Juvenile Juve The Great (Universal) Rating: NN
After a string of bad luck and a period of estrangement from Cash Money Records, New Orleans chart-buster Juvenile returns to the label with an album aimed at regaining his initial fan base. He succeeds at times. However, the Hot Boys are nowhere to be heard on this album, and they had a lot to do with Juvenile ruling in 1999 and 2000. Here, he's altered his flow and raps more articulately, adding urgency that wasn't evident on previous albums, but the subject matter is repetitive. Numb Numb is an energetic cocaine-vending boast, and there are some interesting horn samples to spice up the standard Casio sound. On the whole, though, the lyrics, guests and production are uninspired.