Kings of Crunk

Performers Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz

TVT | October 1, 2007 | Compact Disc

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There was a time when Southern rappers felt marginalized. That was before the rise of 2 Live Crew and their bass colleagues in the late '80s; southern rap has long since become a huge industry, and Dirty South MCs who hit big in cities like New Orleans, Memphis, and Miami can easily sell a ton of CDs in the South alone. While some Dirty South rappers have a gangsta/thug life agenda and some are into serious sociopolitical messages, Atlanta rapper Lil Jon and his two East Side Boyz (Lil Bo and Big Sam) have tended to favor rowdy, in-your-face, profanity-filled party music. Kings of Crunk, like the trio's previous releases, is full of the sort of hook-filled call-and-response jams that Southern hip-hop clubs are known for. The list of guests reads like a who's-who of Dirty South rapping -- Mystikal, Petey Pablo, Trick Daddy, and Pastor Troy all have cameos -- and Jon's trio works the crunk formula to death on relentlessly energetic tunes such as "Knockin' Heads Off," "Throw It Up," and the single "I Don't Give a Fuck." At times, the group sounds like it is recycling hits from previous albums, but one is inclined to be forgiving because even the CD's most formulaic tracks are infectious -- the Atlanta residents do have a way with a hook. And to their credit, not every track is formulaic crunk. Kings of Crunk detours into more of a Texas-type sound when Jon features U.G.K. on the rock-influenced "Diamonds," and those who find that Jon's up-tempo material can be exhausting will be surprised at how much his group chills out on "Nothin's Free" and a few other smooth, R&B-drenched items. Arguably the trio's most well-rounded album, Kings of Crunk will keep crunk fans happy, but has enough variety to keep listeners from calling them one-dimensional. [The 2003 Canadian edition includes a bonus disc containing two extra tracks.] ~ Alex Henderson

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 1, 2007

Genre: Southern Rap

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Originally Released: 2002

Label Name: TVT

UPC: 016581237124

Found in: Southern Rap

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Kings of Crunk

Kings of Crunk

Performers Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
Guest Artist(s) Big Tymers, E-40, Eightball, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Krayzie Bone, MJG, Mystikal, Pastor Troy, Petey Pablo, UGK

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 1, 2007

Genre: Southern Rap

Style: R&B

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Originally Released: 2002

Label Name: TVT

UPC: 016581237124


Title Track Time
1.King of Crunk (Intro) --
2.Throw It Up --
3.Knockin Heads Off --
4.Pimpin Ken Speaks --
5.B***H --
6.I Don't Give A... [Dirty Version] --
7.Rep Yo City --
8.Push That N****, Push That H** --
9.Keep Yo Chullin out the Street --
10.Diamonds --
11.Weedman --
12.Weedman --
13.Nothin On --
14.Luke Talkin S**T --
15.Ooh Na Na Naa Naa --
16.Nothins Free --
17.Play No Games --
18.Pitbulls Cuban Rideout --
19.Get Low (Street) --
20.T. I. P . --
21.Bme Click --
22.Get Low (remix) (canada Only Bonus Track) - (studio) --
1.Get Low --
2.Salt Shaker --

Editorial Notes

There was a time when Southern rappers felt marginalized. That was before the rise of 2 Live Crew and their bass colleagues in the late '80s; southern rap has long since become a huge industry, and Dirty South MCs who hit big in cities like New Orleans, Memphis, and Miami can easily sell a ton of CDs in the South alone. While some Dirty South rappers have a gangsta/thug life agenda and some are into serious sociopolitical messages, Atlanta rapper Lil Jon and his two East Side Boyz (Lil Bo and Big Sam) have tended to favor rowdy, in-your-face, profanity-filled party music. Kings of Crunk, like the trio's previous releases, is full of the sort of hook-filled call-and-response jams that Southern hip-hop clubs are known for. The list of guests reads like a who's-who of Dirty South rapping -- Mystikal, Petey Pablo, Trick Daddy, and Pastor Troy all have cameos -- and Jon's trio works the crunk formula to death on relentlessly energetic tunes such as "Knockin' Heads Off," "Throw It Up," and the single "I Don't Give a Fuck." At times, the group sounds like it is recycling hits from previous albums, but one is inclined to be forgiving because even the CD's most formulaic tracks are infectious -- the Atlanta residents do have a way with a hook. And to their credit, not every track is formulaic crunk. Kings of Crunk detours into more of a Texas-type sound when Jon features U.G.K. on the rock-influenced "Diamonds," and those who find that Jon's up-tempo material can be exhausting will be surprised at how much his group chills out on "Nothin's Free" and a few other smooth, R&B-drenched items. Arguably the trio's most well-rounded album, Kings of Crunk will keep crunk fans happy, but has enough variety to keep listeners from calling them one-dimensional. [The 2003 Canadian edition includes a bonus disc containing two extra tracks.] ~ Alex Henderson
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