Release the Sounds: Juvenile, 'Cocky & Confident'
It's an album title that pretty much speaks for itself. Although one would think that three years after the chart success of Juvenile's 2006 album Reality Check, the Crescent City rapper might attempt something a little more humble than Cocky & Confident (the title of his new record, out today on UTP/Atlantic Records). Of course, those two words put together are what turned Terius Gray into Juvenile -- and motivates, along with the $$$, just about every other mainstream MC. And on the cusp of 2010, it's Juvenile's assured mentality that allows his Southern drawl, street grit and cash money flows to remain relevant in a time when skinny jeans and day-glo continue to saturate the world of hip hop.
And while his last album carried notes of sorrow and mourning from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina (buried between ubiquitous booty-centric rhymes and hustler anthems),Cocky & Confident
is mostly a tribute to the "look at me, I'm rich" hip hop cliche. But even if our crappy economic times leave a bad taste in your mouth, it's hard not enjoy tracks likeWe Be Gettin' Money,
by far the best song on the album, packing a chorus that is sure to make your Cadillac (or Honda Civic) bounce with authority.
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