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A Paranoid Sunday

Artist: Juelz Santana
Album: God Will’n
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Release: January 2013
Best Line: “Fuck the gym I got a real n***** membership”

I love the paranoid rapper persona, grandiose illusions of perpetual stalking, listening and snitching. There’s a lot to worry about when you embody this, old/current girlfriends, drug cartels, feds, family and close friends are all valid, irrefutable suspects in the imagined pending coup, assassination attempt or drug stealing scheme. Juelz Santana has officially transitioned from the fun loving frat party favorite (There It Go “Whistle Song) to a calculated, introverted, paranoid hermit.

It’s surprising because both angles actually work for him. You won’t be listening to this album post Bicardi 151 shots soaked in Natis furiously and fervently grinding it up at a frat house.  It’s absent of anything close to the Whistle Song, but that’s not a bad thing. My favorite song on the album is “What I Want”

A very agreeable beat (almost sounds like a throwback Aliyah). The lyrics are great, rich with those aforementioned paranoid delusions. I think perhaps the most compelling part is the detachment from reality. I find it both amusing and fascinating that Juelz thinks the brevity of his phone conversations could potentially detour/evade anyone who may be listening to his phone conversation. Also that any women he may be courting would have the where with all or technological savvy to install a bug on his phone. Most of the album follows suite, lots of paranoia a couple songs about smoking weed and a couple murdering songs for good measure. There’s surprisingly few fillers here as you can almost listen to the album from start to finish with very few skips.