Juvenile Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Cash Money Millionaires f/ E-40 "Baller Blockin'" (2000)

Album: Baller Blockin'
Label: Cash Money/Universal
Producer: Mannie Fresh

Juvenile: “We did 1.4 million on the soundtrack. In that era, I thought there was nothing we could do wrong. We just couldn’t make a mistake. So shoutouts to E-40 for coming out to shoot the video with us. With E-40, it’s kind of different [than with the rest of the industry].

“E-40 is from Vallejo, California but he knew just as much about New Orleans as I did. If you went to Grambling you knew New Orleans, because pretty much all the people that went to Gram are from New Orleans. They’d come down and have the Bayou Classic every year. I never knew he went to Gram until he told me. We just started clicking from there.

“If somebody can relate to where you come from, it’s kind of easy to have a friendship. That dude, he’s just one of them smart cats. He’s real intelligent. He might kill you with the wordplay. It might take you a minute to figure out what he’s saying, you might need an encyclopedia. But he a pretty smart cat, he a businessman first.

 

Being in the projects for that many days, the hood don’t really like that because you’re gonna bring police around. We kind of messed up the hustlers. That’s the main reason we put the script down. We was like, ‘Hurry, finish the movie and get the hell up out of here to let those people go back to doing what they do.’

 

“That movie was fun. We started off with a script with actual writers and stuff. But after day three, we was saying let’s do it the way we want to do it. Let’s just say it naturally our way and go from there. The movie is one of the most classic hood films of all-time. It goes right there with Shottas.

“Being in the projects for that many days, the hood don’t really like that because you’re gonna bring police around. We kind of messed up the hustlers. That’s the main reason we put the script down. We was like, ‘Hurry, finish the movie and get the hell up out of here to let those people go back to doing what they do.’

“But that movie was fun. I never shot a movie before. I didn’t understand half of the camera language. Now when I sit back and look at it I’m like, ‘Damn, we did pretty good.’ Compared to people who been doing movies for year, for some new cats we did pretty good. It was all thrown together.

“You gotta remember, the only videos we saw and stuff was on TV. We never saw a person shoot a video before. So the videos was like, ‘Just have fun.’ Another thing is the directors, guys like Dave Myers and Mark Klasfeld, they’re historians right now. So two of the biggest guys in the video game started from us.”

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