[artist id="961130"]Lil Jon[/artist] once proclaimed "crunk ain't dead," and these days, he could easily rework that former mantra in support of his long-delayed Crunk Rock album.
The long-in-the-works project finally has a release date set, June 8, and Jon is in full promo mode behind the project. The album, in the works for four years due to a feud with his former label, transformed over time from a rock-leaning effort into one that reflects his new life as a working DJ.
"Initially, when I started work on it I was collaborating with a lot of rock producers and rock musicians," he told MTV News. "And then, as time progressed and as I was going through stuff with the label and as I was DJing again, then I got the new deal and so on and so forth. The new energy started to come around me by being in the club. It started meaning we're crunk all the time, we party like rock stars, we live life to the fullest — that's what crunk rock really means now.
"Because there's so many different kinds of Lil Jons that's on this album that it's not just rock and roll," he added. "You got some rock kind of collaborations, but you got some electro collaborations, you got crunk music, you got dance music, you got all kinds of stuff, Bali funk. We got so many different kinds of collaborations on the album that it changed really into a lifestyle. We live like this."
Crunk Rock features an array of producers, including David Guetta, Drumma Boy and Steve Aoki, whom Jon recently worked with on the DJ's own project. Pitbull, R. Kelly, Mario, LMFAO and 3OH!3 are among the collaborators who chipped in to help Jon on the album.
The producer said he took a step back from manning the boards on Crunk Rock to help him reset and recharge after his battle with TVT, on which he released a number of albums before.
But the beatsmith, who has scored hits for Usher ("Yeah!") and E-40 in the past, said fans should expect to hear him on upcoming projects by Flo Rida and Pitbull, among others.
Last week, Lil Jon premiered his latest video, "Outta Your Mind," featuring LMFAO, the lead offering from Crunk Rock.
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