When the words, "the south got something to say" were spoken at the 1995 SourceAwards, much of the rap world had no idea how true that statement would prove to be in the coming years. By 2000, rappers from below the Mason-Dixon line were in the midst of an all-out takeover that would take five years to fully complete.
Numerous ATL artists have laid the musical foundation including OutKast, Ludacris, 2 Chainz, T.I. and Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz.
Lil Jon and his partners-in-rhyme, Big Sam and Lil' Bo, played a big part in that southern renaissance with their high-octane brand of party rap, which they dubbed crunk music. The trio was founded during Lil Jon's stint as a member of Jermaine Dupri's So So Def label in the 1990s.
Signing to Mirror Image Records, Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz released their debut album, Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album, which spawned the marginal hits, "Shawty Freak A Lil' Sumthin'" and "Who U Wit?," both of which made major noise in the southern region and made them an act to watch out for. But it would be their sophomore album, We Still Crunk!, that would be the game-changer. Released August 15, 2000 on Lil Jon's own label, BME Recordings, We Still Crunk! would score Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz a deal with TVT Records and is regarded as a classic by southern rap enthusiasts.
Fifteen years after its release, we selected five songs from the album that still packs enough punch to get you crunk at any party.
"I Like Dem Girls"Featuring Jazze Pha
After an intense intro, We Still Crunk! kicks off with the party anthem, "I Like Dem Girls." Chanting, "It's some girls in this house, it's some girls in this house / If you see 'em, point em out, if you see 'em, point em out," Lil Jon, along with Jazze Pha, delivers lyrics about their favorite type of women. Also, if you listen closely, you can hear the "Set It Off" sample by Strafe.
Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz are on the hunt for some female company on the standout, "Where Dem Girls At." Written by Skyy - who also appears on the song as the main vocalist - and produced by Lil Jon, the bass-heavy track sees the Atlanta rhymer and company engaging in a call-and-response routine with Carolyn and Chyna White. "Where Dem Girls" is a club-ready track celebrating all of the grown and sexy girls that ain't scared to let their inner freak out.
"Let My Nuts Go"Featuring Too $hort, Quint Black and Nation Riders
Oakland legend Too $hort makes an appearance on "Let My Nuts Go," one of the premier song on We Still Crunk! that helps make the album the classic that it is. Short Dawg didn't come by his lonely either, bringing along The Nation Riders and Quint Black for the ride. Overall, they spit game over the smoked-out beat. Lil Jon swoops in with an energized verse of his own, instantly infusing the track with his turnt-up musings and serving as the anchor to this lively affair.
"Bia Bia"Featuring Too $hort, Ludacris and Chyna Whyte
The remixed version may have gotten more love on the national scale, but true fans of Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz know that the original version of "Bia Bia" is a monster in its own right. Produced by Lil Jon and featuring Too $hort and Chyna Whyte, the song is a no-frills banger that sees Short chiding weaklings and writing them off as bitches. Chyna Whyte gets busy with a show-stealing verse as well. "Bia Bia" stands as a staple in the group's catalog and incites instant pandemonium til this day.
"I Like Dem Girls" may have been the most successful song from We Still Crunk!, but its follow-up, "Put Yo Hood Up" has proved to be the more endearing track. Produced by Lil Jon, the anthemic song sees the loc'd out party starter and his dynamic duo hyping up listeners and sending them into a frenzy with their defiant chants and menacing threats. Urging everybody to "put yo hood up" and represent their clique, Lil Jon, Big Sam and Lil' Bo deliver a classic anthem that's known to tear down a club or two.