"I didn't like it at first until I went in the club," said M.
Since making waves in 2004 with “No Problems,” Lil Scrappy has actually run into several “problems” in both his personal and professional life.
Crime Mob's "Knuck If You Buck" is an immortal classic, but even so, it took on new life last year when it was re-imagined for a new generation with "Juju On That Beat." This weekend, the influential crunk group took a hint from the new interest in their music and reunited on stage at the V-103 concert in Atlanta.
Later on, they shared some special news with Big Tigger in a post-show interview."Crime Mob album #3 is coming up next. On top of that, Diamond and Princess will also be releasing a new project (something they've been hinting at for years).
The male voices are miles-deep slurs, and the female voices are trebly sneers, but they’re all mixed so low in the track that anyone born north of the Mason-Dixon line has to work to pick out more than every third word.
I could listen to it on repeat for hours without getting bored.
There’s only one guest rapper on the entire album, and he doesn’t even rap: Lil Scrappy just provides a quick little hypeman intro to “Knuck If You Buck” and then goes away.
And so Crime Mob uses the rest of the album to do exactly what you’d imagine a group of Atlanta-area teenagers with major-label contracts to do in 2004: they spend twelve tracks exploring all the different ways they’re going to beat your ass.
On Crime Mob’s self-titled debut album, there’s one Lil Jon beat and one Oomp Camp beat, and every other track comes from Lil J.
“Rock Yo Hips,” the first single, is basically a snap song, but it’s a good snap song.
They’ve invented their own dance and everything, and it’s not as much fun to hear 19-year-old girls rapping about how sexy they are as it was to hear 16-year-old girls rapping about beating you up, but the track has some of the same spacey repetition and unbridled enthusiasm as “Knuck If You Buck.” If I had access to a car with some subwoofers, I could tell you if Lil J is still manufacturing violent bass-pounds, but I don’t, so I can’t.
It’s a perfect example of the sort of drunken John Carpenter posse-cut bombast that DJ Paul and Juicy J regularly churned out before they rediscovered Willie Hutch samples and chased everyone out of their group.
But it came out in 2004, a couple of years after Paul and Juicy moved out of their black-magic phase, and it came from an unknown group of teenagers called Crime Mob, which makes me love it even more.