Lil Jon
American rapper
Lil Jon
Jonathan Mortimer Day, better known by his stage name Lil Jon, is an American rapper, music producer, entrepreneur, and occasional disc jockey who was a member of the group Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz. Lil Jon formed the group in 1997, and the group released several albums between then and 2004. He then went solo and released a new album in 2010 called Crunk Rock.
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Lil Jon Had To Tell Trump Why Calling Him An 'Uncle Tom' Was Not OK
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Lil Jon said he once had to call out Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for offensively calling him an “Uncle Tom” during a 2013 episode of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”  The Atlanta rapper released a statement on Twitter Friday in response to a recent story by The Daily Beast. The news outlet reported that three former staffers of the reality show claimed that Trump ― who was the host of show at the time ― had repeatedly called Lil Jon an “Uncle Tom” after the rapper put on a Uncle Sam costume to help promote a product his team was pitching.   “Look, he’s Uncle Tom!” one staffer reportedly said Trump yelled during the show at least twice. The Daily Beast reported that the same staffer explained to them how Trump was “tone-deaf to the racially charged history of the term, which is used to deride a black man deemed to be subservient to white people.”  Lil Jon’s statement confirmed the name-calling and that he had to explain to Trump why the term was so offensive.  ...
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Lil Jon addresses Donald Trump 'Uncle Tom' remark on The Apprentice - Entertainment Weekly
Google News - 4 months
Entertainment Weekly Lil Jon addresses Donald Trump 'Uncle Tom' remark on The Apprentice Entertainment Weekly Lil Jon released a statement on Friday night to address allegations Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called the rapper an “Uncle Tom” during production on season 13 of The Apprentice. “When this 'Uncle Tom' incident happened on Celebrity ... Lil Jon Responds to Donald Trump "Uncle Tom" Claims: He Stopped Using it After We Explained Its OffensivenessE! Online Lil Jon Confirms Donald Trump Called Him 'Uncle Tom' During Celebrity Rapper Lil Jon Responds to Claims Donald Trump Called Him 'Uncle Tom' During 'The Apprentice'Us Weekly -ABC News all 62 news articles »
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Lil Jon Confirms Donald Trump Called Him 'Uncle Tom' During 'Celebrity Apprentice'
abc News - 4 months
The rapper tweeted a statement saying he "addressed Mr. Trump immediately."
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Puerto Rico Loses It As Monica Puig Wins Island's First Ever Olympic Gold
Huffington Post - 7 months
Monica Puig sent Puerto Rico into meltdown on Saturday after winning its first ever Olympic gold medal. Spontaneous celebrations broke out across the Caribbean island after the 22-year-old’s defeat of Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the women’s singles tennis final at Rio 2016. “I think I united a nation,” Puig, who was ranked 34th in the world, said in an emotional interview following her astonishing performance against the second seed. “And I just love where I come from.” Watch the interview here: Celebrities including singer Jennifer Lopez and actors Lin-Manuel Miranda and Rosie Perez all scrambled to pay heartfelt tribute to Puig on Twitter. The #PicaPower hashtag also trended worldwide, while multiple videos posted online showed an electric carnival atmosphere erupting in the U.S. territory’s capital San Juan and other cities. Check out some of the best posts here:  CONGRATULATIONS @MonicaAce93 @NBCOlympics YOU DID IT!!! #firstandonly # ...
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Irish Rowers Deserve Gold For Funniest TV Interview At Rio 2016
Huffington Post - 7 months
Ireland’s Paul and Gary O’Donovan won a silver medal for rowing at Rio 2016 on Friday, but they deserve gold for this hilarious interview. Footage of the brothers openly chatting to Ireland’s national broadcaster RTE about their urine tests, “podium pants” and how they plan to celebrate their achievement has quickly gone viral. Their television appearance begins with them asking the station’s anchors, via a live satellite feed from Brazil, “How are tings?” and “What’s the craic?” “We’re in Rio, the background might look superimposed but it’s very real,” jokes Gary O’Donovan, before his brother Paul goes into possibly a little bit too much detail about his doping test. The brothers’ performances, on and off the water, has set social media alight, with some Twitter users hailing them as “Ireland’s gift to the world.” The O'Donovan brothers are Ireland's gift to the world — Kim Phạm (@kim617) August 13, 2016 Th ...
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See Grandpa's Olympic Reaction To Subway Seat Offer During Rio 2016
Huffington Post - 7 months
Thanks for asking. But no, Wayne McEntire really doesn’t need that seat. The 68-year-old grandfather from Amarillo, Texas, showed off his awe-inspiring gymnastic skills after someone kindly offered him a preferred seat for elderly people on the subway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Instead of accepting the generous offer, he suspended himself horizontally in the air on a pole in an impressive flag pole lift, ABC News reports. Someone offered my grandpa a preferred seat for elderly people on the subway and he did this — Britton Barker (@b_flex14) August 11, 2016 His 19-year-old grandson Britton Barker was with him on the train during their Rio visit for the Olympic Games, and he snapped the spectacular stunt. The photos are now going viral. “Someone offered my grandpa a preferred seat for elderly people on the subway and he did this,” Barker posted to Twitter Thursday alongside a series of images. Oops accidentally made Papa ...
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All The Hilarious #OlympicSongs You Need For Rio 2016
Huffington Post - 7 months
This is your ultimate soundtrack for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Kind of. Twitter users are putting their own hilarious Olympic twist on their favorite tracks that’ll make you want to samba all the way to Rio de Janeiro. Beyonce, L.L. Cool J and Jennifer Lopez all feature via the #OlympicSongs hashtag, which is trending globally after Comedy Central’s “@midnight with Chris Hardwick” show Monday. Here are some of the best posts so far: If you like it then you should have put five rings on it#OlympicSongs @midnight — Brett FISH Anderson (@BrettFishA) August 9, 2016 "Don't go drinking water, y'alls / Please stick to the bottles and the taps that you're used to..." #OlympicSongs @midnight — Colin Hoffman (@ColinHoffman) August 9, 2016 #OlympicSongs Mama Said Vault You Out. — Stevius the Great (@polit_uncorr) August 9, 2016 And all the girlies say I'm pretty fly, on ...
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These Olympic Beach Volleyball Photos Prove That Sports Are For Everyone
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It’s safe to say that most of us associate beach volleyball with skimpy outfits. But Olympians from Egypt are challenging that norm, showing that religious customs don’t have to be a hindrance to competing at an Olympic level. Photos from the Egypt-Germany women’s beach volleyball game in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday paint a picture of two drastically different cultures ― one team wearing two-piece swimsuits and another revealing very little ― but attest to the way sports bring people together and promote acceptance. In a tweet Monday showing a photo of Egypt’s Doaa Elghobashy and Germany’s Kira Walkenhorst, author Ian Bremmer summed it up aptly: Egypt v Germany, Beach Volleyball. This is why we do the Olympics. — ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) August 8, 2016 Check out more photos of the game below, which Germany won 2-0. For more Olympics coverage: 11 Weird Sports That Were Actually In The Olympics Roger Federer P ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lil Jon
  • 2016
    His latest single "Make Em Bounce" was uploaded to SoundCloud April 15, 2016..
    More Details Hide Details Jason Birchmeier of AllMusic has described Lil Jon's production as "bass-heavy," and his album Put Yo Hood Up as having "a long and varied list of guest rappers to accompany the beats". Describing that album with guest performers, Birchmeier remarked: "The end result is an album that resembles a street-level mixtape rather than a traditional artist-oriented album". Lil Jon was specifically influenced by 2 Live Crew, 8Ball & MJG, Three 6 Mafia, OutKast, Geto Boys, UGK, N.W.A, Dr. Dre, and Sir Mix-A-Lot. Alex Henderson, also of allmusic, contrasted Lil Jon's style of "rowdy, in-your-face, profanity-filled party music" with other Southern rappers, those who "have a gangsta/thug life agenda" and those who convey "serious sociopolitical messages". Lil Jon has also found influence in rock music, having worked with Rick Rubin and Korn. He expresses this influence in his aggressive delivery and 'yelling' style of rap. He was seen on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time program wearing a Bad Brains T-shirt, and he used to listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd while growing up in the South in the 1970s. For Trick Daddy's "Let's Go", Lil Jon sampled the bass line from Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train".
  • 2014
    On October 4, 2014, Lil Jon made an appearance via Jumbotron encouraging the Volunteers to beat the University of Florida Gators.
    More Details Hide Details with the East Side Boyz Solo
    On July 22, 2014, Lil Jon released a single titled "Bend Ova", featuring Tyga and released on Epic Records.
    More Details Hide Details The song reached number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    In January 2014, Lil Jon collaborated with DJ Snake and released "Turn Down for What" on Columbia Records. In February 2014, the single entered the top 5 on the Dance/Electronic chart and debuted No. 38 on Billboard's Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details The song peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and gone on to be certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA.
  • 2013
    In 2013, Lil Jon partnered with Zumba Fitness to create a new nightclub tour titled "Zumba Nightclub Series".
    More Details Hide Details For Zumba Fitness, he released a new song called "Work".
  • 2011
    In July 2011, he said that he is working on a new studio album called Party Animal and has released a song with LMFAO called "Drink", which was used in the trailer for the film The World's End.
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    In March 2011, Lil Jon took part in the fourth season of Celebrity Apprentice on NBC and was eliminated in the Final Four.
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  • 2008
    As part of TVT Records' 2008 bankruptcy auction, Lil Jon withdrew his multimillion-dollar objection to the TVT sale proceedings and agreed to TVT's transfer of his artist agreement to The Orchard.
    More Details Hide Details In return, The Orchard released Lil Jon from all future obligations and returned the rights to the master recordings of Crunk Rock. Crunk Rock was released on June 8, 2010, and it features artists such as LMFAO, Soulja Boy, Ying Yang Twins, Waka Flocka Flame, R. Kelly, and many more.
    MTV News reported in March 2008 that Crunk Rock was taking more time to complete than Lil Jon planned.
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  • 2006
    In 2006, Lil Jon severed his negotiation with record label TVT.
    More Details Hide Details He vowed never to record for TVT Records again, alleging that TVT owner Steve Gottlieb was shortchanging him. He also began recording a rock music album, Crunk Rock.
    Lil Jon entered the San Francisco Bay Area hyphy music scene in 2006 with his collaborations with Bay Area rapper E-40: Lil Jon produced E-40's single "Tell Me When To Go" and had E-40 and Atlanta rapper, Sean P of the YoungBloodZ, on his own "Snap Yo Fingers".
    More Details Hide Details During that same year he produced a song called "Go to Church" for Ice Cube.
  • 2004
    Lil Jon married Nicole Smith in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details They have a son named Nathan Smith (born 1998). He was an avid fan of the NHL Atlanta Thrashers franchise until they relocated to Winnipeg in 2011. He has recently also become a fan of the University of Tennessee Volunteers, which adopted his hit song "Turn Down for What" on third downs, changing it to "Third Down for What."
  • 2003
    Lil Jon has also produced many hit urban singles. From 2003 to 2005, while still with The East Side Boyz, Lil Jon produced hits such as "Salt Shaker" by Ying Yang Twins, "Yeah!
    More Details Hide Details " by Usher, "Freek-a-Leek" by Petey Pablo, "Shorty Wanna Ride" by Young Buck, "Shake That Monkey" by Too Short, "Girlfight" by Brooke Valentine, "Presidential" by YoungBloodZ.
  • 2001
    Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz signed to TVT Records in 2001 and debuted there with Put Yo Hood Up, which combined previously released tracks with new ones.
    More Details Hide Details The group's first nationally played single was "Bia' Bia'", which featured rappers Ludacris, Too Short, Big Kapp, and Chyna Whyte. "Bia' Bia'" peaked at No. 97 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 47 on the Billboard R&B chart. In 2002, the group released Kings of Crunk. "I Don't Give A " was its first single; it featured Mystikal and Krayzie Bone and peaked at No. 50 on the R&B chart. The group's next single, a collaboration with fellow Atlanta hip hop group Ying Yang Twins titled "Get Low", became popular in nightclubs nationwide; it reached the top ten of the Hot 100. Crunk Juice followed in 2004, led by "What U Gon' Do" featuring Lil' Scrappy. "What U Gon' Do" peaked at No. 22 on the Hot 100, No. 13 on the R&B chart, and No. 5 on the rap chart; its follow-up, "Lovers & Friends" featuring Usher and Ludacris, peaked at No. 3 (Hot 100), No. 2 (R&B), and No. 1 (rap).
  • 2000
    In 2000, Jon started up his own label, BME Recordings, and signed a distribution agreement with Norcross, Georgia-based Southern Music Distribution.
    More Details Hide Details He released his breakthrough album titled We Still Crunk! Among the tracks on that project was the hit single "I Like Those Girls," which reached No. 55 on the R&B chart and No. 3 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. Lil Jon was talked about as "the new guy" by street team people in the markets where he was attracting his biggest audiences – namely Atlanta, St. Louis, Memphis and Dallas. Bryan Leach, A&R at TVT, went to one of Lil Jon's Atlanta shows and was blown away by its immense energy. Leach told HitQuarters: "It was like early Beastie Boys, when they had the energy of a rock group but they were rapping, and... that energy is what crunk music is all about."
  • 1997
    In 1997, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz debuted with Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album.
    More Details Hide Details It included singles "Who U Wit?" and "Shawty Freak a Lil' Sumthin'", the latter of which came out in 1998. Both singles charted on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 70 and No. 62, respectively.
  • 1993
    Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Smith graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta. After working as a DJ for Atlanta night clubs, he worked for So So Def Recordings between 1993 and 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Smith took the stage name Lil Jon and formed musical group Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, with rappers Big Sam (born Sammie Dernard Norris) and Lil' Bo (born Wendell Maurice Neal). The group signed to the Atlanta-based Mirror Image Records and were distributed by Ichiban Records.
  • 1971
    Born on January 17, 1971.
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