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FlashBack Friday: Lil' Jon x Crunk Appreciation

Lil' Jon is the man hip hop forget contributed a lot. He brought the bass into hip hop in a big way. Bass that hip hop artists thrive on these days. Catchphrases were ridiculed by Dave Chapelle, meaning he became a slight laughing stock. He would have benefited by evolving with the times and included more lyrical rappers on his beats. I give him credit for creating monster anthems though, he had a knack for great hooks that were easy to learn.

I'm going through a Lil' Jon phase today so thought I'd share

Lil' Scrappy - No Problem

Reminds me of Jamaica Queens, near the mall place. Can't remember what it's called but it's at the end of a side road.

Trillville ft. Lil Scrappy - Neva Eva

"Get on my level, hell nah, never that. I knew you wasn't real 'cos all you do it chit-chat" gets me hype.

Lil Scrappy - Head Bussa

This reminds me of Need For Speed. Keep still while you listen to this. Dare you.

Lil Jon ft. Pastor Troy - Throw It Up

Samples a famous composition that I don't know the name of. I don't even represent anywhere but I'm twisting my fangaz to make various hand signs because I want to participate. Representing your hood was Jon's thing, really. That and throwing (el)bows

Lil' Jon ft. Lil' Scrappy - What You Gonna Do

Check out Pitbull with hair at 0:17. Remember he used to go around with Lil' Jon? I swear the chick in pink at 1:50 is the video girl from UK MTV's Hip Hop Honeyz program. She can't dance.

For those who didn't know, Jon used to be a dancehall radio DJ down in Atlanta. When you take that into consideration, you can tell why his beats were bass-driven and his style is that different to a selector on a sound system. I'd say this is the most explicit example of implementing dancehall into hip hop. In fact, the drum pattern is practically ripped from a Dave Kelly riddim, The Bounce.

Lil' Jon ft. Mystikal & Krayzie Bone - I Don't Give a F*ck

Arguably the most rowdy Jon tune in my book as it's the first one I remember. This is before the Get Low hype. I didn't and still don't really like Get Low but big him up for bringing through Elephant Man.

Back to this tune, Mystikal kills it!

p.s. re: hip hop sub-genres in the noughties - Sped-up samples > Crunk > Snap > Papoose's unreleased album > Chopped & screwed > Cassidy's debut album > Hyphy

Hold tight the original Little John though. Original Clarks song too


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