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Jonathan Smith (born January 17, 1971),[1] better known by his stage name Lil Jon, is an American rapper, record producer, and DJ. He was the frontman of the group Lil Jon
Lil Jon
& The East Side Boyz, which he formed in 1997, and they released several albums until 2004. After going solo, he released a new album in 2010 titled Crunk
Crunk
Rock. He was featured on Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
during its 11th and 13th seasons.

Contents

1 Life and career

1.1 Beginnings 1.2 Lil Jon
Lil Jon
& the East Side Boyz 1.3 Solo career and production

2 Musical style and influences 3 Television 4 Personal life 5 Discography 6 Awards

6.1 Grammy Awards 6.2 MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards

7 Filmography 8 Television appearances 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

Life and career[edit] Beginnings[edit] Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Smith graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta. After working as a DJ for Atlanta night clubs, he worked for So So Def
So So Def
Recordings between 1993 and 2000.[1] Lil Jon
Lil Jon
& the East Side Boyz[edit]

Lil Jon
Lil Jon
& the East Side Boyz

Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Genres

Hip hop crunk

Years active 1995–2005

Labels BME

Past members Lil Jon Big Sam Lil' Bo

Smith took the stage name Lil Jon
Lil Jon
and formed musical group Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, with rappers Big Sam (born Sammie Dernard Norris) and Lil' Bo (born Wendell Maurice Neal).[2] The group signed to the Atlanta-based Mirror Image Records and were distributed by Ichiban Records. In 1997, Lil Jon
Lil Jon
& the East Side Boyz debuted with Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album. It included singles "Who U Wit?" and "Shawty Freak a Lil' Sumthin'", the latter of which came out in 1998. Both singles charted on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 70 and No. 62, respectively.[3] In 2000, Jon started up his own label, BME Recordings, and signed a distribution agreement with Norcross, Georgia-based Southern Music Distribution. He released his breakthrough album titled We Still Crunk!. Among the tracks on that project was the hit single "I Like Those Girls," which reached No. 55 on the R&B chart and No. 3 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. Lil Jon
Lil Jon
was talked about as "the new guy" by street team people in the markets where he was attracting his biggest audiences – namely Atlanta, St. Louis, Memphis and Dallas. Bryan Leach, A&R at TVT, went to one of Lil Jon's Atlanta
Atlanta
shows and was blown away by its immense energy.[4] Leach told HitQuarters: "It was like early Beastie Boys, when they had the energy of a rock group but they were rapping, and ... that energy is what crunk music is all about."[4] Lil Jon
Lil Jon
& The East Side Boyz signed to TVT Records
TVT Records
in 2001 and debuted there with Put Yo Hood Up, which combined previously released tracks with new ones. The group's first nationally played single was "Bia' Bia'", which featured rappers Ludacris, Too Short, Big Kapp, and Chyna Whyte.[1] "Bia' Bia'" peaked at No. 97 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 47 on the Billboard R&B chart.[3] In 2002, the group released Kings of Crunk. "I Don't Give A..." was its first single; it featured Mystikal
Mystikal
and Krayzie Bone
Krayzie Bone
and peaked at No. 50 on the R&B chart.[3] The group's next single, a collaboration with fellow Atlanta
Atlanta
hip hop group Ying Yang Twins
Ying Yang Twins
titled "Get Low", became popular in nightclubs nationwide; it reached the top ten of the Hot 100. Crunk
Crunk
Juice followed in 2004, led by "What U Gon' Do" featuring Lil' Scrappy. "What U Gon' Do" peaked at No. 22 on the Hot 100, No. 13 on the R&B chart, and No. 5 on the rap chart; its follow-up, "Lovers & Friends" featuring Usher and Ludacris, peaked at No. 3 (Hot 100), No. 2 (R&B), and No. 1 (rap).[3] Solo career and production[edit] Lil Jon
Lil Jon
has also produced many hit urban singles. From 2003 to 2005, while still with The East Side Boyz, Lil Jon
Lil Jon
produced hits such as "Salt Shaker" by Ying Yang Twins, "Yeah!" by Usher, "Freek-a-Leek" by Petey Pablo, "Shorty Wanna Ride" by Young Buck, "Shake That Monkey" by Too Short, "Girlfight" by Brooke Valentine, "Presidential" by YoungBloodZ.[1] Lil Jon
Lil Jon
entered the San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco Bay Area
hyphy music scene in 2006 with his collaborations with Bay Area rapper E-40: Lil Jon produced E-40's single "Tell Me When To Go" and had E-40
E-40
and Atlanta
Atlanta
rapper, Sean P of the YoungBloodZ, on his own "Snap Yo Fingers".[5] During that same year he produced a song called "Go to Church" for Ice Cube. In 2006, Lil Jon
Lil Jon
severed his negotiation with record label TVT. He vowed never to record for TVT Records
TVT Records
again, alleging that TVT owner Steve Gottlieb was shortchanging him.[6] He also began recording a rock music album, Crunk
Crunk
Rock. MTV
MTV
News reported in March 2008 that Crunk
Crunk
Rock was taking more time to complete than Lil Jon
Lil Jon
planned.[7] As part of TVT Records' 2008 bankruptcy auction, Lil Jon
Lil Jon
withdrew his multimillion-dollar objection to the TVT sale proceedings and agreed to TVT's transfer of his artist agreement to The Orchard. In return, The Orchard released Lil Jon
Lil Jon
from all future obligations and returned the rights to the master recordings of Crunk
Crunk
Rock. Crunk
Crunk
Rock was released on June 8, 2010, and it features artists such as LMFAO, Soulja Boy, Ying Yang Twins, Waka Flocka Flame, R. Kelly, and many more.[8] In March 2011, Lil Jon
Lil Jon
took part in the fourth season of Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
on NBC and was eliminated in the Final Four.[9] In July 2011, he said that he is working on a new studio album called Party Animal and has released a song with LMFAO called "Drink", which was used in the trailer for the film The World's End. In 2013, Lil Jon partnered with Zumba
Zumba
Fitness to create a new nightclub tour titled " Zumba
Zumba
Nightclub Series". For Zumba
Zumba
Fitness, he released a new song called "Work". In January 2014, Lil Jon
Lil Jon
collaborated with DJ Snake
DJ Snake
and released "Turn Down for What" on Columbia Records. In February 2014, the single entered the top 5 on the Dance/Electronic chart and debuted at number 38 on Billboard's Hot 100.[10] The song peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
and went on to be certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.[11] On July 22, 2014, Lil Jon
Lil Jon
released a single titled "Bend Ova", featuring Tyga
Tyga
and released on Epic Records.[12][13] The song reached number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100. His latest single "Take It Off" featuring Yandel
Yandel
and Becky G
Becky G
was released on July 22, 2016.[14] Musical style and influences[edit] Jason Birchmeier of AllMusic
AllMusic
has described Lil Jon's production as "bass-heavy," and his album Put Yo Hood Up
Put Yo Hood Up
as having "a long and varied list of guest rappers to accompany the beats". Describing that album with guest performers, Birchmeier remarked: "The end result is an album that resembles a street-level mixtape rather than a traditional artist-oriented album".[15] Lil Jon
Lil Jon
was specifically influenced by 2 Live Crew, 8Ball & MJG, Three 6 Mafia, OutKast, Geto Boys, UGK, N.W.A, Dr. Dre, and Sir Mix-A-Lot. Alex Henderson, also of allmusic, contrasted Lil Jon's style of "rowdy, in-your-face, profanity-filled party music" with other Southern rappers, those who "have a gangsta/thug life agenda" and those who convey "serious sociopolitical messages".[16] Lil Jon has also found influence in rock music, having worked with Rick Rubin and Korn.[17] He expresses this influence in his aggressive delivery and 'yelling' style of rap. He was seen on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time program wearing a Bad Brains
Bad Brains
T-shirt, and he used to listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd
while growing up in the South in the 1970s. For Trick Daddy's "Let's Go", Lil Jon
Lil Jon
sampled the bass line from Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train".[18] Television[edit] Lil Jon
Lil Jon
has been a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, finishing 4th in its 11th season and 3rd in its 13th season, The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. While on the show, Donald Trump referred to Lil Jon repeatedly as "Uncle Tom" until confronted by Lil Jon
Lil Jon
and other members of the crew.[19][20] Personal life[edit] Lil Jon
Lil Jon
married Nicole Smith in 2004. They have a son named Nathan Smith (born 1998).[21] He was an avid fan of the NHL's Atlanta
Atlanta
Thrashers until they relocated to Winnipeg
Winnipeg
in 2011.[22] He has since become a fan of the NHL's newest franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights. He has recently also become a fan of the University of Tennessee Volunteers, which adopted his hit song "Turn Down for What" on third downs, changing it to "Third Down for What." On October 4, 2014, Lil Jon
Lil Jon
made an appearance via Jumbotron encouraging the Volunteers to beat the University of Florida Gators. Lil Jon
Lil Jon
is a fan of the television show The Walking Dead and has made multiple appearances as a guest on Talking Dead. Discography[edit] Main articles: Lil Jon discography
Lil Jon discography
and Lil Jon
Lil Jon
production discography with the East Side Boyz

Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album (1997) We Still Crunk!!
We Still Crunk!!
(2000) Put Yo Hood Up
Put Yo Hood Up
(2001) Kings of Crunk
Crunk
(2002) Crunk
Crunk
Juice (2004)

Solo

Crunk
Crunk
Rock (2010)

Awards[edit] Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Category Result

2005 "Yeah!" (with Usher and Ludacris) Record of the Year Nominated

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Won

Best R&B Song Nominated

2015 "Turn Down for What" (with DJ Snake) Best Music Video Nominated

MTV
MTV
Video Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2014 "Turn Down for What" (with DJ Snake) MTV
MTV
Clubland Award Nominated

Best Direction Won

Best Visual Effects Nominated

Best Art Direction Nominated

Filmography[edit]

2004: Soul Plane 2005: Boss'n Up
Boss'n Up
(with Snoop Dogg) 2006: Date Movie 2006: Scary Movie 4 2008: Smoke and Mirrors

Television appearances[edit]

Chappelle's Show
Chappelle's Show
(2004) Hip-Hop Honeys: Las Vegas The Andy Milonakis Show (Season 1 Episode 1 (2005)) Wild 'n Out (2006) Class of 3000 (2007) Freaknik: The Musical (voice only) (2010) Ridiculousness (2012) Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
(Season 11 (2011) and All Stars (2013)) The Jenny McCarthy Show (2013) The Eric André Show
The Eric André Show
(2014) Comedy Bang! Bang! (2015) Hell's Kitchen (2016) Talking Dead
Talking Dead
(2017) Tiny House Nation
Tiny House Nation
(2017)

See also[edit]

List of celebrities who own wineries and vineyards

References[edit]

^ a b c d Birchmeier, Jason (2006). " Lil Jon
Lil Jon
– Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved April 11, 2008.  ^ Reid, Shaheem (November 1, 2004). "Lil' Jon: Big Chips (page 2)". MTV
MTV
News. Archived from the original on November 12, 2004. Retrieved May 18, 2010.  ^ a b c d " Lil Jon
Lil Jon
> Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved December 23, 2009.  ^ a b "Interview with Bryan Leach". HitQuarters. April 5, 2004. Retrieved January 28, 2011.  ^ Reid, Shaheem (February 28, 2006). " Lil Jon
Lil Jon
Has Big Plans For E-40 And The Hyphy Movement". MTV
MTV
News. Retrieved December 23, 2009.  ^ " Lil Jon
Lil Jon
Readies Rock Album". SOHH.com. Archived from the original on September 12, 2006. Retrieved February 22, 2006.  ^ Reid, Shaheem (March 6, 2008). " Lil Jon
Lil Jon
Isn't A Rock Star Just Yet, But He's Keeping Busy With E-40, Extreme Athletes". MTV
MTV
News. Retrieved December 23, 2009.  ^ VIBE: Lil Jon
Lil Jon
Goes to the Orchard Archived September 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. ^ [/11/celebrity-apprentice-season-four-cast-revealed/ Celebrity Apprentice Season Four Cast Revealed] ^ Gordon Murray (December 27, 2013). "DJ Snake, Lil Jon, Katy Perry Power Up Dance Charts". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2014.  ^ " RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - November, 2016". riaa.com. Retrieved November 11, 2016.  ^ "iTunes - Music - Bend Ova
Bend Ova
(feat. Tyga) - Single by Lil Jon". iTunes. Retrieved March 9, 2015.  ^ Kevin Goddard. " Lil Jon
Lil Jon
- Bend Ova
Bend Ova
(CDQ) Feat. Tyga". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved March 9, 2015.  ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/take-it-off-feat.-yandel-becky/id1136906593 ^ Birchmeier, Jason (May 22, 2001). "Put Yo Hood Up: Review". allmusic. Retrieved December 23, 2009.  ^ Henderson, Alex (2002). "Kings of Crunk: Review". allmusic. Retrieved December 23, 2009.  ^ Reid, Shaheem (May 12, 2004). " Lil Jon
Lil Jon
Bangs Head, Creates 'Crunk-Rock'". MTV
MTV
News. Retrieved December 23, 2009.  ^ Reid, Shaheem (May 17, 2006). " Lil Jon
Lil Jon
Wants To Double His Gold By Becoming King Of Rock". MTV
MTV
News. Retrieved December 23, 2009.  ^ "Lil Jon: Trump Repeatedly Made 'Uncle Tom' Joke During 'Celebrity Apprentice'". Fox News. October 15, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016.  ^ Suebsaeng, Asawin (October 14, 2016). "Donald Trump Kept Calling Lil Jon an 'Uncle Tom' on Celebrity Apprentice". Daily Beast. Retrieved October 15, 2016.  ^ "SPOTTED: Lil Jon
Lil Jon
& His Wife & Son Have Family Dinner At Katsuya". The Young, Black, and Fabulous. Retrieved January 30, 2014.  ^ Joe Yerdon (February 8, 2012). "Your moment of zen: Lil' Jon hanging with the Montreal Canadiens". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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Lil Jon
at MTV Lil Jon
Lil Jon
on IMDb

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Lil Jon

Studio albums

Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album We Still Crunk!! Put Yo Hood Up Kings of Crunk Part II Crunk
Crunk
Juice Crunk
Crunk
Rock

Score

MTV
MTV
VMA Score 2005

Singles

"Get Low" "What U Gon' Do" "Real Nigga Roll Call" "Lovers & Friends" "Snap Yo Fingers" "Act a Fool" "I Do" "Give It All U Got" "Ms. Chocolate" "Hey" "Turn Down for What" "Bend Ova" "Take It Off"

Featured singles

"Damn!" "Salt Shaker" "Shake That Monkey" "Come Get Some" "Yeah!" "Culo" "Let's Go" "Real Gangstaz" "That's Nasty" "Toma" "Girlfight" "Okay" "Bojangles (Remix)" "Go to Church" "Gangsta Gangsta" "The Anthem" "Get Buck in Here" "Krazy" "Let Me See the Booty" "Patron Tequila" "Shots" "Do You Remember" "Watagatapitusberry" "Turbulence" "Hard White (Up in the Club)" "Bobble"

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Billboard Year-End number one singles (2000–2019)

2000: "Breathe" – Faith Hill 2001: "Hanging by a Moment" – Lifehouse 2002: "How You Remind Me" – Nickelback 2003: "In da Club" – 50 Cent 2004: "Yeah!" – Usher featuring Lil Jon
Lil Jon
and Ludacris 2005: "We Belong Together" – Mariah Carey 2006: "Bad Day" – Daniel Powter 2007: "Irreplaceable" – Beyoncé 2008: "Low" – Flo Rida
Flo Rida
featuring T-Pain 2009: "Boom Boom Pow" – The Black Eyed Peas 2010: "Tik Tok" – Kesha 2011: "Rolling in the Deep" – Adele 2012: "Somebody That I Used to Know" – Gotye
Gotye
featuring Kimbra 2013: "Thrift Shop" – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz 2014: "Happy" – Pharrell Williams 2015: "Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
featuring Bruno Mars 2016: "Love Yourself" – Justin Bieber 2017: "Shape of You" – Ed Sheeran

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