How does a rapper follow up a classic like 400 Degreez? For Juvenile and Mannie Fresh, a return to the well was a refinement of the formula they'd begun on the previous record. Juvenile was more reflective, fleshing out bigger ideas and going deeper; witness his verses on "Tha Man," a track that strikes at the heart of Juvenile's growing maturation. He seems most interested in using his experiences to enlighten his listeners.
It's hard not to feel moved by "Take Them 5," where Juvie is primarily concerned with dropping knowledge and hard-earned philosophies. For Mannie's part "Da Magnolia" and single "U Understand" proved he was still capable of producing unique beats that managed to be both subtle and visceral.