Juicy J

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Juicy J
Houston performing in 2014
Houston performing in 2014
Background information
Birth nameJordan Michael Houston III[1]
Also known as
  • The Checkwriter
  • Low Down
  • Juice Manne[2]
Born (1975-04-05) April 5, 1975 (age 46)
North Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
Years active1987–present
Labels
Associated acts
Spouse(s)
Regina Perera
(m. 2016)
Children2
Websitethejuicyj.com

Jordan Michael Houston III (born April 5, 1975), known professionally as Juicy J, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and record executive from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a founding member of the Southern hip hop group Three 6 Mafia, established in 1991, with whom he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for their single "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp". His most notable singles as a soloist are his features on the Top 40 singles: Mike Will Made It's "23", Usher's "I Don't Mind" and his own single "Bandz a Make Her Dance" (featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz). The latter served as the lead single for his third album and major label debut, Stay Trippy on August 27, 2013.

In 2002, he released his solo debut album Chronicles of the Juice Man, in between Three 6 Mafia projects. In 2011, Juicy J announced that he was a part-owner and A&R representative for Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Records, and the following year, he signed a solo deal with Columbia Records and Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records.[4][5] Juicy J received a Grammy Award nomination for his feature on the Katy Perry single "Dark Horse", which peaked at number one in the US. He is the younger brother of frequent collaborator and fellow rapper Project Pat.[6]

Early life[edit]

Jordan Michael Houston was born on April 5, 1975. As a teenager, he read a multitude of books and essays on the music industry, learning about marketing, publishing, and royalties. He looked up to fellow Tennessee artist, Al Bell, who was the brief co-owner of Stax Records. He wrote the song, "Slob on My Knob" in 11th grade at North Side High School.[7][8]

Career[edit]

Juicy J performing in 2004

1991–2009: Career beginnings with Three 6 Mafia[edit]

In 1991, Juicy J was a co-founder of the Southern hip hop group now known as Three 6 Mafia. Along with DJ Paul and Lord Infamous, rappers Crunchy Black, Gangsta Boo and Koopsta Knicca. Alongside DJ Paul, Juicy J has launched Prophet Entertainment. In 1994, they left the label to their business partner Nick "Scarfo" Jackson and subsequently launched Hypnotize Minds. In 1995, the group released their first official album called Mystic Stylez. Since then the group has released 8 albums.[9] On July 2, 2002, he released his solo debut studio album Chronicles of the Juice Man, under North North Records. In 2006, Juicy J, along with DJ Paul, Crunchy Black, and Frayser Boy, won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" at the 78th Academy Awards. On June 16, 2009, his second studio album Hustle Till I Die, was released under Hypnotize Minds and Select-O-Hits.[10]

2010–2017: Taylor Gang, Stay Trippy and Rubba Band Business album[edit]

From 2009 through 2011, Juicy J moved away from Three 6 Mafia, focusing on his solo career. During this time, he frequently collaborated with Wiz Khalifa, appearing on his mixtapes and releasing some of his own, including Blue Dream & Lean. In December 2011, Juicy J confirmed these rumors about him as the newest member of Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang imprint, a part-owner and A&R representative.[11] In 2012, he was featured alongside his Taylor Gang label-mates, on the cover of Source Magazine's May 2012 issue. In 2012, he released the lead single to his third album Stay Trippy, the chart topping "Bandz a Make Her Dance", which features guest appearances from 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne. The song was created in a two bedroom apartment in Washington, D.C. and was produced by Mike Will Made It. The song has peaked at number 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[12]

In September 2012, Juicy J secured a recording contract with Columbia Records and Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records.[4][5] In November 2012, Juicy J announced his third studio album Stay Trippy would be released in 2013. He had shown some interest in working with Nas, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z on the album.[13] He later announced that guest appearances on the album would include Wiz Khalifa, The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Project Pat, Young Jeezy, Yelawolf and Big Sean. Juicy J revealed the album would feature production from frequent collaborators Lex Luger, Sonny Digital, Mike Will Made It, Dr. Luke, and Crazy Mike.[14][15][16][17][18][19]

On January 20, 2013, it was announced Juicy J would perform at the 2013 Paid Dues festival on March 30, 2013.[20] On January 25, 2013, he released "Show Out" featuring Big Sean and Young Jeezy, as the second single from Stay Trippy. In June 2013, the album's third single "Bounce It", was released. The album was released on August 23, 2013, when it debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 64,000 copies in the United States.[21] On September 10, 2013, Juicy J was featured in a song by Mike Will Made It which featured Miley Cyrus and Wiz Khalifa.[22]

Juicy J was featured in Katy Perry's single "Dark Horse" from her fourth album Prism (2013). The song was released on September 17, 2013. "Dark Horse" was serviced to U.S. radio on December 17 as the album's third single. On January 7, 2014, Juicy J announced his fourth studio album would be released in 2014.[23] Initially, he announced the title of this album would be The Hustle Continues.[24] On January 30, 2013, Juicy J announced his "Never Sober" concert tour, which began on February 20, 2014. He was supported by Travis Scott and Project Pat on select dates.[25]

On August 7, 2014, he released the song, titled "Low" featuring Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby and Young Thug.[26] On April 14, 2015, he released the song, titled "For Everybody" featuring Wiz Khalifa and R. City.[27]

On August 5, 2016, Juicy J announced a new album Rubba Band Business (named after his acclaimed mixtape series) which was set to debut in the fall of 2016. He released a new single "No English" featuring Travis Scott.[28] On September 28, 2016 Juicy J released a new song "Ballin" with Kanye West on the hook.[29] On November 21, 2016, Juicy J premiered a new song, "Gimme Gimme" featuring Slim Jxmmi of Rae Sremmurd, prod. by Mike Will Made It and Resource of Ear Drummers.[30]

On September 18, 2017, Juicy J released a mixtape called Highly Intoxicated featuring production largely by rap duo Suicideboys, to whom he has acted as an idol and mentor.[31][32] On December 8, 2017, Juicy J released the Rubba Band Business album.

2018–present: New label and The Hustle Continues[edit]

Throughout late 2018 and 2019, he released the standalone singles "Neighbor" featuring Travis Scott, "Let Me See" featuring Lil Skies and Kevin Gates, and "Three Point Stance" featuring City Girls and Megan Thee Stallion.[33] They failed to gain traction commercially and Juicy J was granted release from his recording contract from Columbia Records.[34] On July 31, 2020, Juicy J announced his fifth studio album would be called The Hustle Continues (previously used for a prior scrapped 2014 album title) and released "Gah Damn High" featuring Wiz Khalifa as the lead single through his new label Entertainment One.[35]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2016, Houston married longtime girlfriend Regina Perera. They have a daughter who was born in February 2018 and a son born in 2020.[36][37]

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Result
2006 Academy Awards Best Original Song "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp"
(with Frayser Boy, Crunchy Black, and DJ Paul as the member of the Three 6 Mafia)
Won
2012 HipHopDX Year-end Awards Comeback of the Year Juicy J Won
2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Best Hip-Hop Video "We Still in This Bitch"
(with B.o.B and T.I.)
Nominated
2014 World Music Awards World's Best Song "23"
(with Mike Will Made It, Miley Cyrus and Wiz Khalifa)
Nominated
World's Best Video Nominated
World's Best Song "Dark Horse"
(with Katy Perry)
Nominated
World's Best Video Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Song Nominated
Best Video Won
American Music Awards Single of the Year Won
2015 Grammy Awards Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song of the Year Nominated

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