Jonathan Smith, more commonly known as Lil Jon, is an American Rapper, Producer, and DJ from Atlanta, GA. He has been a force in all aspects of the music world, being a pioneer in the style of hip-hop called “crunk”, and has even dabbled in the entertainment industry making appearances in television shows and movies.
I am sure most of you remember the tragic days of middle school and the denim skirt with leggings and Uggs outfit than ran rampant at the middle school dances; but when you hear the song “Yeah!” by Usher, what comes to mind? You would be lying if you didn’t say middle school dances. Lil Jon, in collaboration with Usher, was the producer of the hit single and received a Grammy Award for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2005.
Over the next decade, Lil Jon worked with various artists, such as The Ying Yang Twins, Youngbloodz, David Guetta, Usher, Ludacris, Pitbull, and many more, to produce hit singles and released his own rock music album, Crunk Rock.
In 2014, Lil Jon collaborated with DJ Snake to release “Turn Down for What” which was a huge hit on Spring Break last year! The single peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has since been gone on to be certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA.