Lil Jon Sets Out to Cross Over With ‘Crunk Rock’
After a lengthy three-year delay, Lil Jon has finally set a Nov 24 release date for his first solo album, 'Crunk Rock.' Lil Jon told Rolling Stone that the long-awaited LP would be different from his signature work thanks to the help of several producers outside of his comfort zone, including DJ David Guetta, RedOne and Dr. Luke, who have created hit singles for the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry respectively.
Jon said that instead of his original plan to compose a half-rock/half-hip hop album, he decided to experiment a little more musically. "I kind of took Crunk Rock to another level," he said. "It's not just dealing with crunk music and rock -- it's basically a lifestyle. Living life to the fullest, getting crazy, getting crunk and just partying... I'm just trying to make everybody have fun and make 'em dance again. Because in rap, people stopped partying."
The Atlanta rapper confirmed that the album had another four weeks of production left before completion but felt confident about the range of guest appearances on the LP. In addition to natural choices like Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, Akon and R. Kelly, Jon also tapped artists like dancehall star Elephant Man and alternative group 3Oh!3 to add their flavor to 'Crunk Rock.' He expressed confidence that collaborating with a range of artists and releasing multiple singles simultaneously would allow him to dominate the crossover charts, appealing to pop and hip hop, and other genres.
So far, the hard-rock track 'Killas,' featuring Ice Cube has been leaked on the net, but Lil Jon says that the album version will be much improved.