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Beats Per Millennium - OJ Da Juiceman: Otha Side of the Trap

OJ Da Juiceman: Otha Side of the Trap

OJ Da Juiceman – ever heard of him? A southern American rapper who has been in the rap scene since 2003 (with mixtapes) has formerly landed his first studio album, The Otha Side of the Trap. And truth be told, it could have been a lot better.

I don’t know how many fans OJ Da Juiceman has, but I can’t imagine too many. His lyrics are nothing impressive and his beats are messy. Surprisingly, though, he has quite a few hits on sites such as iTunes, MySpace and YouTube. If I were to take a guess at how/why, I would say it is because of his collaborations with Gucci Mane.

Gucci Mane joins Da Juiceman in two tracks on The Otha Side of the Trap, “Good Night” and “Make Tha Trap Say Aye”. Now they aren’t songs that I would put on my iPod, but I suppose I can see how they are popular; both songs have catchy hooks, and both are deemed popular through the eyes of gangsta rap fans, according to YouTube. Fans on YouTube commented that “Make Tha Trap Say Aye” is “dope” and that it “gets you bouncin.”

…Really? This crap gets people “bouncin”? I am flabbergasted. Not in a good way.

“Batman,” Da Juiceman’s fifth track on the album, sounds like something Soulja Boy would release. He raps about his life, compares himself to Batman and raps about having his own Superwoman. What a charmer.

The rest of the album unfortunately follows in the path of the songs previously discussed. Nothing new. Nothing better. OJ Da Juiceman goes a little T-Pain on us in “Hell of a Life” when he gives us his version of an AutoTuned “gangsta.” But everything else is his standard crap.

I wish OJ Da Juiceman had made an album that wasn’t such poor quality and terrible rhyming. He should definitely stick to mixtapes from now on. If I said this album was a disappointment then I would be giving Da Juiceman too much credit; his surname already has ruined his chances at being anything other than a mixtape.

Posted by Mike Denslow at Feb 09, 2009 11:30 PM