As the old adage goes, squeaky wheels get grease.
After initially not being asked to participate 50 times,th As hip-hop music’s anniversary was celebrated at this year’s Essence festival, one of Crescent City’s most famous and successful rappers took to social media to express his disappointment.
And event organizers seemed to agree with his assessment, with multi-platinum star Juvenile performing as part of a special celebration.
Initially, only one New Orleans artist was announced as part of the 50 artists.th Anniversary concert. Mia X will be promoted as part of an evening celebrating women in hip-hop, which will also include Missy Elliott, Ms Lauryn Hill and Megan Thee Stallion.
That led to Juvie’s now-deleted tweet. “How does Essence do hip-hop in New Orleans for 50 years without me??”
“That’s right,” he added before touting another festival appearance. “Donnafest 2nd of July me and my live band + Manny Fresh + Rebirth etc.”
In response, Essencefest released its own social media statement after adding Juvenile Performance to its line-up.
“As we prepared to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop culturally at this year’s festival, we planned around artists from New Orleans and Louisiana and the integration of our musical heritage across several experiences.” the festival posted on Instagram.
“Whether it’s a celebration of hip-hop femcy like the previously announced New Orleans native Mia X, or a special surprise performance by a local hip-hop artist you can’t miss along with Crescent City’s music line, I’m Hip-hop artist Juvenile will be representing the City of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana at our Family Day celebration.”
Juvenile’s 1998 album 400 Degreez has been certified four times platinum by the RIAA for sales of over four million copies. The album featured one of Big Easy’s most famous hip-hop songs, “Back That Azz Up” (released on radio as “Back That Thang Up”), which was released on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time. 100 scored his 19th hit. its release.
In 2004, Juvenile hit number one on the Hot 100 with the song “Slow Motion” featuring the late Soulja Slim. He will perform on June 30th as part of Essence’s Superdome Evening Concert Series.