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Lil Jon

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Exuberant, loud-mouthed, and regularly adorned with a bejeweled pimp chalice in hand, Lil Jon was the charismatic figurehead of the Dirty South crunk movement that arose from the Atlanta area around the turn of the century. Born Jonathan Smith on January 27, 1971, in Atlanta, Georgia, the producer/rapper began his rap industry ascension as part of Jermaine Dupri's So So Def label, for which he worked from 1993 to 2000. In the mid-'90s Lil Jon began making a name for himself as a producer with a knack for club remixes. Before long he formed his own group, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, comprised of Big Sam and Lil Bo, in addition to himself. Essentially a means of showcasing his production talent, and profiting from it as well, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz signed to Mirror Image Records, an Atlanta-based label distributed by Ichiban Records. In 1997 the label released Who U Wit?, a CD single, and Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album; a second CD single, Shawty Freak a Lil Sumtin', followed in 1998. The regional success of "Who U Wit?" brought with it plenty of outside production opportunities for Lil Jon, and so it wasn't until 2000 that he returned with another East Side Boyz album, We Still Crunk, this one released independently by BME Recordings. A contract with TVT Records followed, as did the group's label debut, Put Yo Hood Up (2001), which boasted some previously released material (e.g., "Who U Wit?," "I Like Dem Girlz"), as well as "Bia' Bia'," the first Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz single to get national airplay, thanks in part to the song's guest features (i.e., Ludacris, Too Short). Led by the single "I Don't Give a @#&%," Kings of Crunk (2002) then capitalized on Lil Jon's breakthrough, spawning the Top Five hit "Get Low." Featuring the Ying Yang Twins, "Get Low" was a club phenomenon throughout 2003; Part II, a CD/DVD EP released toward the end of the year, featured dancehall and merengue remixes of the song, along with additional material. Lil Jon's production style became ubiquitous on urban radio thereafter, as "Salt Shaker" (a production for the Ying Yang Twins), "Goodies" (Ciara), "Yeah!" (Usher), "Freek-a-Leek" (Petey Pablo), "Shorty Wanna Ride" (Young Buck), "Damn!" (YoungBloodZ), "Let's Go" (Trick Daddy), "Culo" (Pitbull), "Head Bussa" (Lil Scrappy), "Neva Eva" (Trillville), and "Shake That Monkey" (Too Short) all garnered significant airplay in 2003-2004. By this point, the celebrity of Lil Jon was such that comedian Dave Chappelle was memorably satirizing him (especially his signature "yeaaah!" and "whaaat!?" expressions) on a couple episodes of The Chappelle Show. Toward the end of 2004, "What U Gon' Do," a Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz single featuring Lil Scrappy, announced the release of Crunk Juice, a star-studded album featuring guest features on nearly every song. "Friends & Lovers," featuring Usher and Ludacris, became the most successful single, reaching the Top Three of the Billboard 100. In the wake of Crunk Juice, Lil Jon put his solo career on hold while his label went through bankruptcy hearings. He continued to produce hits for others, including "I'm a King" (T.I., 2005), "Touch" (Amerie, 2005), "Girlfight" (Brooke Valentine, 2005), "Okay" (Nivea, 2005), "Presidential" (YoungBloodZ, 2006), "U and Dat" (E-40, 2006), "Gangsta Gangsta" (Lil Scrappy, 2006), and "Dime/Tell Me" (Pitbull, 2006), among others. In 2010 his solo career was back in the forefront with the release of that year's Crunk Rock. A year later he competed on Donald Trump's reality television show Celebrity Apprentice, losing to country music star John Rich, while 2014 saw him mash crunk with trap and electro on "Turn Down for What," his Top Five dance hit and collaborative single with DJ Snake. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Albums by
Lil Jon

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    14 songs

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    Crunk Rock

    4 songs

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    Drink (feat. LMFAO)

    32 songs

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    Crunk Rock

    4 songs

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    Get Loose

    9 songs

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    Drink

    1 song

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    Take It Off

    1 song

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    Take It Off (Spanglish Version)

    1 song

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    Bend Ova

    1 song

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    Bend Ova

    1 song

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    Turn Down for What (Official Remix)

    1 song

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    Give It All U Got

    1 song

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    I Do

    1 song

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    I Do

    1 song

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    Act A Fool - Single

    5 songs

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    Snap Yo Fingers

    27 songs

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    Gansta Grillz 9

    20 songs

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    Crunk Juice

    17 songs

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    M.I.A.M.I.

    30 songs

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    Kings of Crunk

    4 songs

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    Drink

    1 song

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    Get Loose

    1 song

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    Ms. Chocolate

    1 song

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    Outta Your Mind [Explicit Version]

    26 songs

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    Crunk Juice [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]

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Top Songs by
Lil Jon

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  2.   Turn Down for What by DJ Snake
  3.   Get Low
  4.   Snap Yo Fingers
  5.   Bend Ova by Tyga
  6.   Turn Down for What featuring 2Chainz
  7.   Lovers & Friends by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
  8.   Outta Your Mind
  9.   What U Gon' Do
  10.   Drink
  11.   Real N***a Roll Call
  12.   Get Crunk
  13.   Bitches Ain't S**t
  14.   Ooh Na Na Naa Naa featuring Oobie & Devin "The Dude"
  15.   Da Blow
  16.   Get Loose
  17.   Take It Off featuring Becky G
  18.   Shots
  19.   Turn Down For What
  20.   Pitbulls Cuban Rideout featuring Pitbull
  21.   Throw It Up featuring Pastor Troy
  22.   E40 Choppin
  23.   Crunk Juice
  24.   In da Club by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
  25.   Work It Out
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Stations & Shows Featuring
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