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Juicy J recruits heavy hitters on solo effort

Rapper and Oscar winner Juicy J will release his album, “Stay Trippy,” later this year.
Rapper and Oscar winner Juicy J will release his album, “Stay Trippy,” later this year.
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Jordan Houston is a hard-working man. It’s evident by his 20-plus-year career and many of those years have been on the road.

But what Houston, who goes by the stage name Juicy J, is most proud of is his Academy Award and his solo music.

“I’ve been fortunate to be able to create music with Three 6 Mafia and we’ve been successful,” he says during a recent phone interview. “I’ve also been lucky to be able to continue to make solo music. Not a lot of people do that after they join a band.”

Houston and his bandmates in Three 6 Mafia picked up an Academy Award in 2006 for best original for its contribution of “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” which was featured in the movie “Hustle & Flow.”

The group is the first hip-hop outfit to win an Oscar and perform at the ceremony.

“It’s been years since we won and I still can’t believe that we accomplished that,” he explains. “We all have our Oscars in safe places.”

Juicy J
With A$AP Ferg
WHEN: 7:30 Wednesday, April 24
WHERE: Sunshine Theater, 120 W. Central
HOW MUCH: $20 at holdmyticket.com or 886-1251

While Three 6 Mafia isn’t making music currently, Houston has been busy at work on his solo album “Stay Trippy,” which is slated to be released this year.

“We’re still getting all the pieces together,” he says. “I wanted it to be out during the spring, but we’re deciding on whether we should push the date. We don’t know yet, but the buzz is looking great.”

Houston has enlisted some heavy hitters for his album. He expressed interest in working with Nas, Dr. Dre and Jay Z early on during the album’s process. He also landed guest appearances from Wiz Khalifa, The Weeknd, Lil Waye, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Young Jeezy, Yelawolf and Big Sean.

In fact, his first single, “Show Out,” features Big Sean and Young Jeezy and the video was directed by Houston.

“I’ve directed videos before, but this is the first time that I actually got recognition for it,” he says. “It’s really huge for me and I had some of my homies come in on the song. I came up with the concept and it took a couple days to direct. Big Sean came in first and did his part and then Jeezy flew in and did his parts. It was a flawless project.”

Houston says performing solo is a bit different than being on stage with Three 6 Mafia.

“I still find myself looking for the other guys,” he says. “I’ve adjusted to it somewhat and am finding myself better on stage.”

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