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House-Crunk, Punk-Crunk, Funk-Crunk, Electro-Crunk
Crunk Rock - Lil Jon
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Crunk Rock - Lil Jon
Advantages: Great Crunk start
Disadvantages: Poor House ending
After years of delays, from as early as 2006, Lil' Jon was finally able to put out "Crunk Rock" as his first solo album (away from The East Side Boyz) in 2010 when he dropped "Crunk Rock" in Summer 2010. Originally meant to be a fusion of Crunk and Rock (at a time when Hood Rock was popular with the likes of the Shop Boyz taking over with "Party Like A Rockstar") the time in between saw not only Rock-inspired Rap go out of fashion, but also the Dirty South party Rap that is 'Crunk' also follow suit. With his time in-between putting out albums spent largely on tour in Europe, here he comes with a Euro-House-inspired album with, of course, a little Crunk thrown in there too as he shares vocal and production work with himself and many guests.
1. "Crunk Rock" (Intro)
2. "Throw It Up, Part 2 (Remix)
As we move right out of a grimy introduction, we find that we move right into a suitably-raw opeing musical recording here as we find that he remakes a track from earlier-on in his career. He goes right in with the sort of Crunk that the fans of his early work want to hear here and I felt that it was a nice way to set things off as he comes with his hype rhymes before handing things over to Pastor Troy and Waka Flocka Flame (the latter representing the new generation of Crunk music).
3. "G Walk"
Keeping things rolling, here he recruits Soulja Boy (Tell 'Em) on a track which has been floating around for some time and finds that together the pair of them are able to come together to show how all of those labelled as 'Crunk' are able to work together effectively without it sounding to be any sort of effort to actually work as they collaborate and make for a raw club tune which reflects the scene they know.
4. "On De Ground"
This one shows how Lil' Jon is clearly trying out new things here as he comes in with a tune which has him working with Stephen and Damian Marley for a Dancehall-edged track. I felt that this one sounded as though it was a bit forced and wasn't really working as a piece by itself and was merely put in here to show that he had done a lot in the recording process and want to make sure people are made aware of this.
5. "What Is Crunk Rock?" (Lude)
This track is another with a Dancehall feel to it, however it seems to have much more to it than that as here Whole Wheat Bread play here and so give things a raw Punk edge to give the 'Rock' side of this album's title some purpose. Here Elephant Man, Ice Cube and (The) Game perform on the vocals and I thought that all together they made for an interesting mix that takes some time to get used to, but you're likely to enjoy no matter what you're into.
7. "Get In Get Out"
Although we find that Lil' Jon gets up off the beats for this one and instead hands things over to Catalyst, here Lil' Jon does all the vocals himself for this one and so it finally sounds like a solo piece. I thought that it was a nice time to do it as he goes for a Snap Music track and so this one has a much more simplistic feel to most and so suits the fact its only him here and he shows how he's still able to carry a tune without aid.
8. "Outta Your Mind"
Lil' Jon's back on the production for this one and as he gets back into that side of things, he recruits LMFAO to assist him on the vocal end of things. I felt that this was one that would take a while to actually get used to here as its a bit alternative and so not quite what we tend to expect from him, but after some time it comes together as a piece that you're likely to enjoy if you're into his mid '00s work.
9. "Ride Da D"
I thought that this was an interesting track on the record as here Lil' Jon and the Ying Yang Twins attempt to remake some classic Bounce material here. Together they make for a great team (as proven on past tunes they've done together in things such as "Get Low". Here things are taken in a much slower pace and it makes for a much harsher sound that I thought only artists such as these would be able to pull off at this time.
10. "Ms. Chocolate"
This tune came out as the lead single to the album. I have to say that what's found here doesn't really reflect what else is found on the album and sounds to be too obviously an attempt to get a little something from the commercial field when his sound is much better when it's raw. Here he gets the R&B singers Mario and R. Kelly on the tune and makes for a rather average tune that really doesn't stand out in 2010's contemporary scene.
11. "Like A Stripper"
With this one he comes up with a very fun trak as he attempts to bring back the sort of energy found in the tunes that he grew up on (from Miami and his own ends of Atlanta) as he comes with a dance cut specifically done for the strip clubs in just the sort of way that he used to with early material of his from the nineties. It was appealing with Pleasure P on the hook, however I thought that he tried to update things too much and would have done better to just take things right back to the peak Miami Bass days.
For this one he links up with LMFAO once again and goes for a hyped-up tune which reflects the time he spent in Euro as he goes for a club tune with a real House feel that you didn't tend to get in the US until around 2008 when suddenly everyone all caught up on it. This one wasn't really for me 9as I'm not a fan of that style or the collaborators) but I appreciated what Lil' Jon did to make it sound as though he wasn't moving too far away from what he's known for.
13. "Work It Out"
Here he gets Pitbull to work alongside him, but I knew just from seeing his name that things would take a very unpleasant turn and one which would play on the sort of thing heard on the last with an Electro-House sound which is far from what the US market were into until very recent times. This one wasn't working for me and much of this is down to the annoying way in which Pitbull rhymes.
The album ends with Lil' Jon working with 3OH!3 on a track which I thought just sounded like what we'd heard on the last two as we get a track which features the annoying thumping sounds which seem to come with all Disco-derived House and it just doesn't seem to equate to any decent results whatsoever. I saw it to be a poor end to the album and one that fans of his old work wouldn't really feel.
In knowledge of how the recording process for this album went, I wasn't too hopeful on how exactly the album would eventually turn out to be. Here we find that he does well to ensure that there's quite a bit of the 'normal' Lil' Jon and that this fresh, new one is restricted to the end of the album,. But I still felt as though the House sounds at the end just spoiled it and undermined the quality of the first half.
Summary: Lil' Jon's debut solo album