Lucky for Juvenile, he can look back on his legacy, mostly his time with Cash Money Records, with a smile on his face, without lamenting too much on the mundaneness of his The Fundamentals LP. The power behind the vocal deliveries and the careful crafting of the beats on this album are both respectable, but the copycat flavors and themes here have obviously been lifted, displaced, and plopped onto it from various other sources. It has unmistakeable hints of Young Money, We The Best, and Maybach Music essences, all of which Juvy is neither a part of or affiliated with. Since Drake so respectfully covered "Back That Azz Up" for Take Care's "Practice" record, it is a shame that Juvenile must uphold his career with mediocre efforts like this latest ten-track album for which the only thing it has to cherish are two big-name, guest emcees. Alas, The Fundamentals could in fact have been much worse, so Juvenile still remains a force to be acknowledged in the rap game.
February 23, 2014