Juvenile Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

DJ Jimi f/ Juvenile "Bounce (For the Juvenile)" (1993)

Album: It's Jimi / Playaz of da Game
Label: Soulin/Avenue
Producer: Leroy "Precise" Edwards

Juvenile: “That’s where everything started. It’s just one of those songs. It came out and it hit the radio. It didn’t do the whole country, but as far as the South and Midwest, I was doing shows because of that song. I was in Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina. It paved the way for me.

“I was anxious [recording that]. I was hungry. I didn’t have respect for the art. I was just wild. I would get a few drinks, get in the studio, and record. That wasn’tmy first bounce record and I had been rapping since before I did bounce music. So I had been doing bounce music for three or four years before it came out but that was the first one that made noise.

 

I had 12 people working for me. Basically, I cosigned them with a certain amount of tapes, maybe 50 to 100 cassettes. They would bring me a certain amount back and keep the rest. It was kind of like the drug game.

 

“I would put out a tape and outsell anybody who was coming out of New Orleans. I had a cassette tape that I had to burn and make copies of myself. I would come out to the club at the end of the week and we would have bags full of tapes. Pretty much the whole club was trying to buy the same thing. The only place you could get it was from was me. It was hand-to-hand, but we was making more than the record store.

“I had 12 people working for me, mostly friends and family. I would sell them tapes at $10 a piece and they could charge whatever then. Basically, I cosigned them with a certain amount of tapes, maybe 50 to 100 cassettes. They would bring me a certain amount back and keep the rest. It was good business. It was kind of like the drug game, pretty much the same. When ‘Bounce (For The Juvenile)’ came out, I was doing alright. I was pretty nice.”

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