Thursday, June 15, 2023

Congress Pays Tribute to Juvenile's Impact on Hip-Hop, NPR Tiny Desk Performance Revealed

Photo courtesy Office of Rep. Troy Carter
It has been an eventful week for Juvenile, the legendary rapper from Louisiana.

On Wednesday, Juvenile, a native of New Orleans, received a congressional resolution that recognized his significant contributions to hip-hop and the Black community. Rep. Troy Carter (D-La.) had the privilege of presenting this honor to Terius Gray, the artist's birth name.Carter, also hailing from New Orleans, highlighted Gray's achievements in his music career, both within his hometown and beyond. He acknowledged Juvenile as a trailblazer of the Southern style of hip-hop, an artist who has captivated audiences worldwide. Carter emphasized Juvenile's unwavering representation of New Orleans and Louisiana, stating, "Juvenile is most deserving of the highest recognition for proudly representing the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana as a globally recognized musical artist." He extended his sincere wishes for Gray's continued success and acknowledged his pivotal role in popularizing the distinctive New Orleans Bounce style of music around the globe.

Juvenile's journey to stardom commenced as the flagship artist of Cash Money Records, a pioneering record label founded by brothers Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Birdman" Williams. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Juvenile gained immense popularity as a member of the label's Hot Boys group, alongside fellow artist Lil Wayne.

It was with his third album, the monumental "400 Degreez" released in 1998, that Juvenile soared to new heights. The album achieved an impressive four-times platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, solidifying Juvenile's position as a powerhouse in the rap industry.

Juvenile's discography boasts chart-topping singles that have left an indelible mark on the music landscape. Memorable tracks such as "Ha," "Back That Azz Up," and the soulful "Slow Motion" featuring the late rapper Soulja Slim have become timeless classics.

This recent honor adds to Juvenile's accolades, as the Louisiana State Legislature unanimously passed a resolution earlier this month to honor his contributions to the hip-hop community and culture. However, the multi-talented artist was not content to rest on his laurels.On Thursday, Juvenile, who previously poked fun at NPR's Tiny Desk series on Twitter by asking, "Wtf is a tiny desk?", surprised his fans by taping a performance for the esteemed platform. This unexpected development came after his followers enthusiastically responded to his challenge, retweeting a tweet that referenced his spiked hard tea, Juvie Juice, over 10,000 times.

DJ Mannie Fresh unveiled the exciting news on his official TikTok account, sharing a behind-the-scenes video from the event. The footage showcased Juvenile and DJ Mannie Fresh surrounded by live musicians, playing music that will undoubtedly resonate with Juvenile's dedicated fanbase.

While the concert's airing date remains unknown, fans can get a preview of the forthcoming spectacle below.
@manniefreshofficial What we up to @Tiny Desk with @Juvenile #tinydesk #manniefresh #juviethegreat #juviejuice #tromboneshorty ♬ original sound - Mannie Fresh

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