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Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz

Exuberant, loud-mouthed, and regularly adorned with a bejeweled pimp chalice at hand, Lil Jon was the charismatic figurehead of the Dirth South crunk movement that arose from the Atlanta area around the turn of the century. Born Jonathan Smith on January 27, 1971, in Atlanta, GA, 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) 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 receded from the spotlight somewhat, enjoying his celebrity while continuing to produce hits for others: "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. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Stations Featuring
Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz

    Dirty South

    Dirty South
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Albums by
Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz

Top Songs by
Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz

  1.   Song
  2.   Bia' Bia' 2 featuring Chyna Whyte
  3.   Bia' Bia'
  4.   I Don't Give a ...
  5.   Throw It Up by Pastor Troy
  6.   Nasty Girl
  7.   What U Gon' Do
  8.   Rep Yo City
  9.   Where Dem Girlz At
  10.   Get Crunk featuring East Side Boyz
  11.   Nothins Free
  12.   Can't Stop Pimpin
  13.   Put Yo Hood Up
  14.   Bme Click
  15.   DJ Hershey Live at the Blue Flamelude
  16.   Pitbulls Cuban Rideout
  17.   Play No Games
  18.   Get Low
  19.   Push That N****, Push That H**
  20.   Heads Off (My Niggas)
  21.   Knockin Heads Off
  22.   Kings of Crunk
  23.   Ooh Na Na Naa Naa
  24.   Dirty Dancin featuring Lil Jon
  25.   I Like Dem Girlz
  26.   Nothin On
  27.   Diamonds featuring Bun B
  28.   Keep Yo Chullin Out The Street by Big Gipp
  29.   Pimpin Ken Speaks
  30.   Bounce Dat by Lil Jon
  31.   Sexlude
  32.   Uhh Ohh featuring Khujo
  33.   B---h featuring Chyna Whyte
  34.   What They Want featuring Chyna Whyte
  35.   T.I.P.
  36.   Move Bi**h
  37.   Let My N**s Go featuring Quint Black
  38.   Outro Chynalude
  39.   Go Shawty Go
  40.   Y'All Ain't Ready
  41.   Get Your Weight Up featuring 8Ball
  42.   Luke Talkin S**T
  43.   Keep Yo Chullin Out the Street by Big Gipp
  44.   Searcylude
  45.   B***H featuring Chyna Whyte

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