RELEASE
June 09, 1998
LABEL
Uptown/Universal
GENRES
Rap, Southern Rap, Dirty South

Album Review

Among the flurry of Cash Money releases during the late '90s, 400 Degreez certainly stands out, and not just as Juvenile's shining moment but also as the album that forced everyone to suddenly take this Dirty South collective very seriously. Before 400 Degreez, Cash Money had been operating relatively well, securing a distribution deal with Universal and broadening its audience with every successive release. But nothing prepared anyone for the success of 400 Degreez, particularly its two anthemic singles, the tongue-twisting "Ha" and the booty-calling "Back That Azz Up." These two songs alone make 400 Degreez noteworthy. They're absolutely two of the best songs to come out of the late-'90s Dirty South boom. Moreover, two remixes of "Ha" come late on the album, one with the Hot Boys, the other with Jay-Z. These four highlights -- "Ha," "Back That Azz Up," and the "Ha" remixes -- break up the album, somewhat concealing the filler. And, yes, there is filler here, as with any Cash Money album, but even it is worthwhile, either because of Juvenile's carefully structured rhyming or producer Mannie Fresh's seemingly bottomless well of hot beats. Among the singles and the filler here, there are also a few great album tracks as well. In particular, "Flossin Season" features some incredibly brash boasts from the Big Tymers, and "Rich Niggaz" features an absolutely frantic beat that ricochets on for five breathtaking minutes. All of this, along with perfect timing, dropping just as the Dirty South broke into the mainstream, made 400 Degreez a phenomenal release for Cash Money, quite arguably the label's crowning achievement. This album, of course, made Juvenile a superstar and, in turn, towered over him for years as the achievement by which he would always be measured.
Jason Birchmeier, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Introhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/intro/id18501442?i=18501030&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Hahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/ha/id18501442?i=18501052&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Gone Ride With Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/gone-ride-with-me/id18501442?i=18501079&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Flossin Seasonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/400-degreez/id18501442?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Ghetto Childrenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/ghetto-children/id18501442?i=18501133&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Follow Me Nowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/follow-me-now/id18501442?i=18501153&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Cash Money Concerthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/cash-money-concert/id18501442?i=18501167&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Welcome 2 the Noliahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/400-degreez/id18501442?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. U.P.T.http://itunes.apple.com/album/u-p-t/id18501442?i=18501216&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Run for Ithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/run-for-it/id18501442?i=18501243&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Ha [Hot Boys Remix][*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/ha/id18501442?i=18501265&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Rich Niggazhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/rich-niggaz/id18501442?i=18501295&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Back That Azz Uphttp://itunes.apple.com/album/back-that-azz-up/id18501442?i=18501321&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Off the Tophttp://itunes.apple.com/album/400-degreez/id18501442?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. After Cash Money Concerthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/after-cash-money-concert/id18501442?i=18501353&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. 400 Degreezhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/400-degreez/id18501442?i=18501378&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Juvenile on Firehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/juvenile-on-fire/id18501442?i=18501405&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Ha [Jay-Z Remix][*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/ha/id18501442?i=18501434&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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