Lil Jon

Lil Jon
Lil Jon in 2007
Lil Jon in 2007
Background information
Birth nameJonathan H. Smith
Born (1971-01-17) January 17, 1971 (age 50)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • DJ
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • drum machine
  • sampler
  • turntables
Years active1991–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteliljon.com

Jonathan H. Smith[1] (born January 17, 1971),[2] better known by his stage name Lil Jon, is an American rapper, songwriter, DJ, and record producer.[3] He was the frontman of the multi-platinum selling rap group Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz[4] and was instrumental in the emergence of the hip/hop subgenre crunk.[5] He is credited with bringing the genre into mainstream success, producing Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles "Get Low," "Goodies," "Cyclone," "Freek-a-Leek," and "Yeah!".[6] "Yeah!" won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance. Lil Jon is also a frequent collaborator with friend and fellow rapper Pitbull. In 2013, Lil Jon collaborated with DJ Snake and released the electronic dance music multi-platinum hit, "Turn Down for What," that won Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Song.[7] The music video for the single, released in 2014, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, and has been viewed over 900 million times on YouTube as of October 2019.[8] As of 2016, Lil Jon is listed as one of the Top Billboard Music Award Winners of All Time.[9] In 2019, Lil Jon achieved his 8th #1 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Chart as a songwriter on the song "My Type" by Sacramento rapper Saweetie.[10]

  1. ^ http://archive.pov.org/offandrunning/credits/
  2. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (2006). "Lil Jon – Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 11, 2008.
  3. ^ "Lil Jon:Artist Page". Recording Academy. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  4. ^ "Gold and Platinum Certifications". RIAA. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  5. ^ Sarig, Roni. "Lil Jon heralds a new Southern music movement". Creative Loafing. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (November 28, 2004). "Lil John Crunks Up the Volume". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  7. ^ "Billboard Music Awards Full Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  8. ^ DJSnakeVEVO, DJ Snake, Lil Jon – Turn Down for What, retrieved January 28, 2019
  9. ^ "Top Billboard Music Award Winners of All Time (1990–2016)". Billboard. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  10. ^ Anderson, Trevor. "Saweetie's 'My Type' Hits No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs Airplay Chart". Billboard. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved December 12, 2019.

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