EXCL Chat With Lil Jon
Since first bestowing hardcore southern crunk on the masses, Lil Jon has seen his production plate full to overflowing; supplying remixes and signature crunk style for a huge selection of artists. When he’s not in the studio or kicking it with the East Side Boyz he’s expanding his influence in the most unlikely of ways – including iPhone apps, boutique wines and yep, even a bit of video porn.
Hitting these shores tomorrow for a whirlwind tour with the legendary Wu Tung Clan ahead of releasing his long delayed album ‘Crunk Rock’, The Crunkster himself holla’d at MTV to talk footy, why Oz feels like home and living the Crunk Rock Life.
You’ve just launched your own Iphone app! How did that come about?
Yeah, it’s basically all of your favourite Lil Jon phrases. You can have it on your iPhone and call people and push the button and make it sound like me, or just do whatever you want to do with it [laughs]. It was a 15 year old kid who made this app, I guess he just grabbed my phrases from all round the place like Dave Chappelle and he put it out, and we called him and said: ‘Hey you’re selling this without permission!’ So we partnered up with him, and redid it and touched it up and did all of the phrases fresh in the studio and now it’s an app.
What was the kid’s reaction when he got a call from your management?
Well he was scared because we said: ‘Hey we’re gonna sue you!’ (laughs) But then we decided, hey, let’s do it together.
That was nice of you! Now last time we saw you was at MTV Snow Jam in New Zealand…
Yeah that was fun. That was when I when I found out about the All Blacks [Rugby team]. But I know that’s your guys rival but I like the All Blacks, they’re dope…
You put on a pretty memorable performance, no mean feat considering the sub zero temperatures… How do you phyc yourself up for a show?
Basically I just start the music, and I just get right up there and go crazy. It’s all about the people out there, they give me energy. If it’s only one person, or one thousand, they’ll give me energy and I just wanna help people have a good time so that’s the motivation – people pay to see me, or come to see me perform, and I wanna give them a good show.
You’ve got a huge fan base in Australia and a lot of people are really excited to see you come out here with Wu Tang Clan. Do you use the opportunity when you’re touring to hook up with new acts?
Yeah, as an artist wherever you go, you can be inspired by anything. And as a person that loves music and culture, the more you soak up, the more that comes out of you and into something else. So it will be great to come out and seeing what’s happening in Australia.
It’s still fresh to me, but I’ve been so many times it’s like a second home, I love it so much so I’m glad to get back. And I'm stoked to be going with Wu Tang, because we got the whole crew there, and they’ve never really toured in Australia, so to be on the same stage with those boys it’s a great honour for me and it’s going to be a great show because you get all types of music.
MTV did an interview with 30h3 and they told us little about your recent recording session together; they also told us something we didn’t know – that you have your own winery?
Yeah I have my own wines, we came out with them a year and half ago and they’re doing real good. We won a silver medal in the Californian wine competition so this is the real thing, it’s legit, it’s a good product, its not any cheap wine at a liquor store or gas station… People need to check out littlejonathenwinery.com. We’re gonna be making a TV show about producing the wine and I think ya’ll gonna like it.
What can you never say no to?
Shots! No matter how hung over I am, I gotta take that shot. I can drink ANY-thing! I pride myself on being able to drink any kinda alchohol. I just like to party, and have a good time, life is too short to be stressed out – you gotta live life, you gotta live the CRUNK ROCK life, that’s really what the album title is about, living a certain lifestyle – party party party. And getting crazy.
Watch the MTV interview with 30h3 below!
For more info on the Wu Tang Clan and Lil Jon tour, click here.
Check out Lil Jon on Myspace here.