Straight for paper, paper chaser...
Gangster gangster, gangster gangster.
Juelz Santana is not the best rapper in the game. He is not the most charismatic (Killa!). He doesn't have the best wordplay, flow, lyrics, delivery. He says things that don't make sense (I've got a whole collection, of my ho collection), he says things that would come off as crass from anyone else (Kill yourself - The entire song).
Yet we listen ever so closely. Connor posted a short memoir of his love for Cam. I could do that. Cam is up there for me, top 3 favorites of all time, top 3 greatest of all time (Yeah I said it. Jay, BIG & Cam). Well, I can talk about Juelz like he's up there. Because although in actuality he SHOULDN'T be up there, when the new tape leaks, or he's on Rap City, the buzz is as tangible as that of a heavyweight's.
I first heard him on the What Means The World Remix. No one remembers that verse, understandably. UGK, Cam, Trina and Luda acted a fool on that track, and money just stayed in the background, happily playing the part of the young protege. Diplomatic Immunity came next. Juelz was Hungry, spitting that raw raw, making us believe in his talent and his ghetto. Hop scotch on niggas' faces' left his ankles bad. He wasn't there yet - Cam kept "I Really Mean It" all to himself, but he was on the come up. From Me 2 U, he showed his softer side. Album could've been harder, no promotional push, Juelz Dip Dipped. The interludes. Guest appearances and a mediocre DI2. Sick freestyles. Three dirty mixtapes (1. Round Here 2. Bandana 3. Pick It Up). Now Juelz is running with the new breed. Talking about an album with Jeezy, having Lil' Wayne pop up on tracks. Doper than actual dope. The album, What The Game's Been Missing has arrived.
I can't talk about the impact of the album. It hasn't hit the streets, hasn't even been leaked for 24 hours. It may flop, it may blow up. But Juelz has cemented himself in my pantheon. He's like the Vince Vaughn of rap, menacing yet friendly - making fantastic guest appearances, and capable of carrying his own album every once in a while. Would any of you NOT want to kick it with Juelz?
I don't want to post any more tracks. Go buy the album. I know I will.