Crunk Juice

Crunk Juice

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by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
     
 

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With his booming production commanding the airwaves and his catchphrases now ubiquitous -- thanks to a hearing-impaired skit on Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show -- Lil Jon has successfully made his crunk brand of hip-hop a hot commodity. Showing no signs of cooling off, Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz return with their fourth proper album, Crunk Juice.

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With his booming production commanding the airwaves and his catchphrases now ubiquitous -- thanks to a hearing-impaired skit on Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show -- Lil Jon has successfully made his crunk brand of hip-hop a hot commodity. Showing no signs of cooling off, Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz return with their fourth proper album, Crunk Juice. Since Jon and company have always preferred hollering and chanting to a more traditional rhyming technique, the album's guest list is crammed with an impressive cast of mike men, including R. Kelly ("In Da Club") and Nas ("Grand Finale"). As expected, 808 drum-and-synth concoctions remain Jon's musical foundation, though he successfully ventures into other genres. The mosh pit–worthy "Get Crunk," with its crushing bass beat and aggressive chants, takes on an almost punk rock swagger, while the slow jam "Lovers and Friends" reunites Lil Jon with Usher and Ludacris for the first time since Usher's megahit "Yeah!" "Aww Skeet Skeet," featuring DJ Flexx, marries an LJ catchphrase to an addictive go-go groove. Playing like one big party in CD format, Crunk Juice offers plenty of musical libations for everyone. Alvin Aqua Blanco

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Responsible for numerous crunk party tunes and plenty of over-the-top hits, producer Lil Jon could easily be mistaken for a flash-in-the-pan whose time is almost up. Then again, his formulaic records that generally come up aces bring to mind AC/DC and their always-the-same, generally-very-good track record. You can count the songs that Lil Jon has been involved with and didn't shout "yeah!" and "okay!" on one hand, and his Crunk Juice album is more of the same. But keeping the AC/DC comparison going, Crunk Juice is his Back in Black, just as exciting and remarkably powerful, but twice as long and with a lot more help. Even though most of the songs are built on the same party-crunk foundation, the difference is in the details. Production by production, record by record, Lil Jon has become a more detailed producer. Crunk Juice is the payoff of every single that's come before it. Take the incredibly hard "What U Gon' Do" with it's simple, everybody's-feelin'-it beat. Lil Scrappy's tough rap proves he's the man for the job on this track, while the loopy, faraway melody and robot filters Lil Jon runs Scrappy's vocal through are what really makes it. The East Side Boyz -- Big Sam and Lil Bo -- are a worthy support crew and gel with their resident superstar as well as G-Unit does with 50 Cent. Great, but it's the ridiculously well-picked guest list you've come for, isn't it? The biggies -- R. Kelly, Usher, Ice Cube, Snoop, Rick Rubin, and on and on -- all bring it, while Southern stalwarts like Trillville, Eightball & MJG, Ying Yang Twins, and Gangsta Boo -- whose brash vocals are slowed down eerily, screwed-and-chopped style -- sound especially triumphant, proud to be with the South's greatest chart-topper. Running 75 minutes long and with too many highlights to mention, the worst thing you can say about Crunk Juice is that it's overwhelming. Funny skits from Chris Rock and E-40 tie it all together if you can stand over an hour of crunk pummeling, but Crunk Juice is best taken in two or three glorious listens. That's a lot of top-notch crunk, and more than enough to justify Lil Jon's "King of Crunk" title.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
Label:
Tvt
UPC:
0016581269026
catalogNumber:
2690

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz   Primary Artist
Ice Cube   Rap
Snoop Dogg   Rap
Nas   Rap
8ball & MJG   Rap
Usher   Vocals
R. Kelly   Vocals
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Bass
Fat Joe   Rap
Nate Dogg   Rap
DJ Flexx   Rap
Jazze Pha   Rap
Craig Love   Guitar
Lil Jon   Rap
Pharrell Williams   Vocals
Gangsta Boo   Rap
Ying Yang Twins   Rap
L-Roc   Keyboards
Ludacris   Rap
T.I.   Rap
Lil Bo   Rap
Lil Scrappy   Rap
Pimpin' Ken   Track Performer
Big Sam   Rap

Technical Credits

C.P. Love   Composer
Nas   Composer
John Frye   Engineer
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Composer
Chuck Leonard   Composer
R. Rubin   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer
J. Smith   Composer
Chris Steinmetz   Engineer
Mike Goodwin   Composer
DJ Flexx   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer,Executive Producer
Josh Butler   Engineer
Lil Jon   Audio Production
M. Sterling   Composer
Bryan Leach   Executive Producer
Abel Garibaldi   Engineer
Rob McDowell   Executive Producer
Neptunes   Producer,Audio Production
Wassim Zreik   Engineer
Emperor Searcy   Executive Producer
Scotty Beats   Producer
N. Hale   Composer
C. Harris   Composer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Ian Mereness   Engineer
J Smith   Composer
Lil Jay   Producer
O.B. Jackson   Composer
Mark Vinten   Engineer
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Jason Lader   Engineer
Brian Sumner   Engineer
Stephen Georgiafandis   Engineer
Vince Phillips   Executive Producer
Paolo Sheehy   Engineer

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Crunk Juice 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is extremlly hot. I got it the first day it came out and it hasn't left my cd player yet. I encourage everybody to buy this album.You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lil Jon used all his connections to make this a great album. he got some great guest artist in this album. especially ice cube (one of my favorite rapper) is on 2 of the tracks. I just wish i could get the bonus cd with pitbull(which i also give 5 starts in heart).
Guest More than 1 year ago
So im not sure if anyone could ever take Lil John seriously? IF you get this CD dont expect insightful lyrics that touch your heart. Basically its Lil John yelling random words and rapping about how cool he is. Its more of a comedy CD then anything, but still kinda fun to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got me Crunk Juice with the DVD and this cd is fire. Lil Jon's beats are wild and the dvd is crunk. If yall loved the Kings of Crunk youll love this one
Guest More than 1 year ago
People who loved his previous cd will definitely will love the new album. The beats are awesome. No bad song on the album. Bang it in your car for some hard bass. Also the remix album that comes with it is hot. Make sure you pick the album up and get the special edition with the dvd in it. Great videos and other stuff on it..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago