Juvenile Readies Tour, Re-Release

New Orleans rapper travels with Bubba Sparxxx, brings expanded "Reality"

New Orleans rapper Juvenile, whose latest album, Reality Check debuted at Number One last month and has since hit gold, will embark on a series of live dates May 8th in Anaheim, California, through June 3rd, as a warm-up for a summer tour.

"First, I'm going to take a House of Blues tour across the country, just to be light," he says of his dates with fellow Southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx, "and then I'm going to do something big in the summer time. Something real big."

The thirty-one-year-old rapper, born Terius Gray, was ready for his seventh effort, Reality Check, to hit stores last August when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. With his city -- and his newly built house -- destroyed by the storm and flooding, Juvenile delayed the album to lay down new tracks. The single, "Get Ya Hustle On," told his fellow N.O. natives to survive by any means possible.

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But more importantly, expect an expanded Reality Check to hit stores in the near future, with additional songs. "That how I like to do it," says Juvenile, whose 1998 album 400 Degreez was also released in two versions, one completely solo and another with guests including Jay-Z.

"There's so much more to talk about," he adds, "so much controversy surrounding me and my city and what's going on right now. What I'm trying to do to give my people the lift that they need to come back home."