Pimp Juice (drink)
Pimp Juice is the brand name of the non-carbonated energy drink inspired by the Nelly song "Pimp Juice". Nelly also co-owns the drink. Produced by Fillmore Street Brewery, in St. Louis, Missouri USA, Pimp Juice is marketed as "Hip-Hop's #1 Energy Drink."
|Manufacturer||Fillmore Street Brewery|
|Country of origin||USA|
|Related products||Cocaine (drink), Monster Energy|
Pimp Juice was one of the first celebrity driven energy drinks on the market, and an example of hip hop and pop stars using their appeal to younger audiences to market and sell non-music related products.
The drink contains 100% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12 as well as 7mg of taurine. The drink is intended to taste like apples and berries, and is commonly used as mixer in alcoholic drinks such as vodka and rum. Two follow-up drinks have been released, PJ Tight (a low-carb variant) and PJ Purple Label (flavored with grape and prickly pear).
When released, Pimp Juice was a source of controversy after a number of community groups called for a national boycott of the product for glorifying and promoting a negative stereotype of African-American lifestyle.
Pimp Juice is still sold online from an Australian site but consumers outside Australia are asked to send email and ask about availability.
Ingredients are water, high-fructose corn syrup and/or sucrose, apple juice concentrate, citric acid, natural flavor, d-Ribose, malic acid, ascorbic acid, inositol, maltodextrin, guarana seed extract, niacin, calcium pantotherate, taurine, pyridoxine hydrochloride, yellow #5, riboflavin, blue #1, cyanocobalamin.
|Ingredient||Amount||% daily value*|
|Calories from fat||0||0|
|Total carbohydrates||35 g||12%|
|Vitamin C||2000 mg||100%|
|Vitamin B3||16 mg||100%|
|Vitamin B12||2.4 µg||100%|
|Vitamin B6||1.3 mg||100%|
|Vitamin B5||5 mg||100%|
|*Per can, values based on a 2,000 calories per day diet.|
The first case of Pimp Juice Energy Drink was produced and shipped in August, 2003 by Fillmore Street Brewery, a St. Louis, Missouri company partially owned by Cornell Haynes, Jr. also known as Nelly. The Pimp Juice team was driven by Nelly himself and organized by former Fillmore Street Brewery President, Demetrius Denham.
Pimp Juice started as a mostly regional product, with distribution limited to the Midwest (Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois and Michigan), but expanded nationally quickly to meet the demand created by national media coverage.
Pimp Juice made national headlines when several cultural groups and women's organizations, including Project Islamic H.O.P.E., the National Alliance For Positive Action, the National Black Anti-Defamation League and the Messianic Afrikan Nation, called for a national boycott of Pimp Juice Energy Drink and all stores that carried the product.
Naji Ali, the director of Project Islamic H.O.P.E., one of the leaders of the boycott, stated that the drink "Contributes to negative and demeaning stereotypes of African-Americans", while others said that the name "degrades women and glorifies a pimp lifestyle". Paul Scott of the Afrikan Nation has also expressed concerns that the drink promotes the wrong leadership and lifestyle that is required in the black community.
Demetrius Denham, co-founder of Fillmore Street Brewery, was one of the first to speak out publicly in defense of Pimp Juice when he told BET.com "the term pimp has changed meaning over the years and doesn't have the same connotation to youth. I think it's a word that has changed significance over the last 10 to 15 years".
Nelly defended the product as "Pimp Juice is anything that attracts the opposite sex; it could be money, fame, or straight intellect; it don't matter! Pimp Juice is color blind; you find it works on all colors, creeds and kinds; from ages 50 right down to nine." He noted that a portion of the proceeds from the drink will go to his philanthropic organization, 4Sho4Kids.
While these protests created a storm of negative media coverage, they did little to slow the sales of Pimp Juice. A company spokeswoman said the company sold over one million cans of Pimp Juice in the first 3 months of operations.
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