Jonathan Smith, better known by his stage name Lil Jon, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur,
and international DJ who was a member of the group
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
He was also featured on Celebrity Apprentice during its 11th and 13th seasons.
The King Of Crunk
January 17, 1971 (age
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
5' 6" (1.68 m)
Nicole Smith (m. 2004)
son named Nathan (born in 1998)
Hip hop, crunk
Rapper, DJ, producer, actor
Keyboard, synthesizer, drum machine, sampler
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
Ying Yang Twins
Clavia Nord Lead
Got his start:
working as a club D.J. when
Did You Know:
• Ashton Kutcher failed to punk Lil Jon, "You can't Punk the King of Crunk."
• He was an avid fan of the NHL Atlanta Thrashers franchise until they relocated to Winnipeg in 2011
Lil Jon Quotes
"Earning his rightful share is one of Jon's top priorities right now. The deal comes at a time when he has been very vocal about his unhappiness with his most recent label home, TVT Records. He told Billboard that he is] very unhappy ... don't know how to pay people and take care of the people that helped take his label to another level."
"Me and my team got it down to science, ... I just go in and do it. My job is to make beats and make something hot. When I go in, I catch a vibe. If the beat feels like it don't make you move right, I scrap that and go to another track. Sometimes it takes 10 minutes, sometimes it takes an hour to get one done. I just keep spitting them out. I got all these artists, and we gotta get these albums out. If I don't do beats, we don't put no damn albums out. That's my motivation right there."
"I grew up on N.W.A N.W.A and Too Short were my favorite groups. So to just be in the studio, and for him to listen to me and let me guide him, ask me what I think... I still can't believe I'm cool with Cube like that, 'cause that's Ice Cube."
"Andrew [Farriss] and Garry [Beers] and myself have been collaborating with other artists to just have a huge pool of songs ready, ... We weren't sure if [our new singer] was going to be a woman or a man, so some of the keys were written around a lady's voice and some keys were written around a guy's voice. And we just sat there madly pulling songs and J.D. goes, 'I like this one, this one's great.' Obviously it's really important that J.D.'s involved."
Lil' Jon Awards
Source Hip-Hop Award for Producer of the year:
Source Hip-Hop Award for Single of the year collaboration: "Damn,"
Source Hip-Hop Award for R&B/Rap collaboration of the year: "Yeah,"
Grammy Award for Rap Sung/Collaboration: “Yeah!,”
MTV Video Music Award for Male Video “Yeah”
MTV Video Music Award for Dance Video “Yeah”
Billboard Music Award for R&B/Hip-Hop Group
Billboard Music Award for Independent Album Artists
Billboard Music Award for Independent Album “Kings of Crunk,”
American Music Award for Favorite Band, Duo, or Group (R&B/Soul)