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Crunk Rock
Studio album by Lil Jon
Released June 8, 2010
Recorded 2005-2010
Genre Crunk, Snap, Electro hop, Dance-pop, R&B, House
Label BME/Universal[1]
Producer Lil Jon (exec.)
Swizz Beatz
Drumma Boy[2]
RedOne
Jim Jonsin
Kassiano
Lil Jon chronology
Crunk Juice
(2004)
Crunk Rock
(2010)
Singles from Crunk Rock
  1. "Ms. Chocolate"
    Released: March 16, 2010[3]

Crunk Rock is the much-delayed solo debut album by Atlanta-based Rapper & producer Lil Jon. The current set date for the album to be released is June 8, 2010.[4]

Background and recording

Work on the album began in 2005. In May 2006 MTV reported that it would be released late that summer or in early fall.[5] At that time he announced that he was relocating to Las Vegas where the album would be recorded, and that half of the album would be similar in style to his 2003 single "Get Low".[5] In June that year, recording had started, and Lil Jon announced that he planned to include collaborations with R. Kelly, Mariah Carey, and Snoop Dogg on the album, and the first single from the album sessions, "Snap Yo Fingers" was released, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.[6][7] In January 2007, it was reported that Lil Jon was still in the studio working on the album, and that recorded tracks included "Roll Call" featuring Lil Wayne and Ciara, and tracks featuring R Kelly and Nate Dogg.[8] The prospective release date at that time was Spring 2007.[8] At this time he was already indicating problems with the record label, stating that he "was going through the drama with TVT Records".[9] By August 2007, the album's release date had slipped again, with late 2007 the expected date. The list of guest artists had by this time expanded to include Game, Ice Cube, P.O.D. and Kid Rock, with Jon explaining that "the concept of the album is that it is merger of rock and hip-hop styles, utilising the different styles of the guest contributors."[10] By November 2007, however, the album was reported to be "65 percent, maybe 70 percent done", with a release now expected in 2008, with Lil Jon taking time out to DJ and do voiceover work in Hollywood.[11] By March 2008, the problems with TVT had intensified, with record label TVT described by MTV as having gone from "having money to burn to being on the verge of folding", and Lil Jon said to have experienced legal issues with the label over money.[12] While work on the album was interrupted, with Lil Jon citing the stress of the TVT situation as causing him to taking a complete break from recording the album, he had worked with other artists such as Flo Rida and Pharell Williams, and had done production work on E-40's Ball Street Journal album.[12] The TVT label filed for bankruptcy in February 2008, putting the album's release into doubt.[13] By August 2008, Lil Jon had freed himself from his contract with TVT, giving him the rights to the master recordings for Crunk Rock, in return for dropping his objection to the sale of TVT's assets to The Orchard Group.[14] He restarted work on the album and stated that he was considering a new 'World Music' direction for the album and a possible change of title, saying "I'm touching so many different kinds of people on this album as well as keeping my core fan base at the same time."[15] In October 2008, Lil Jon signed to Universal Republic and the album was re-scheduled for a release in early 2009.[1] In March 2009, two mixtapes appeared from Lil Jon, Rockbox Vol. 1 and 2, with Rolling Stone announcing that Crunk Rock was expected later in 2009.[16] Indeed, the second volume closed with Jon stating "Crunk Rock coming sooooooon".[16] By September 2009 a new date of November 24 was announced for the album's release, although it was still unfinished.[17][18] Confirmed guests additionally included 3OH!3, Whole Wheat Bread, David Guetta, DJ Chuckie, Laidback Luke, Elephant Man, Pastor Troy, Ying Yang Twins, Akon, Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, and Pitbull.[18][19] Another single from the album, the RedOne-produced "Give It All U Got", was announced, with a promotional video filmed in Miami in September.[18][20] Lil Jon stated the the album would now be more eclectic than previously envisaged with elements of house music, pop and R&B.[19] By October 2009, Lil Jon described the album as "80 percent done", with all tracks recorded but "some final touches" still required, with the release date pushed back into early 2010.[21] The new single from the album, the disco-tinged "Give It All U Got", was released in November 2009. Lil Jon held a Listening Session for the album in 2010.[22] Rap-Up reported that the album is set for a June 8, 2010 release.[23]

Promotion and releases

Singles
  • "Ms. Chocolate", which features R. Kelly and Mario, was released as the first single on March 16, 2010.
Promotional singles
  • "Snap Yo Fingers" was released as the first promotional single on February 4, 2006. The single peaked at number seven in the United States, and topped the US R&B/Hip Hop and US Rap charts.
  • "Act a Fool", which features Three 6 Mafia, was released as the second promotional single on October 31, 2006. It peaked at number ninety-one on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
  • "I Do", which features Swizz Beats and Snoop Dogg, was released as the third promotional single on July 21, 2009, but it failed to chart.
  • "Give it All U Got", which features Kee and Tinchy Stryder, was released as the fourth promotional single on November 3, 2009. Like its predeccesor, it failed to chart.

References

  1. ^ a b "Lil Jon Inks Solo And Label Deal With Universal Republic". XXL. http://www.xxlmag.com/online/?p=26326. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  2. ^ Paine, Jake (2009) "Drumma Boy Talks 17 Chart Tracks, Upcoming Projects", HipHopDX, May 14, 2009, retrieved 15 January 2010
  3. ^ "Single Covers: Lil Jon – ‘Ms. Chocolate’ + T.I. – ‘I’m Back’", Rap-Up, 2010-03-03, retrieved 2010-03-04
  4. ^ http://www.rapbasement.com/lil-jon/022410-producer-lil-jon-says-he-will-release-his-new-crunk-rock-album-in-june-watch-here.html
  5. ^ a b Reid, Shaheem (2006) "Lil Jon Wants To Double His Gold By Becoming King Of Rock", MTV, May 18, 2006, retrieved 15 January 2010
  6. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2006) "Name-Dropping Lil Jon Plans To Rock With Mariah, Snoop, R. Kelly", MTV, June 26, 2006, retrieved 15 January 2010
  7. ^ "Lil Jon Chart History", Billboard.com, retrieved 15 January 2010
  8. ^ a b "Lil Jon : quelques infos sur Crunk Rock", Rap2K.com, 24 January 2007, retrieved 15 January 2010
  9. ^ Tardio, Andres (2007) "Lil Jon Makes Crunk Rock", HipHopDX, 24 January 2007, retrieved 15 January 2010
  10. ^ Colothan, Scott (2007) "Lil Jon Drafts In The Game, Ice Cube: For his upcoming crunk-rock album...", Gigwise.com, August 01, 2007, retrieved 15 January 2010
  11. ^ Tardio, Andres (2007) "Lil Jon Resurfaces", HipHopDX, November 06, 2007, retrieved 15 January 2010
  12. ^ a b Reid, Shaheem (2008) "Lil Jon Isn't A Rock Star Just Yet, But He's Keeping Busy With E-40, Extreme Athletes", MTV, March 7, 2008, retrieved 15 January 2010
  13. ^ "Sixshot Bits: Brief News On Three 6 Mafia, Lil Jon, Trey Songz & J-Holiday", SixShot.com, February 19, 2008, retrieved 15 January 2010
  14. ^ Moody, Nekesa Mumbi (2008) "Rapper signs deal with The Orchard", Fox News, August 5, 2008, retrieved 15 January 2010
  15. ^ Moody, Nekesa Mumbi (2008) "Lil Jon shifts from crunk to 'world music'", Fox News, August 13, 2008, retrieved 15 January 2010
  16. ^ a b Kreps, Daniel (2009) "Lil Jon Drops Rock and New Wave Mixtapes As “Crunk Rock” Approaches", Rolling Stone, March 23, 2009, retrieved 15 January 2010
  17. ^ "Lil Jon annonce Crunk Rock pour novembre", Rap2K.com, 11 September 2009, retrieved 15 January 2010
  18. ^ a b c Castillo, Arielle (2009) "Lil Jon, the King of Crunk, Talks New Album, Pitbull, and Fine Wine With New Times", Broward-Palm Beach New Times, September 22, 2009, retrieved 15 January 2010
  19. ^ a b Weingarten, Christopher R. (2009) "Lil Jon Teams With R. Kelly, Akon to Make Fans “Wild Out” to Party Album “Crunk Rock”", Rolling Stone, September 10, 2009, retrieved 15 January 2010
  20. ^ Marr, Madeleine (2009) "Crunk king Lil Jon just wants to party", Miami Herald, September 11, 2009, retrieved 15 January 2010
  21. ^ Grass, Damian (2009) "Rapper Lil Jon Sets out to Complete New Album", ABC, sourced from Associated Press, October 23, 2009, retrieved 15 January 2010
  22. ^ http://content.onsmash.com/archives/31242#more-31242
  23. ^ Lil Jon Rocks with R. Kelly, Game, and Soulja Boy on Solo Debut. Rap-Up.







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