Juvenile Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Juvenile f/ Soulja Slim "Slow Motion" (2003)

Album: Juve the Great
Label: Cash Money/Universal
Producer: Dani Kartel

Juvenile: “That was straight Soulja Slim. I did a song with him on his album and he had ‘Slow Motion’ [on his own]. But Soulja Slim didn’t want to give Koch ‘Slow Motion.’ He said, ‘I wanna do another song with you, but I want you to do this song with me.’ So I recorded the song. But he never told me he wanted me to have the record.

“He went to my brother and said, ‘Tell your brother that if I do the song for Koch, they’re not gonna push this record how it needs to be pushed.’ He wanted that song to go through Universal’s system. Dude was smart. He knew that if the song went on my album he would blow up. If it was on his album, it probably won’t get heard by everybody. I took the song, listened to what he was saying, and said, ‘You know what, you’re right.’

 

Soulja Slim went to my brother and said, ‘If I do the song for Koch, they’re not gonna push this record how it needs to be pushed.’ He wanted that song to go through Universal’s system. Dude was smart. He knew that if the song went on my album he would blow up.

 

“Cash Money didn’t like that song. They really had nothing to do with that record. It wasn’t produced by Mannie, it wasn’t produced by Slim and Baby. They didn’t want nothing to do with the people that made the track. They really didn’t know where the record came from. I just popped up and put that motherfucker on my album.

“I wasn’t talking single or nothing in the beginning because we had ‘Bounce Back.’ I said let’s put it in the album, but in the back of my mind I knew it was a hit because it was the number one song in the clubs in New Orleans and the number one song on the radio [in New Orleans]. But Cash Money wasn’t living in New Orleans so they missed a lot of that. They didn’t know.

“So I started talking to the lady in Universal, Katina [Bynum], and I told her ‘If you could just hear me out, you would back me with ‘Slow Motion.’’ She heard me out and she saw I was right.”

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