Juvenile Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Juvenile "Back That Azz Up" (1998)

Album: 400 Degreez
Label: Cash Money
Producer: Mannie Fresh

Juvenile:“That was the icing on the cake. It’s the song that I didn’t think would make it because it’s Bounce music. I have been doing Bounce music for years and it just went regional. It never went mainstream. I didn’t think people in New York and L.A.—people that weren’t from my area or are used to this kind of music—would like it. It just blew up. I was shocked. I always thought ‘Ha’ was going to be the song to really blow me over, but it was ‘Back That Azz Up’. It was crazy.

 

I got lit. You gotta remember, I’m from New Orleans and we were in Tennessee. The weed quality was 20 times better in Tennessee than New Orleans. So I had never smoked that way. I have never experienced smoking Dro or none of that until I got to Nashville.

 

“I couldn’t leave New York. Every time I came they pretty much stuck me for another two or three days because I had to do other things. I’m just one of them people where I’m just happy I’m still here and can look back and say, ‘You know what? I did it all.’ I’m still doing it.

“Matter of fact, I recorded ‘Back that Azz Up’ and ‘Ha’ two days apart because those were the last songs I recorded before the 400 Degreez album. At the time, we weren’t doing too much drinking, but we were smoking in the studio. I got lit. You gotta remember, I’m from New Orleans and we were in Tennessee. The weed quality was 20 times better in Tennessee than New Orleans. So I had never smoked that way. I have never experienced smoking Dro or none of that until I got to Nashville.

“I didn't want ‘Back That Azz Up’ to be a single, I wanted to be the street that tough or hardcore street motherfucker. But that shit wasn't working, not in my pockets. [My brother and my close friend] were like, ‘You need to make songs for the women, that's you're selling point.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I hear you, but I could rap too so I want people to get that part of me to.’ I'm kind of glad they forced me into the whole ‘Back That Azz Up’ thing.”

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