Lil Jon is a house music DJ. While this may come as news to those of you who only expect crunk hip-hop with smatterings of “yeahs” and “whaaats” from him, the producer says he’s just going back to his roots.
“I was a house DJ in the ’90s actually,” Jon told MTV News at the Winter Music Conference on Wednesday. “House has always been a part of me. I love house music. I love music, no matter what kind of music it is, from dance, house, electro, hip-hop, crunk, gansta, West Coast, country western. That’s how I grew up, I just love music.”
Moments before our interview, Lil Jon finished his set at Nikki Beach’s Flying Circus party with “Outta Your Mind,” his collaboration with LMFAO and the first single from his long-awaited Crunk Rock album (due out June 8). As he let the song rip, he told the crowd that they were all to be a part of the video, and the cameras were already rolling.
“We’re shooting a video all over WMC, and I wanted to capture the essence of Lil Jon’s life,” he said. “Lil Jon’s life and LMFAO’s life is: You wake up and you are running and gunning until we put our heads down. From party to party, we party with everybody from the hip-hop to the electro crowd, and that’s what we’re really capturing in the video. We love everybody, and everyone loves us.”
WMC provides a chance for Jon to get together with all of his new friends in the electronic world. Jon is featured on a DJ Chuckie Remix of David Guetta’s “Sexy Chick,” and through Chuckie, he came to know David Guetta. And now LMFAO and Steve Aoki are among his favorite colleagues.
“My boy is Steve Aoki now,” Jon said. “It’s crazy because me and Aoki met here in Miami, and he just hit me one day out of the blue, like, ‘You! I want you to get on this beat.’ And we got on Skype â€” me, him and Afrojack, which is a crazy combination â€” and we ended up linking up in the studio later.”
Lil Jon said it’s not that big of a stretch for him to be playing one of the country’s biggest electronic music festivals. After all, a party is a party, and if there is one thing Lil Jon can do, it’s bring parties to a roaring frenzy.
“They don’t really expect me to play house music at all,” Jon said. “People really don’t understand that this is my world too. Any time I play any house record, people just, like, bug out. I play a lot of Dutch records. I play baile funk. I play electro. I play house. I just bring the party to the table. I’m the guy that everybody looks to bring the party to them.”