Juicy J At Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas
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By Andreas Hale
On a sweltering evening at the Boulevard Pool atop the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on July 31, an eclectic group of guests gathered to see Jordan Michael Houston, aka Juicy J, deliver a rowdy and foul-mouthed set. The diverse group, which included a 50-something grandmother who cursed to the heavens about the heat and an 8-year-old girl accompanied by her mother, were treated to an hour's worth of some of Juicy J's pop hits, including his Katy Perry collaboration "Dark Horse," which he performed with the pop singer/songwriter at the 56th GRAMMY Awards in January.
As soon as the music started, we had all stepped into Juicy J's world, where rumbling bass lines were accompanied by lyrics containing nearly every obscenity we could dream of.
It's easy to forget how long Juicy J has been in the game. As a founding member of Three 6 Mafia, his tenure stretches nearly two decades worth of music and his ensuing hour-long set was like a DeLorean ride through his hometown of Memphis, Tenn.
"I see the turn up is real in Las Vegas," Juicy J said as he emerged through a foggy stage performing his latest single "Holy Ghost."
And he was right — the security guards could barely keep the rowdy crowd in check, including a group of women who climbed on the shoulders of a few men for a better view.
The Three 6 Mafia co-founder turned co-owner/A&R rep for Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Records scorched through a string of songs ranging from the high times of "Ain't No Coming Down" to the club anthem "Bandz A Make Her Dance." A sneaky smile stretched across the 39-year-old rapper's face when the crowd belted out a few explicit lines from the latter song with enough vigor that the neighboring casinos likely caught an earful.
After inviting a few over-21 fans to have a drink with him, Juicy J offered us all a quick trip through Three 6 Mafia's catalog, including the trio's Top 15 hit "Stay Fly." When he wasn't trying to keep some fans from disrobing —"There are kids out here so have some respect," he shouted at one point — the Oscar-winning rapper/producer attempted to preach on the perils of underage drinking, which seemed ironic and hilarious after he performed "Bombay Gin Dance."
By the time Juicy J approached his final stretch of songs, including "No Flex Zone," "Riley" and a verse from Kid Ink's remix of "Show Me," the crowd was sweaty and satisfied. As he took several selfies with fans, a live image of the show beamed onto the Las Vegas Strip from the Cosmopolitan billboard and everyone driving down Las Vegas Boulevard were able to see all the juicy fun they had missed.
"You Don't Know"
"Ain't No Coming Down"
"Bandz A Make Her Dance"
"Poppin' My Collar" (Three 6 Mafia)
"Sippin On Some Sizzurp" (Three 6 Mafia)
"Stay Fly" (Three 6 Mafia)
"Slob On My Knob" (Three 6 Mafia)
"Zip And A Double Cup"
"Smoke A N****"
"We Still In This B****"
"Bombay Gin Dance"
"No Flex Zone"
"Show Me" (remix)
(Andreas Hale is a former editor at BET.com and HipHopDX.com. His work has been featured on MTV,Vibe, XXL, Jay Z's Life+Times, Black Enterprise, Ozy, and more.)