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Volume 70, Issue 71, Friday, December 3, 2004

Life & Arts

'Juice' remix worth the price increase

Zach Lee
The Daily Cougar

That Lil Jon is crunk needs no explaining. That Lil' Bo and Big Sam (the East Side Boyz) are two of the least intimidating sidekicks since Robin donned his tighty greenies to fight alongside Batman is just as obvious. No matter what, though, the three have again emerged from the At(lanta) Cave to release Crunk Juice.

The album is available with a bonus DVD and remix album for a list price of $22.98, and since most of the songs on the remix album will get as much (or more) radio rotation as the songs on the album, that's the edition to pick up. Even then, though, don't expect Lil Jon and the Boyz to come with anything more than distortion-heavy hip-hop aimed strictly at the club crowd.

"What You Gon' Do" needs no introduction to those who listen to radio rap or watch BET, and the song makes four appearances on the special edition album: once on the regular album, twice on the remix album, and the video is included on the DVD. The Latin remix of the song and "Gasolina," also on the remix album, speak for Lil Jon's affinity for Latin-flavored hip-hop -- something positive for both Lil Jon, considering the growing popularity of the genre, and for fans, considering the quality of these two tracks.

Tracks like "Lovers and Friends" demonstrate the versatility Lil Jon shouldn't be too proud of. It's a classic example of a subpar song that makes it to radio stations because of a couple good guest spots. Lil Jon wasn't cut out for slow piano tracks. For the most part though, the album is exactly what is to be expected of Lil Jon and his merry men: crunk beats, a lot of yelling and enough misogyny to make Keenan Singleton blush. 

The DVD is a pretty hollow addition to this little package, with basically just the one music video and a few award show clips, but the remix album alone is enough to warrant the price increase.

Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz

Crunk Juice

Interscope Records

Verdict: Given the choice, I'd rather gnaw my own leg off.

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