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24 Nuggets Of Wisdom From Lil Jon’s AMA

Written by Greg Moskovitch on February 26, 2014

In the early 2000s, a new form of music came out of the Southern United States’ Dirty South hip-hop scene, spearheaded by a man who donned a grill and sunglasses, held a diamond-encrusted cup for something he called “crunk juice,” and had a rather limited vocabulary. His name was Lil Jon.

Though he seemingly spoke only three words — “Yeah!” “What!?” and “Okay!” — he used this powerful triumvirate to dominate the world of hip-hop, the Billboard charts, and pop culture, while collaborating with some of music’s biggest artists and making crunk a household name.

What had long been a Southern rap colloquialism getting high and drunk (Chronic + Drunk = Crunk), was now on the lips of rap fans, club rats, dimwitted frat boys, and anyone who went to a formal or Bar Mitzvah between 2002 and 2005. But what is it that makes Lil Jon such a powerful force?

Watch: Usher ft Lil Jon and Ludacris – Yeah!

http://youtu.be/Hy-5d4r_6Y8


1. He thinks outside the box.

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2. He’s street-smart.

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3. He pays his dues.

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Watch: Chappelle’s Show — Lil Jon Goes to the Airport

4. He’s a man of the people.

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5. He knows how to have a laugh.

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Watch: Lil Jon on The Celebrity Apprentice

http://youtu.be/Oy5WV6qtgfU

6. He knows how to treat himself.

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7. He bears his cross with dignity.

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8. He understands the dichotomy between artist and persona.

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9. Speaking of dichotomies…

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10. He’s held on to his imagination.

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11. He likes a pad and Sharpie.

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12. He understands the importance of antioxidants.

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13. He’s able to reflect on his own achievements.

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14. He has a backup plan.

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15. He’s logical.

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Watch: Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz ft Ying Yang Twins – Get Low

16. He focuses on the task at hand.

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17. He’s given back to the English language.

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18. He keeps abreast of world affairs.

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19. His work reflects the world around him.

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20. He’s pragmatic.

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21. He’s defiant.

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22. He’s not afraid to have an opinion.

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23. He’s meta.

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Watch: Chappelle’s Show — Rick James

http://youtu.be/n0w099fw4lw

24. He’s scholastic.

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