hits for the likes of Usher, Petey Pablo, Trick Daddy and newcomer Ciara.
Now the self-proclaimed “King of Crunk” is back to worsen our case of sore
throat. Lil Jon, the man who took simple words like “Yeah,” “Okay,” and
“What,” and made them part of our hip-hop vocabulary, has just the thing to
soothe our ailments with his album Crunk Juice.
Now, if you’ve
heard a Lil Jon song, then you know what to expect. Anticipate a lot of
ridiculous, bottomless bass, that can only be
appreciated on a high volume level. Synthesized blips and simple melodies
will accompany about every track. As perfunctory as this may sound, Lil Jon
has sampled a wide array of genres from music’s buffet, including rock and
At the head of
this table is club smash, “What U Gon’ Do” featuring newcomer Lil Scrappy.
With its speaker-destroying capabilities, “What U
Gon’ Do” is quintessential crunk. “Lovers and Friends” treads familiar and
undoubtedly hit-making territory. “Lovers
and Friends” is bound to be a sure hit with
guest shots by R&B’s man of the moment, Usher and
rap's golden boy, Ludacris. It proves that Lil
Jon can slow things down but still keep the party going.
some of the crunk juice are his cohorts The
Eastside Boyz and the Pied Piper himself, R.
Kelly. Kells is joined by Ludacris on “In Da
Club.” 8Ball and MJG make a rare appearance on the rock-laced
track “White Meat.”
Its fair to
say that Lil Jon has hit-making powers. After a
monstrous year with Usher’s “Yeah!”, Petey Pablo’s
“Freak-A-Leak” and other chart toppers, Lil Jon’s the one to dial up if you
are in need of a club staple. Just don’t expect anything different or earth
shattering with Lil Jon’s own set. Its more of the same, so drink up. (11/04)