Kevin “Juice” Orange (photo by Lady J Photography)
Most tracks on the Best of Daygo City hip-hop compilation are exclusive to the project, a likely factor behind Jake Records picking it up for distribution through retailers, iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. Among its best songs, the track contributed by Juice — “Bounce (Keep It on the LoLo)” — may not have the percussive bombast of his movie tune “Stomp the Yard,” but it stands out as a fair indication that it’d be a mistake to dismiss his act as nothing more than “white-boy rapper” shtick.
It was “Stomp the Yard” that first earned the Indiana-born Juice national attention, after he landed among the finalists in an online MySpace/Sony contest tied to the film’s 2007 release. Composed and recorded just a few days before the contest deadline, the tune remains his best-known (and possibly best-overall) song, so he can be forgiven for recycling the marching-band format for his Daygo City track.
Juice (aka Kevin Orange) is a former member of pro dance troupe Hop-Star and was the first rapper to appear on HookJawNetRadio.com. For his debut album ARTofficial, “I sing and rap, so I use a lot of different styles,” he says. “The album has some street, some club, some smooth, and some R&B crooner-style songs…for the ladies.”
WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?
T-Pain, Three Rings. “His production is amazing, and I love that he sings and raps.”
Justin Timberlake, FutureSex/LoveSounds. “Combine a brilliant singer and Timbaland producing, and you get timeless music.”
2Pac, Greatest Hits. “He’s able to tell you a story, and it just so happens that his words rhyme.”
“YouTube is great for watching dance vids, producers making beats, artists doing their thing, and watching music vids, especially the old-school joints.”
“CNN.com — gotta keep up on what’s going on in the world since I’m usually too busy to watch TV.”
WHAT YOUR FIRST-GRADE TEACHER WOULD SAY ABOUT YOU?
“That kid almost drove me crazy. He never shut up.”
“I had my golden retriever O.J. from when I was a little kid until I was about 13. Still the best dog I’ve ever had.”
“Some old movie with Cher. I was bored out of my cranium.”
“I used to compete in bodybuilding shows, so I used to subscribe to Muscle and Fitness.”
WORDS OF WISDOM?
“My father said, ‘Anything worth having is earned, not given.’ ”
MAC OR PC?
“PC, but I wish I had a Mac so I could produce in Logic Pro. It’s not available for PC, but it’s my favorite production software.”
FAVORITE RAP VERSE (BY SOMEONE ELSE)?
“The Notorious B.I.G.: ‘B.I.G. P.O.P.P.A, no info for the D.E.A.’ ”
WHAT’S YOUR POISON?
“Long Island iced tea.”
GOT A GOOD PICKUP LINE?
“I never use pickup lines. Seems too corny. I just try to be real, introduce myself, ask her name, see what she’s into, and go from there. If she’s feeling me, I don’t need a line.”
“Little bit afraid of heights, but one day I’m gonna get the courage to skydive.”
“Even though I said I’m afraid of heights, I’d like to be able to fly. How G would that be? You’d never have to worry about that rush-hour traffic.”
WHO SHOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE?
EVER SEEN A GHOST?
“I remember one night I was having a late-night production session. I was super tired, and it was about 4 or 5 a.m. I suddenly caught a whiff of the most rotten smell. It felt like someone was watching me, and my hairs stood straight up. That freaked me out. Not sure what that was about.”
WORST CHRISTMAS PRESENT?
“My grandpa gave me a roll of Life Savers candy.”
SOMETHING ABOUT YOU FEW WOULD KNOW OR GUESS?
“I used to play baseball, all the way up to the semipro level.”