The Evil Jeanius

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The Evil Jeanius
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2008 (2008-09-30)
GenreHip hop
LabelBabygrande Records
ProducerBlue Sky Black Death
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The Evil Jeanius is a collaborative studio album by American hip hop production duo Blue Sky Black Death and American rapper Jean Grae. It was released by Babygrande Records on September 30, 2008.[1]

The album was controversial because Babygrande took Jean Grae's vocals without her permission and she was largely unaware of the project until it was announced.[1] Years later, Jean Grae responded to a question about the album by writing, "It was a shit thing to do. Fuck babygrande."[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Beats Per Millennium8.1/10[7]
Chop Shop[8]

Michael Kabran of PopMatters gave the album 4 stars out of 10, saying, "the album lacks the cohesion and comes across like an uneven mixtape, assembled without an active contribution from all parties."[1] Meanwhile, Ben Meredith of URB gave the album 4 stars out of 5, calling it "a powerful hip-hop album, extraordinarily eclectic, and a real treat from the Jean Grae/Blue Sky Black Death collaboration."[6]

Track listing[edit]

1."Shadows Forever"3:37
2."Ahead of the Game" (featuring Blacastan)4:05
4."Threats" (featuring Chen Lo)4:06
5."Away with Me"3:51
6."Even on Your Best Day"3:23
7."Take It Back"3:00
8."Lights Out"3:33
9."Nobody'll Do It for You"2:53
10."It's Still a Love Song"5:04


Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Jean Grae – vocals
  • Blue Sky Black Death – production
  • Blacastan – vocals (2)
  • Chen Lo – vocals (4)
  • MadAdam – turntables (2, 4, 9)
  • Bladerunner – keyboards (10)
  • Mark Christensen – mastering
  • Charles Wilson, Jr. – executive production
  • Ruddy Rock – executive production
  • Ben Dotson – product management
  • Willy Friedman – product management
  • Jesse Stone – marketing


  1. ^ a b c d Kabran, Michael (16 November 2008). "Blue Sky Black Death: Jean Grae: The Evil Jeanius". PopMatters. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived version of Jean Grae: Reddit AMA January 2014". Interviewly. Archived from the original on 29 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Rapper Jean Grae Selling Verses on Craigslist". The Urban Daily. 27 September 2008.
  4. ^ Paine, Jake (22 October 2008). "Blue Sky Black Death - Jean Grae: Evil Jeanius". HipHopDX. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  5. ^ Jost, Matt (28 October 2008). "Blue Sky Black Death :: Jean Grae: The Evil Jeanius :: Babygrande Records". Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b Meredith, Ben (14 October 2008). "Jean Grae :: The Evil Jeanius". URB. Archived from the original on 20 October 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  7. ^ Denslow, Mike (21 October 2008). "Jean Grae & Blue Sky Black Death: The Evil Jeanius". Beats Per Millennium. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  8. ^ Chop Shop review[dead link]

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