Juicy J – Tickets – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD – March 4th, 2014

Juicy J

The Never Sober Tour featuring

Juicy J

Travi$ Scott, Project Pat

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$22 advance; $25 day of;

Juicy J
Juicy J
The year 2006 was owned by Three 6 Mafia, when the Memphis, TN group reinvented the rap wheel by winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Hard Out Here For a Pimp" from Hustle & Flow). The trio already had a healthy collection of hits under their belts, as tracks like "Sippin On Some Syrup," "Stay Fly," "Poppin' My Collar," and "Slob On My Nob" were carefully crafted proverbial club bangers. 2000's When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1 and 2005's Most Known Unknown were Certified Platinum, adding yet another notch in Three 6 Mafia's successful belt. But what happens after that? Sure, the mainstream radar is piqued, but how do you keep the world's attention? For front man producer/rapper Juicy J, it was taking things back to square one. J spent the years that followed creating a street team, shooting videos, and releasing mixtapes (along with the album Last 2 Walk) all in the name of the collective Three 6 buzz. What he found though was a burgeoning solo career that transformed him from one part of a colossal whole to a standalone superstar. As Juicy J readies his second solo album [Stay Trippy], he takes his knowledge of the game and of music to next level trippiness.

"I'm a producer, I never considered myself a rapper," admits Juicy J née Jordan Lonski Houston. "So I always kept my ear to the street and always tried to find out what was the next big thing, what was hot." When the North Memphis native released his debut solo project, 2009's Chronicles Of the Juice Man, he kept the talent localized, with features including former Three 6 Mafia member Crunchy Black and J's older brother Project Pat. The album was Certified Gold, but that wasn't enough for the Juice Man. He continued to release mixtapes year after year, dropping a whopping three mixtapes in 2011 (including the critically acclaimed Blue Dream & Lean). Consistently checking for new talent, J would meet newer Rap acts on Twitter and forge relationships. It was there that Juicy J met Wiz Khalifa and the result of that friendship was a coveted spot in Wiz's Taylor Gang. While Wiz built a solid foundation out of his Taylor Gang army, Juicy J is building one of his own. Welcome to the "Trippy Movement."

The Trippy Movement originated out of Juicy J's decision to keep his music real to himself. "Everything changed once we got the Academy Award. A lot of money kicked in," J recalls. "[Three 6 Mafia] went through a transition where the label was trying to tell us how to make the music, and they wanted the music to go in this kind of a way, in a Pop way and all this extra stuff. You go through those transitions when you've been in the game a long time. You just grow." For Juicy J, though, the choice was to swim the mainstream to the tune of the music he wanted to make. As for the origin of the word trippy? "A lot of people connect the Trippy Movement with drugs, but it can be however you feel," he says. "I mean, I always say being trippy, you do what you want when you want. So it's whatever you feel, what makes you happy. Kind of like being rebellious. It's being like, 'Fuck everything else, I'm going to just do me!'" His self-funded movement proved to be fruitful in more ways than one. From selling "We Trippy Mane" t-shirts on his website (thejuicyj.com) to cups and other merchandise, Juicy J found an extra entrepreneurial income he never planned on making.

As he maintains that Stay Trippy mantra, Juicy J embarks on his next solo project. The album will arrive in 2013 via Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records in conjunction with Sony/Columbia. "It's going to be pretty much like my last mixtape, Blue Dream & Lean. Me being ratchet," he promises. The project is more focused, as Juicy J is in total control, and being given what he likes to consider the freedom to do whatever he wants creatively. His forward thinking production-cap remains on as J crafts a project that still appeals to Three 6 Mafia members, but speaks to Hip-Hop's next generation as well.

Collaborations include The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Yelawolf, Bei Maejor, Trey Songz, along with Taylor Gang affiliates Lola Monroe, Chevy Woods, and of course Wiz Khalifa. The flagship single "Bandz A Maker Her Dance" has already made its rounds, originating on Juicy J's Twitter page. "I put 'Bandz A Make Her Dance' out myself on Twitter and it popped on the Billboard charts and it was climbing the radio charts," he explains. "I'm doing everything that I want to do. This is me. This is Juicy J individually as a person. This is me, all me. So that's what I'm giving. I'm giving the fans me, this is me personally." The next step is the 2050 Tour with Wiz Khalifa, tackling 50 cities in North America. "I mean if I got something on the charts, I need to be out here shaking hands and kissing babies," Juicy J jokes. After that it's back on track to complete his album.

Juicy J's two-decade run in Hip-Hop has brought him to this very moment. While bridging the gap between old and new fans under one trippy umbrella, Juicy J has cracked a code most veteran rappers struggle to decipher. Making uncompromised music that anyone can relate to is this producer/rapper/businessman's forte. It might be hard out here for a pimp, but Juicy J makes it look easy. Running Sony Music is part of his five-year plan. With ambition like his, it's bound to happen. "Why not stack millions on top of millions?" Juicy J says of his foolproof formula. "That's when you get the billions."
Travi$ Scott
Travi$ Scott
At only 20 years old, Travi$ Scott's music has already taken him quite a few places, even if he isn't famous enough to be recognized in any of them yet. He's lived on the east and west coasts, as well as the "third coast" of his native Houston, Texas, but has seen exotic locales while traveling with the most famous of his early fans, Kanye West. Since meeting early last year, the two have spent countless hours in the studio, the fruits of which can be heard on "Sin City," Scott's standout contribution to the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, Cruel Summer. In his verse, Scott paints a vivid picture of a girl caught up in the allure of the fast life: She stepped into hell, cause when it got cold/Don't look in her eyes, you might see straight to her soul/Don't say yes to that good cause you'll never know/Cause we lost in the city, where sin is no biggie! he raps. The charge is something Scott himself can identify with, his music career having taken flight at an astronomical speed over the course of just a few short years.

Travi$ Scott grew up in Houston the son of a drummer and grandson of a music scholar, bitten himself by the music bug after witnessing the showmanship of late 90's rap videos from Mase and Diddy and then later on, experiencing the revolutionary production of Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. Scott began making beats when he was just 17 and sought out the tutelage of the local names he had access to, who just so happened to be dirty south hip-hop legends N.O. Joe and Mike Dean. It wasn't long after that he would venture out to New York to see what he was actually made of. "I'm really into depicting what's in my life," Scott says. "Anything I say in these verses, that's who I am. Those are real stories." Things didn't quite take off the way he imagined in New York, Scott having to couch surf when money got low, so he bounced to Los Angeles for another fresh start. The leap of faith paid off with Scott catching the ear of the "King of the South" himself, T.I., who signed him immediately through his GrandHustle/Epic imprint. With Scott working with T.I., it wasn't long before Kanye West got wind of him, both superstars still utilizing the young prodigy whenever possible.

And though he continues to work on music with his mentors, Travi$ Scott's own Owl Pharaoh EP is soon to set the world ablaze, Scott using everything he's learned from his forefathers to make the project he's sure will satisfy a rapidly growing fanbase. "People are gonna feel the imagery, what my life consists of, what the world of Travi$ Scott is," he says. "What is this kid thinking? Who is this kid? What is he trying to tell us? That's what they gone feel through these songs." So far they've had only morsels to chew on, but the demand grows with each leak like "Blocka," the song he co-produced with Young Chop and raps on with Pusha T, or the super-stylized "Quintana" video or the riot-inducing, Mike Will-produced, "Pus$$y," which features Chuck Inglish, Fredo Santana and Gunplay. Travi$ Scott has collaborated with some of the biggest names in rap and he hasn't even released his EP yet. "It's like becoming friends," Scott says of his music. "Once people get to hang around you more and more, they'll start to understand you. They'll either catch on or they'll get left behind." And soon enough, the world will know what so many of our favorite rappers already do: That Travi$ Scott is the future.
Project Pat

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