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A staple of the Dirty South era of hip-hop, Atlanta rapper and producer Lil Jon made Southern crunk music an international sensation. • Before rap, Jon was a popular Atlanta club DJ. He caught the attention of So So Def Recordings boss Jermaine Dupri, who hired him as a talent scout. • In 1997, Jon cofounded Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, the rap trio best known for the 2002 album Kings Of Crunk. Their classic single “Get Low” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. • Jon produced a string of early-’00s hits, such as Ciara’s “Goodies” and Usher’s “Yeah!”, both of which topped the Billboard Hot 100. • In a series of memorable 2004 sketches, comedian Dave Chappelle impersonated Lil Jon on his series Chappelle’s Show. This vaulted Jon’s signature ad-libs—“Yeah!” “What?” “OK!”—into the realm of popular culture. • “Lovers and Friends,” off Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz’s 2004 album Crunk Juice, peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. • Jon’s platinum-certified 2006 club anthem “Snap Yo Fingers” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. • In 2010, Jon issued his solo debut album, Crunk Rock. The diverse list of guests artists includes 3OH!3, Ying Yang Twins, and Damian and Stephen Marley. • Jon and French producer DJ Snake’s 2013 smash “Turn Down for What” topped Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and went sextuple platinum. • Saweetie’s double-platinum 2019 hit “My Type” samples Jon’s production on Petey Pablo’s 2003 hit “Freek-A-Leek.”

Atlanta, GA, United States
January 17, 1971
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