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|Fri, December 03, 2004 at 9:12 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz latest album, Crunk Juice, recently set a record for first week sales for an independent album with over 400,000 albums sold in the first 10 days. The album also debuted at #3 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart and #2 on Billboard's Hip-Hop/R&B Albums Chart.
"This incredible feat solidifies the position of Lil Jon & The EastSide Boyz in the ranks of music superstars," said TVT Records president Steve Gottlieb. "It is also a testament to the careful and methodical artist development executed by our staff. That an album this massive was financed, produced, marketed and distributed 100% independently makes a point bigger than the sales mark it set. It shows the sea change in the music industry which has given a level of power to independent labels never before seen."
CRUNK JUICE features guest appearances from Ice Cube, Usher, Ludacris, R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg, 8Ball & MJG among others. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz remain true to their gritty, club-ready roots with lead single "What U Gon1 Do," which features Lil Scrappy. Releasing such a hard-core record was important to the group because Lil Jon as a producer has enjoyed so much commercial success through his work with Usher and Ciara, among others. "Most people probably thought we were going to come back with something commercial instead of what we do, which is always come out with a street record first. That1s our base. It1s classic Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz." The companion video for "What U Gon1 Do" is "Buzzworthy" rotation at MTV and in heavy rotation at BET.
You can also catch the group presenting at the Video Game Awards (12/14).
A limited edition CRUNK JUICE will include a 10-track bonus CD with remixes of Terror Squad's "Lean Back," "What U Gon' Do," Trick Daddy's "Lets Go," and "Roll Call," as well as other material. There's also a bonus DVD that shows Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz in the studio with 8 Ball & MJG, Rick Rubin, Bad Brains and others, as well as the trio at the MTV Video Music Awards, on BET's How I'm Living and performing at Hot 97's Summer Jam in New York courtesy of FUSE.
CRUNK JUICE is expected to be the biggest release in the history of TVT Records. Recent label releases include: hip-hop super-group, 213 (comprised of Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Nate Dogg), hip-hop soul songstress Teedra Moses, Cuban-American lyricist Pitbull and femme fatale rapper Jacki-O. Upcoming urban releases for 2005 include the first R&B Crunk artist Oobie and Lil' Jon-protégé Chyna Whyte.
|Tue, November 30, 2004 at 6:14 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
LIL JON & THE EAST SIDE BOYZ
- Crunk Juice in stores now!
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"Crunk Juice" features special guest artists R. Kelly, Ludacris, T.I., Bun B, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Trillville, 8 Ball and MJG, Nas, Elephant Man, Bad Brains, Ying Yang Twins, Pitbull, and more.
With production by Lil Jon, Rick Rubin, Scott Storch and The Neptunes, "Crunk Juice" brings crunk to a whole new level.
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|Wed, November 24, 2004 at 11:59 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Snoop Dogg drops his 8th solo album, Rhythm & Gangsta, a collection of pimp tales and old school R&B/Hip Hop fusions. Featuring productions from The Neptunes, Soopafly, Lil Jon and Hi-Tek, listeners receive a cornucopia of beats, tempos and guest artists. Some collabos work out well such as "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell Williams, the album's first radio release, as well as "Ups & Downs" featuring The Bee Gees. The disappointment on 'Rhythm & Gangsta' is that the collabos you'd expect to shine turn out to be Snoop's achilles' heel. "Step Yo Game Up" featuring Lil Jon & Trina is a crunk music attempt that doesn't get there while "Girl Like U" featuring Nelly fails to stand out in any considerable way and is, instead, well...average.
I always respect Snoop for the way he reaches out to include some funk in his albums and how he resurrects the old school (The Bee Gees, Charlie Wilson, Bootsy Collins) in his music. Though it seemed to work better earlier in his career, every now and then he manages to surprise us. `Rhythm & Gangsta' is a worthy effort though it falls far short of some of Snoop's superstar work from the early `90s. Also, you can't help but to be disappointed that Dr. Dre didn't produce a single a track on the album. Big mistake.
Rating: 2.5 BVs out of 5
Parental Advisory: Strong Content
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1. (Intro) I LOVE TO GIVE YOU LIGHT
2. BANG OUT
3. DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT featuring Pharrell
4. CAN I GET A FLICC WITCHU Featuring Bootsy Collins
5. UPS & DOWNS Featuring The Bee Gees
6. THE BIDNESS
7. SNOOP D.O. DOUBLE G
8. LET'S GET BLOWN
9. STEP YO GAME UP Featuring Lil' Jon & Trina
10.PERFECT Featuring Charlie Wilson
12.FRESH PAIR OF PANTIES ON
14.OH NO Featuring 50 Cent
15.CAN YOU CONTROL YO H** Featuring Soopafly
16.SIGNS Featuring Charlie Wilson & Justin Timberlake
17.I'M THREW WITCHU Featuring Soopafly
18.PASS IT PASS IT
19.GIRL LIKE U Featuring Nelly
20.NO THANG ON ME Featuring Bootsy Collins
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|Wed, November 24, 2004 at 4:51 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
'The Watermelon Heist' stars John Amos as a farmer who fails to get along with his neighbors, the Brown family, because they are "thieving, welfare collection vagrants" as he calls them and he wants them to move off their land.
Despite the dispute, the Browns won't leave their land that easily. But stolen mail and unpaid bills are making matters worse! To make money fast the Browns come up with a plan to win a contest for "Watermelon Juice Afro Sheen," awarding $10,000 to whoever can find the juiciest, sweetest watermelon in the country.
Are you kidding me??? Is this 1904 or 2004? This is an actual film and my greatest disappointment falls with John Amos. I expect a higher standard from this black Hollywood icon but, then again, I don't know him personally so maybe this type of coonery is a more accurate portrayal of him.
November 2004 2 Steps Back Award goes to the cast of 'The Watermelon Heist'. To verify the validity of this awful waste of film, click here
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|Mon, November 22, 2004 at 11:59 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
'Crunk Juice', released on TVT Records, is not for the faint of heart in a variety of ways. In terms of heavy-hitting, deep crunk beats it gives you more than the average crunk fan can handle (with the exception of slow jam potential cuts such as "Lovers and Friends" featuring Usher and Ludacris as well as "One Night Stand" featuring Oobie). Foul language? It's Lil Jon people. I'm pretty sure he covers every curse word imaginable throughout this album. The infamous, always controversial word n*gga? Well, on "Real N*gga Roll Call" with Ice Cube, Jon and his West Coast partner in rhyme manage to use said word well over 100 times (in fact I lost count after awhile and gave up trying to keep up).
Despite these elements, Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz have managed to put together a rather solid album. Sure it lacks lyrically for the most part but it's crunk music so you should know that before you buy it. Intellectual stimulation is not on the menu when eating at Jon's cafe. Much respect to LJ for making a strong attempt, saving the best for last on the album with "Grand Finale" featuring Nas, T.I., Fat Joe, Bun B and Ice Cube (Jadakiss and T.I., in particular, absolutely rip this track!).
By now you've heard the solid first release, "What U Goin' Do" featuring Lil Scrappy but expect to next hear "In Da Club" featuring R.Kelly & Ludacris. This track is a club banger and should receive/stay in heavy rotation. Of course whenever you're talking about an ATL MC you HAVE to wonder if there's something there for the strip...er...gentlemen clubs. Jon gives it to 'em of course in the name of "Stick That Thang Out (Skeezer)" featuring Ying Yang Twins & Pharrell Williams.
Being the crunk fan that I am, I consider 'Crunk Juice' an impressive, solid release. For those who don't embrace it or lewd, rude objectionable statements on a regular basis throughout an album, you may want to borrow it and listen before you buy it yourself.
Oh, by the way, if you've ever been on the phone with someone who just will not get off no matter how hard you try and what you say, PLEASE listen to the "Bo Hagon's Phone Call" skit. Absolutely hilarious!
BV Rating: 4BVs out of 5
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Marshall Lyons II is a BlackVibes.com senior staff member
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|Mon, November 15, 2004 at 11:51 PM|
I usually don't watch the "non-urban" award shows (i.e.- American Music Awards, Grammys, Oscars, etc.) because it's usually devoid of color and interesting content. Sunday night, however, I was treated to something out of the ordinary at the broadcast of the 32nd Annual American Music Awards.
I should've known something was going to be different when I saw Jimmy Kimmel hosting. He has a knack for "goin' there" or, to be more specific, telling jokes that are a little uncomfortable to hear...until you see everyone else laughing. He started the show with one of his favorite guests, Snoop Dogg, who was having a bake sale backstage. For sale were muffins, cookies and his "special brownies" (either you know or you don't...e-mail me and I'll inform you). That's not funny. What was funny, though, was Bobby Brown standing in line to buy some of Snoop's "special brownies." Asked whether he was taking the brownies home to share them with wife Whitney Houston, Bobby stated that he was keeping them for himself and had some milk backstage.
Other American Music Awards Highlights
Line Of The Night: "Who would've imagined that Martha Stewart would be in jail and Snoop Dogg would be selling brownies." - Jimmy Kimmel, host.
Worst Outfit: Country singer Kenny Chesney. Tye-dye rainbow-colored sleeveless shirt. When you factor in the traditional way-too-tight jeans and cowboy hat, he looked less ready for a hoedown yet all decked out for the nearest gay pride parade.
The Price Is Right: I love Ciara but sometimes she strikes me as one of Barker's Beauties from The Price Is Right.
Don't Do Drugs: What in the HELL did Anna Nicole Smith smoke/drink and how much of it? I think she stole some of Bobby's brownies.
Sexiest Look: Alicia Keys in solid black performing "Karma." Remember, ladies, you don't have to show all of the goods to look sexy.
Boring Performance of the Night: Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Williams performing "Drop It Like It's Hot." Can we get some lowriders on stage, random video chicks or something...please?!?
Mixed Greens Moment: Kobe's mix of boos and cheers from the audience. Now, were they booing because he wasn't convicted of rape or maybe because he cheated on his wife? Nope. More than likely it was because he ran Phil Jackson and Shaq out of town.
2 words: EVA LONGORIA
Who was spray painting during Bon Jovi's acceptance speech?
Fantasia Barrino aka THE MOUTH. Kinda gets a man to thinking...oops did I type that out loud?
Thugged Out Country Boy Award: Toby Keith
Best Performance of the Night: Twista, Kanye West and Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious