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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2006
Folks from places other than New Orleans have said that Juvenile raps like he's deaf. Maybe it's the lazy-tongued drawl. Maybe it's how he randomly adds and subtracts syllables. Maybe it's because some of his favorite words have no written equivalent, or precise meaning - words like whoalay or shipe. But it's no speech impediment. It's New Orleans Third Ward Ghetto - a second language. Juvenile's not deaf. He's bilingual.

Folks outside of New Orleans have also said that Juvenile can't rap. Truth be told, he can't. Not in a Rakim, KRS-One sort of way. But to those who live in and around the Magnolia Housing Project of Uptown New Orleans, not only can Juvenile rap, Juvenile and his fellow Hot Boyz - B.G., Lil' Wayne and Turk - are rap.

New Orleanians have an odd habit of adding affirmative or declarative words at the end of sentences. "I can't go tonight, no." "The test was hard, yeah." Or as Juvenile begins "Ha": "That's you with that bad-a** Benz, huh?" (It's written "Ha." He means "Huh?" As in: "Right? Don't you agree? Isn't it so?") "Ha" is the first single - an updated, remodeled and better version of Juvenile's regional hit, "Solja Rag."

Some of "Ha" is funny - "That's you that can't keep a ol' lady 'cause you keep f*****' her friends, huh?"

Some of "Ha" is cruel - "That h** don't know when to shut her mouth up, huh?/You gon' knock that h*** teeth out, huh?"

Some of "Ha" is criminal - "You know how to work a triple beam, huh?/It ain't hard as it seems, huh?"

Some of "Ha" is just life - "Some of your partners [are] dope fiends, huh?/You don't really wanna f*** wit' them n***** huh?/You come up wit' them n*****, huh?/You stuck wit' them n*****, huh?"

"Ha" may be either a subtly nuanced work of genius or a beautiful accident. Or both.

If you're looking for complex rhyme schemes, complicated flows or advanced subject matter, keep looking. Juvenile raps are strictly rhyme/rhyme, switch. Rhyme/rhyme, switch. His idea of a complex rhyme is status and at/us. (Get it? Both syllables.) His topics are basic and you've heard it all before - wine, women, weapons. The usual. Repeatedly.

Despite these limitations, what keeps 400 Degreez interesting is style. Juvenile chants/sings/raps his lyrics in a deceptively simple way that makes you think maybe you could be a rapper. But you'd best believe that it takes talent. If it didn't, this writer would be a Hot Boy too instead of just writing about them.

In varying combinations, the other three Hot Boyz appear on almost half of the album's 13 songs. They too, sound like average rappers. You'll keep hitting your repeat button though. B.G. has an ominous, dark drawl that makes everything he says sound dangerous even when it's not. Lil' Wayne has the nasal whine of a kid and a funny tendency to say words in pairs - his diamonds don't gleam, they "gleam-gleam." He's not riding on twenties; he's on "twenny-twen-twens." Nothing he says sounds particularly dangerous even when it is. ("All my enemies/See me comin'/All my enemies/Pew! - Be runnin'." From the gunfire, he means. Yeah, right. You'll be laughing. Wayne's laughing too - "I crack myself up," he says.) Turk is the most conventional rapper of the four and he's not half-bad either.

Cash Money has only one producer, Manny Fresh. True to his name, Manny's tracks are fresh - unsampled and uninterpolated that is. They don't call these guys Cash Money for nothing. Forget clearing samples, these guys are collecting 100% of their publishing. Manny's tracks won't change the course of rap production, but they won't bore you either. He likes to place snare drum rolls in unexpected places and he punctuates every song with keyboard stabs that all sound the same except that they're not.

Juvenile and the Cash Money Millionaires are about one thing - entertainment. They're not trying to stimulate, provoke or educate. They're not trying to uplift the race or free the mind. They're just trying to entertain you enough that you'll buy their next record and tell all your friends to buy this one.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 1999
Some people when I read their reviews asked if it had "Back That Azz Up" or "Back That Thang Up" the answer to your question is it's "Back that Azz Up" with the "Azz" cut out. by the way this and the explicit version are the best CD's Iv'e ever heard.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 1999
Juvenile shows that rap can be fun with his album "400 Degreez". With such fun and cool hits such as "Back That Azz Up" and "HA", you'll stick to listening to it until you're backing your thang up all over.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 1999
This version does not have the radio cut of "Back that azz up". Every cuss word is "scratched" out. Since cuss words are used so often, certain songs are almost unrecognizable!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2000
This album is truly a masterpiece. It is better than his second album, Tha G Code. This album has really phat beats(by:Mannie Fresh) and it has some really good lyrics. If you like Jay Z then you would probaly like Juvenile. The best songs on this album are 1,2,4,6,8,9,10,11,13, and 14-18.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 1999
This is a great mix of beats. I love all the Ha's and Follow Me Now. Cant forget Back that thang up. I reccomend this 2 any juvenile fan.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 1999
I enjoyed the music. I think Juvenile has put something out there that a lot of people can relate to. The tracks are great. It's something on the album you can dance to or just sit back and chill to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2000
JUVENILE IS ON TOP OF THE RAP GAME WITH THIS CD. FROM BEGINNING TO END EVERY SONG ON THIS DISK IS DOPE.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2000
Don't get me wrong, this is one of the best CDs I have ever heard. All Cash Money albums are. My Mom made me get the edited version and guess what? IT SUCKS! It totally destroys the entire CD. Songs like Back That Azz Up are nothing but scratch noises. My friends have this CD and I know it is a great album. The best tracks are 2,3,4,5,6,10,11,12,13,16,17,and 18.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2005
This is when I recgonized the Cash Money click, was when Juvenile, came out with his big hits "Ha", "Follow Me", and "Back that Thang Up". I loved tracks like "Ghetto Children" "Flossin Season", and "Juvenile on Fire". This has been one of my favorite rap albums of all time and if they ever do something for rollin stone maganize on the best rap albums of all time it should be on the list.
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