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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

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

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