Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz

Biography

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz are a crunk rap group from Atlanta, Georgia formed in 1995 by Lil Jon and hype men/rappers Big Sam (born Sammie D. Norris) and Lil' Bo (born Wendell Maurice Neal). The group signed to the Atlanta-based Mirror Image Records and were distributed by Ichiban Records. In 1997, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz debuted with Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album. It included singles "Who U Wit?" and "Shawty Freak a Lil' Sumthin'", the latter of which came out in 1998. Both singles charted on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 70 and No. 62 respectively. In 2000, Jon took part in starting up his own label BME Recordings and signed a distribution agreement with Norcross, Georgia based Southern Music Distribution. There he released his breakthrough album titled We Still Crunk!. Among the tracks on that project was the hit single "I Like Those Girls," which reached No. 55 on the R&B chart and No. 3 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart.

After hearing feedback that Lil Jon was "the new guy" from street team people in the markets where he was attracting his biggest audiences – namely Atlanta, St. Louis, Memphis and Dallas – A&R at TVT, Bryan Leach, went to one of his Atlanta shows and was blown away by the immense energy of the experience. Leach told HitQuarters: "It was like early Beastie Boys, when they had the energy of a rock group but they were rapping, and ... that energy is what crunk music is all about." Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz signed to TVT Records in 2001 and debuted there with Put Yo Hood Up, which combined previously released tracks with new ones. The group's first nationally played single was "Bia' Bia'", which featured rappers Ludacris, Too Short, Big Kapp, and Chyna Whyte. "Bia' Bia'" peaked at No. 97 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 47 on the Billboard R&B chart.

In 2002, the group released Kings of Crunk. "I Don't Give A..." was its first single; it featured Mystikal and Krayzie Bone and peaked at No. 50 on the R&B chart. The group's next single, a collaboration with fellow Atlanta hip hop group Ying Yang Twins titled "Get Low", became popular in nightclubs nationwide and reached the top ten of the Hot 100. Crunk Juice followed in 2004, led by "What U Gon' Do" featuring Lil' Scrappy. "What U Gon' Do" peaked at No. 22 on the Hot 100, No. 13 on the R&B chart, and No. 5 on the rap chart; its follow-up, "Lovers & Friends" featuring Usher and Ludacris, peaked at No. 3 (Hot 100), No. 2 (R&B), and No. 1 (rap).

Discography

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album

Ichiban Records 1997
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - We Still Crunk!!

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - We Still Crunk !!

BME Recordings 2000
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Certified Crunk - Da Remix

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Certified Crunk

Ichiban Records, Mirror Image Entertainment 2000
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Put Yo Hood Up

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Put Yo Hood Up

TVT Records 2001
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Kings Of Crunk

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Kings Of Crunk

TVT Records 2002
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Part II

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Part II

TVT Records 2003
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Crunk Juice

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Crunk Juice

TVT Records, BME Recordings 2004
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Reggaeton Remix

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Reggaeton Remix

Ichiban Records 2005
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Crunkest Hits

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Crunkest Hits

The Orchard 2011

Guest Appearances

DJ Smurf - Dead Crunk
  • Stop Trippin'

DJ Smurf - Dead Crunk

Ichiban Records 1998
C-Nile - The Golden Child
  • Intro

C-Nile - The Golden Child

Gorilla Records 2001
Rasheeda - Dirty South
  • Faizon Phone Skit / Not Tonight

Rasheeda - Dirty South

D-Lo Entertainment, Motown Record Company 2001
Ying Yang Twins - Alley
  • ATL Eternally

Ying Yang Twins - Alley

Koch Records 2002
E-40 - Grit & Grind
  • Rep Yo City

E-40 "The Ballatician" - Grit & Grind

Jive 2002
Too Short - What's My Favorite Word?
  • Quit Hatin' Pt. 1

Too Short - What's My Favorite Word?

Jive 2002
OutKast - Speakerboxxx - The Love Below
  • Last Call

OutKast - Speakerboxxx / The Love Below

Arista 2003
Ying Yang Twins - Me And My Brother
  • Salt Shaker

Ying Yang Twins - Me And My Brother

TVT Records 2003
E-40 - Breakin' News
  • Anybody Can Get It

E-40 - Breakin' News

Jive 2003
Yo Gotti - Life
  • Dirty South Soldiers

Yo Gotti - Life

TVT Records 2003
Too Short - Married To The Game
  • Shake That Monkey

Too $hort - Married To The Game

Jive 2003
404 Soldierz - All Out War
  • Start Some Shit

404 Soldierz - All Out War

Big Cat Records 2004
Contac - Ready 2 Play
  • Do Something

Contac - Ready 2 Play

Wild Side Records, Lazyeye Entertainment 2004
Play-N-Skillz - The Album Before The Album
  • F*ck The Bouncerz Up

Play-N-Skillz - The Album Before The Album

101 Distribution 2005

Compilations

Booty Mix 3
  • Who U Wit (Bama Mix)

Various - Booty Mix 3: Wiggle Patrol

Intersound Urban 1998
Booty Mix 4: Dogs Get Crunk
  • Shawty Freak A Lil' Sumtin'

Various - Booty Mix 4: Dogs Get Crunk

Platinum Entertainment 1998
So So Def Bass All Stars Volume III
  • Drop Dem Boes

Various - So So Def Bass All Stars Volume III

So So Def 1998
Rhythm & Quad 166 Vol. 1
  • Let's Ride

Various - Rhythm & Quad 166 Vol. 1

EastWest Records America 1998
Super Quad: The Booty Album
  • Who U Wit?

Various - Super Quad: The Booty Album

DM Records 1998
Nationwide - Independence Day - The Compilation
  • Couldn't Be A Better Player

Various - Nationwide - Independence Day: The Compilation

Jive 1998
Booty Explosion
  • Shawty Freak A Lil' Sumthin'

Various - Booty Explosion

Pandisc Records 1999
DJ Bass Mix '99
  • Shawty Freak A Lil' Sumtin'

Various - DJ Bass Mix '99

Beast Records 1999
Too $hort Presents Nation Riders Mixtape Vol. 1
  • Here We Go (Remix)

Various - Too $hort Presents Nation Riders Mixtape Vol. 1

$hort Records 1999
Shake What Ya Mama Gave Ya - Hot New Rump-Shakin Hits
  • Who U Wit?

Various - Shake What Ya Mama Gave Ya: Hot New Rump-Shakin Hits

Blunt Recordings, TVT Records 1999
Rimshop Presents - N.E.W.S.
  • Swing

Various - Rimshop Presents N.E.W.S.

Rimshop Records 1999
Booty Thong Party
  • I Like Dem Girlz

Various - Booty Thong Party

Pandisc Records 2000
Big Momma's House (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Ooh Big Momma

Various - Big Momma's House (Music From The Motion Picture)

Sony Music House Inc. 2000
Down South Bounce
  • Who U Wit?

Various - Down South Bounce

Warlock Records 2001
Love And A Bullet (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)
  • Bia' Bia'

Various - Love And A Bullet (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)

TVT Soundtrax 2002
Crunk And Disorderly
  • Throw It Up

Various - Crunk And Disorderly

TVT Records 2003
Down South Bounce Vol. 3
  • Couldn't Be A Better Player

Various - Down South Bounce Vol. 3

Warlock Records 2003
Nasty Confessions
  • Nothing On

Various - Nasty Confessions

Artemis Records, Sheridan Square Records 2004
Slab House DJ's - Twanked Out Down South
  • Throw It Up

Slab House DJ's - Twanked Out Down South

Take Yo Shirt Off Records 2004
Girls Gone Wild Music Vol. 1
  • Shake That Monkey

Various - Girls Gone Wild Music Vol. 1

Jive 2004
DJ Captain Crunk Presents Crunk Wars
  • Get Crunk

Various - DJ Captain Crunk Presents Crunk Wars

Critique Records 2005
Lil Flip & Play-N-Skillz - The Best Of...
  • F**k Da Bouncerz Up

Lil Flip & Play-N-Skillz - The Best Of...

Primetime Producxxions 2007
Ying Yang Twins - Legendary Status (Greatest Hits)
  • Salt Shaker

Ying Yang Twins - Legendary Status (Greatest Hits)

The Orchard Enterprises 2009
Too $hort - The Essential
  • Shake That Monkey

Too $hort - The Essential

Jive/Legacy 2009