Back in the day, Juvenile was one of the few artists recording for Cash Money who was worth a shit. He even gave Lil’ Wayne his first memorable appearance, in the cleaned-up version of “Back That Azz Up.” Juve has since moved on — at least in the physical sense. On his first album in three years, the New Orleans rapper unloads a bunch of rhymes about making money, ruling the streets, and “rollin’ like a big dawg.” Cocky and Confident’s opening title track comes out strong — “If you’re a pit bull, I’m Mike Vick/ I’ll bury your ass,” Juvenile declares — but the overlong album quickly settles for past triumphs. His flow is still on, but the beats and themes are five, if not 10, years old. At least his producers are familiar with Auto-Tune. The game hasn’t changed much for Juvenile. Not much else has, either. — Michael Gallucci
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