Album: Solja Rags
Mannie Fresh: “I had already knew about Juvenile because I was DJing, but the first time I met him was at a bus stop. I told him to rap, and he just did song after song. It was mind blowing, like, 'Damn, this dude really know all of his songs.' He was like, 'Whatever you want me to rap about, I’ll rap about it.'
I immediately went to Cash Money and said, ‘Ya’ll gotta get this guy Juvenile.’ He felt the same way and was like, 'I been trying to get on one of your beats.'
"The rhyme schemes that he was using and his wordplay, I was just like, 'Dude, this the future.’ I immediately went to Cash Money and said, ‘Ya’ll gotta get this guy Juvenile.’ He felt the same way and was like, 'I been trying to get on one of your beats.'
“‘Solja Rag’ was designed for Juvenile. It wasn’t one of them beats where I was gonna chop it and see who I was going give it to, it was Juvenile all over it. I’m not playing it for nobody else but Juvenile, this was his song.
“There were bits and pieces of songs that was like that, but nobody had ever heard anybody rhyme like that or the beat break down like that—other than ‘Mantronics’ because that’s where I got the snare rolls. So it was just a breath of fresh air and caused a lot of people to just be like, 'Oh my goodness, this song is crazy.' The things he was saying was phenomenal. I like to say a hit to me is this guy’s rewind quality. That song had nothing but rewind quality all over it.”