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The other 'Juice' in the '80s gave us this Top 10 hit

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Webster's dictionary cites 1986 as the year when it first recognized the slang word "diss" in the lexicon. Was it a coincidence that the same year the ultimate diss song of the '80s- The Rain - was released?

Oran "Juice" Jones was one of the first artists on the Def Jam label and in 1986 he hit gold and the Top 10 with The Rain. The video for The Rain mirrors the lyrics of the song as Jones discovers his girlfriend is cheating on him. While initially hurt, the twist of the song is Jones plots revenge against his girlfriend. For those who in retrospect think that Jones' mid-song rant and video is misogynic, they might be interested in checking out the response song to The Rain. Later in 1986, female rapper Miss Thang released the song Thunder and Lightning which ups the ante on insults and portrays a different perspective and ending to The Rain video.

In 2014, Jones appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and sang The Rain for Kimmel's birthday show in which Kimmel sings backup and Scandal's Bellamy Young shows up to take the verbal abuse from Jones to Kimmel's great delight.

Jones never charted again after The Rain but continues to be involved behind the scenes in the rap scene of his hometown of Houston.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 9:00am]

    

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