Juicy J recruited Travis Scott for his druggy new single “Neighbor.” The Three 6 Mafia rapper barks melodic, auto-tuned hooks throughout the track over an airy trap beat laced with synth-flutes and backing chants.
“Filled on drugs, yeah / That’s my love in a cup, yeah / Keep it shut, yeah / Got the dogs in the cut,” Scott sings on the chorus. In his first verse, the “really ecstatic” emcee raps about “moonwalking backwards” and boasts, “Plane got wood floors on the cabin/ Hit a flight attendant, diamond status.” Juicy J appears on the second verse, bragging, “Fresh to death, looking like I stepped up out a casket.”
In a new Billboard interview, Juicy J revealed that “Neighbor” originated after Scott reached out to peruse some beats while he was working on his recently issued third LP, Astroworld. “We vibed out in the studio,” Juicy J said. “On my way out, after we had been in the studio for three hours, I was like, ‘Yo, Travis, let me get a record for my new album.’ He went into his files and pulled up ‘Neighbor.'”
The Memphis rapper said the “beat was already done” but didn’t have a clear format at this early stage. “When I got to the studio the next day, I took the track and chopped it up,” he said. “I took a piece and made a hook. The part where he was rapping I put first. Then I added a verse on it, and it was magic from there. I had to put it in a sequence.”
It’s unclear whether “Neighbor” will appear on an upcoming Juicy J album, but the rapper noted he has “over 50 new songs” recorded. “I have been producing a lot of new records with $uicideBoy$,” he told Billboard. “I’ve got another single I’m going to drop with Kevin Gates and Lil Skies that’s produced by Tay Keith. It’s hard as fuck. After that single, we’ll see. If the vibe is right, I might just drop my album out of nowhere. I’ve probably got 10 albums [worth] but you never know.”