News: Lil Jon On Re-Sparking Crunk Movement W/ "Rock" LP, "It's Probably One Of My Best Albums To Date"

Friday, Oct 23, 2009 5:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Southern producer Lil Jon has updated fans on his long-delayed Crunk Rock album and promised the project is roughly 80 percent complete.

In addition to the album's status, Jon also discussed why he felt the album would outshine his past platinum releases.

"We're pretty much like 80 percent done," Jon said of Crunk Rock, his first solo album, slated to be released by early next year. "It's probably one of my best albums to date in the sense that it's got a little bit of everything that I know everybody's going to groove to. I basically got the tracks that I want down, and I just need to make some final touches...I loved making people dance. That's what I'm getting back to." (Associated Press)

Originally planned to drop around 2006, the project was recently pushed to November.

While known for his unique, high-velocity production style, Lil Jon says the album will bear the fruits of his collaborations with the producers behind some of the most indelible, Billboard chart-topping hits of recent years, including DJ David Guetta, Dr. Luke and RedOne. In addition, Crunk Rock's guest-star parade will include The Game, Ice Cube, 3Oh!3, Elephant Man, Pastor Troy, Ying Yang Twinz, Pitbull, Soulja Boy, R.Kelly, Akon and Florida punk rock group Whole Wheat Bread. (Rolling Stone)

Jon also confirmed the project's forthcoming release and explained what his fans could expect.

"This album has all the Lil Jons you've ever heard," he promised in an interview. "From the crunk Lil Jon to the Usher-like Lil Jon to the electro Lil Jon who's hanging with LMFAO. I've got to touch all my fans...I never really had the commercial success internationally that I had in the States. This will help take me to another level where I deserve to be at. We're going to push the button, and it's going to be Lil Jon mania all over again." (Billboard)

The producer said making his music more universal was a primary goal earlier this year.

"I can wear a bunch of different hats," he explained in an interview. "I can go from crunk music to electro to, you know, R&B. I can do so many different kinds of music whereas some people are just in a box, they can only do one thing. My fan base is so broad -- from Latinos to Asians, black, white, young old." (Miami Herald)

A release date for Crunk Rock has not yet been announced.

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