Producer: Juicy J
Album: Underground Vol. 2: Club Memphis
Label: Smoked Out Music
Juicy J: “That was a song I wrote when I was in 11th grade. I was in a history class with this dude named Papa Owens, in North Side High School. And the song was—it had two different kind of beats. The first beat I had with it was just, whatever. People was fucking with it, but they wasn't on-it-on-it. So I changed the beat up, it was like a sampled beat or whatever. And I played it in the club one night—because I started as a DJ.
And I played the song one night, and the next Sunday—because I DJ'd every Sunday—the next Sunday, as I was setting my equipment up, people were coming up while I was walking through the club, they was like, 'Yo yo yo, Juicy, you gonna play that song you played last weekend?'
I was like, 'What?' They was like, 'Slob on my knob or something like that. I think that’s how that went.' I was like, shocked, 'You really liked that shit?!' They're like 'Man, hell yeah. Play that song!'
So the second time I played the song? Whole club went crazy! And that song right there is really, really, seriously, seriously old. That song's been out for a long time. A lot of people are just starting to get on it. Every time we do that song at a show, they go crazy.
But that song been around for, man... [whistles] At least twenty years man, that song's been around for a minute man. I recorded that in my bedroom in my mama's house in my bedroom on a four track. I can't even remember what year that was. I was in 11th Grade.”
“I always wanted to play drums and shit—I was DJing in high school, I started DJing when I was 16. Me and this guy, which I consider a father figure, man, I looked up to him, was a dude named D-Magic. His name was Danny, Danny Jackson. Man, he still around today.
When I was growing up in the hood as a young nigga, he had the equipment. I could do all the scratching and the mixing, but he had the DJ equipment. And a friend of mine introduced me to him, he was like, ‘Yo man, I got all this equipment, I got these records, I got these turntables.’ I was like, ‘All right, let me come by, let me check this shit out.’”
So I went over there, man. I was sixteen, though. But I was good on the turntables. I could scratch, mix behind my back, do all kinds of tricks and shit. I used to love listening to Jazzy Jeff. But anyway, [Jackson] gave me my first start at DJing. He would set the equipment up, and I would do DJing, and we started a business.
My name got kind of hot as a DJ around town, on the north side of town, they had ‘DJ Juicy J.’ That's what I called myself, ‘The Notorious DJ Juicy J.’ [Laughs.] That was a long name back then. I used to spray paint my name all over the sidewalk and shit. [I used to play] LL Cool J, Public Enemy. I'm jamming everything. N.W.A, Geto Boys.