Cardi B, the Grammy nominated rapper, was born in 1992. Juicy J, the Academy Award winning rapper, started spitting lines in 1991. He’s a founding member of the legendary Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia, one rap’s longest running musical institutions, certainly nothing to scoff at.
Everyone from Lil Jon (and Atlanta’s 2000s crunk scene at large,) A$AP Rocky, and the latest wave of SoundCloud rappers owe much to the aggressive style of the Juicy J’s crew. The issue of legacy, however, is that modern-era Juicy can relax on tropes without feeling the pressure to innovate, which is why his collabo with Cardi B, “Kamasutra,” is not great?
Released this morning, the song features a fairly tired sex rhymes (“I’m gonna fuck you all night”) where both rappers sound disinterested. The song’s rumbling trap production is clear update on ‘90s Three 6 Mafia, along with the bed squeak sample that recalls Trillville’s 2004 hit “Some Cut,” another group who bit heavily from Juicy J’s influence.
The song’s sole redeeming factor is that it samples one of J’s old school hits “Slob On My Knob,” (for what it’s worth, the track is currently being ripped off right now in A$AP Ferg’s “Plain Jane” and G-Eazy’s “No Limit.”) “Kamsutra” isn’t great, but maybe give it a listen or nine. If the rest of the rap world continues to grab from his work, we can all do Juicy J the favor: