Juvenile Backs That Live Performance Up | NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

Juvenile on NPR Tiny Desk
Juvenile | Talmage Garn

The renowned rapper Juvenile recently graced NPR Music’s Tiny Desk concert stage, delivering an electrifying performance that left the audience in awe. The concert bounced through his greatest hits, showcasing his undeniable talent. Juvenile performed plenty of songs from 400 Degreez, an album we recently wrote about.

A Catalog of Juvenile Hits

Juvenile’s performance was a thrilling journey through his impressive catalog of hits. The rapper performed a 10-song set that included crowd favorites such as “Set It Off,” “Slow Motion,” “Back That Azz Up,” and “Rodeo.” The energy in the room was palpable as Juvenile worked the stage, serving up amped-up renditions of his top-tier songs. Learn more about “Back That Azz up” here.

See which Juvenile song made our list of the best 90s hip-hop.

The Power of Collaboration

The New Orleans native didn’t take the stage alone. He brought a fully charged party to the Tiny Desk space with the help of a full backing band and Mannie Fresh, the Cash Money Records producer who helmed nearly the entire slate of hits they performed there. The concert’s collaboration between Juvenile and Mannie Fresh was a highlight, showcasing the power of teamwork and shared creativity. Watch the full performance below:


Special Guests and Memorable Moments

The concert was filled with memorable moments and special guests. Juvenile performed “Project Bitch,” the Cash Money Millionaires record he and Lil Wayne built around Turk’s “I Need a Hot Girl” verse. The performance featured special guests Trombone Shorty and Jon Batiste.

An Orchestral Finale

To close the set, Juvenile welcomed a cellist and violinist from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to perform an orchestral rendition of “Back That Azz Up.” This unique interpretation of one of his biggest hits was a fitting end to an unforgettable concert.

The Juvenile Journey to the Tiny Desk

Interestingly, Juvenile’s Tiny Desk debut almost didn’t happen. Initially, he was hesitant about the idea of performing as part of the series. However, after a tweet suggesting his performance garnered close to 12,000 retweets, he reconsidered and agreed to participate. The result was a concert showcasing Juvenile’s talent and demonstrating live music’s power in bringing artists and audiences together.

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