Listen to the new album from Elias Dummer!
Listen to the new album from Elias Dummer!

JFH Staff Review

Johnny B. Good

Album length: 15 tracks: 53 minutes, 02 seconds
Street Date: Summer, 2005

In the world of hip-hop, an artist is defined by his beats and rhythematic flow. If you excel well with these two elements, then you'll have opportunities of getting recognized and eventually get signed to a major record label. However, nothing in modern music is for certain until an artist gets that one life changing phone call which will set his musical career in motion. But an MC does not necessarily need a contract to bring forth quality music to blend together with his lyrical talent. This important piece of info factors in perfectly with Bronx, New York native J.Juice.

Having only been raised by his Dominican mother throughout his childhood, Johnny "Juice" Pichardo enjoyed the finer things in life, but was always searching for his purpose, yet without depending on God's calling for him. After graduating from college in South Carolina and having a short stint with the secular underground rap group Dem Boiz, J.Juice finally surrendered his life to Christ in 1999 and began pursuing interest in Gospel hip-hop. With a solo project already under his belt, this New York MC has returned with his sophomore effort Johnny B. Good.

The album in question is best defined as "Kirk Franklin meets Nelly" in style and beat patterns. The first single, "I'm Shifting Gears," paints a beautiful portrait of Juice's willingness to break his old habits of not giving of his full service to God and striving to live a better life because of Him. In another instance, the bass and drum feel of "Me and My Big Mouth" comes full throttle on the dangers that lie within an individual who experiences difficulties controlling his tongue, which is an example of James 3:6 - "And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is an unrighteous world among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the cycle of nature, and set on fire by hell."

J.Juice also invites friends to collaborate with him on Johnny B. Good as well, which include vocal appearances by Devert on the songs "Run and Tell" and the title track, while a soulful voice from a young lady named Tasha provides the chorus melodies for "If God is 4 Me." The album's biggest highlight is the fresh arena-esque "Fire" and just begs to be heard in major clubs. Unfortunately, the album is not without flaws as the live version of "I'm Shifting Gears" is not a song but rather the artist himself taking nearly 5 minutes to pump up the crowd for his hit single. Fortunately, the bonus tracks by rap group The Compound, as well as a music video for "I'm Shifting Gears," found on the CD's enhanced portion make up for the non-music track featured.

With uplifting lyrics and radio friendly beats, J.Juice has a passion for God and for hip-hop. Even though he has a couple of areas that could use improvement, Mr. Pichardo has a unique vibe and style that is impossible to go unrecognized amongst his underground emcee adversaries. Johnny B. Good is undoubtedly a family-oriented album that kids, teens, and adults of all ages can enjoy.

- Review date: 10/9/05, written by Paul Portell


. Record Label: Juicy Records
. Album length: 15 tracks, 53 minutes and 02 seconds
. Street Date: Summer, 2005
. Buy It:

  1. Intro - The Commercial
  2. I'm Shifting Gears(Radio Version)
  3. Fire(Radio Version)
  4. Me and My Big Mouth
  5. Not 4 Da Radio
  6. Run and Tell feat. Devert
  7. If God Is 4 Me feat. Tasha
  8. One More Time
  9. Johnny B. Good feat. Devert
  10. Watch What U Do
  11. I'm Shifting Gears(Live from H.O.P.)
  12. A Conversation with Compound
  13. Do U Believe In Christ(Compound)
  14. Here Comes Jehovah(Compound)
  15. Judge Me Not(Compound)



go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive


JFH Sponsor Spot:



Listen to the new album from Every Nation Music!

Search JFH

Music Out This Week

This Thursday, February 14
Slow Coming Day 1,000 Years (Like A Day) [Indie Vision]

This Friday, February 15
1K Phew What's Understood - EP [Reach]
Bethel Music Bethel Music En Español [Bethel]
Highlands Worship Jesus You Alone - Single [The Fuel]
Neon Feather Come To Life (feat. Matty Mullins) - Single [Centricity]
Jars of Clay If I Left The Zoo (Vinyl Debut) [SMLXL]
LEDGER Completely - Single [Atlantic]
Brady Novotny Passions Collide [MTS Records]
Passion “Step Into The Light” Featuring Sean Curran - Single [SixSteps]
29:11 Worship Marble & Mortar Vol. 1 [DREAM Worship]
Kevin Ward He Loves - Single [DREAM]
Ian Yates Deconstruction - Single [7Core]

Next Friday, February 22
For All Seasons Light and Momentary - Single [Centricity]
London Gatch New Stories [BEC Worship]
Plumb Somebody Loves You - 2-Track Single [Centricity]
Michael W. Smith Awaken: The Surrounded Experience [The Fuel]
The Tommies Reunion The Tommies Reunion [Tyscot]
UPPERROOM To The One [The Fuel]

For all release dates, click here!

New Music Reviews

Check out the new album from Portraits Music!

New Indie Reviews

New Movie Reviews

  • Image Glass
    PG-13 (Theatrical)

Free MP3 Downloads