busta Rhymes hanging around outside Lex’s basement-studio with a pile of unsold Flipmode Squad CDs and a bag full of cheeseburgers:

“It is [true], in a way [that his beats all sound the same]. But every interview I do, I try to tell them that it’s a lot more than that [‘B.M.F.’ sound]. When I’m sending out 40 beats a day to one artist, out of those 40 he might pick two just because they sound like ‘B.M.F.’ or ‘Hard In The Paint,’ and he feels like that’s his hit. I think that’s a big problem in music right now. Everybody is like, ‘Oh, he’s hot right now. I’m going to try and get something that sounds like him.’ And that’s what I feel like a lot of artists did to me because Waka was really the biggest thing at one time. So they wanted that ‘Hard In The Paint’ sound. And I was just the man behind that, so they reached out to me. So when I sent them other types of music, they were like ‘What is this?’ I want ‘B.M.F.’ or ‘Hard In The Paint. Don’t send me this.’ So what I try to do now is, I try and hold the ‘B.M.F.’ and ‘Hard In The Paint’ sound to myself. I won’t send that out. I’ll send the pop music or the R&B out to the major artists so they have to do it.”

[Chingy] was like, ‘I want that ‘Hard In The Paint.’ Give me something just like ‘Hard In The Paint.’’ I was like, ‘Bruh, I can’t do it.’

“But certain artists just want ‘Hard In The Paint’ and ‘B.M.F.’ The thing that kills me is it’s the big artists that have five and six albums already out, asking me for what I made a year ago. I was at the airport, someone was calling me, and I didn’t know who it was, so I picked it up like, ‘Yeah, what’s up? This is Lex Luger.’ And they was like, ‘Yeah, this is Chingy.’ I was like, ‘Who? Chingy?’ I couldn’t believe that man. [Laughs.] He called me like, ‘I need some beats man. I want to go back in.’ And I wasn’t like, ‘Nah. Chingy, I don’t want to work with you.’ I was like, ‘Alright, cool.’ He was like, ‘I want that ‘Hard In The Paint.’ Give me something just like ‘Hard In The Paint.’’ I was like, ‘Bruh, I can’t do it.’ A lot of people like that call me though. I get that all the time. Busta Rhymes called me the other day. Sean Garrett said he wanted a hit for the club. They’ll call me and be like, ‘I need that hit to bring me back.’”

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