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Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz

  • Put Yo Hood Up [TVT, 2001] Dud
  • Kings of Crunk [TVT, 2002] C
  • Part II [TVT EP, 2003] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Put Yo Hood Up [TVT, 2001] Dud

Kings of Crunk [TVT, 2002]
Buried on this cruddy album is a great gimmick half perfected on the climactic "Get Low": oi anthems gone south, crude and compelling unison chants about flexing muscle in a club where another clique does something you don't like, such as breathe. Socially retrograde, but so was tango, and Lil's namesake Elton beat him to the theme by three decades. What's truly retrograde is the rapping--when Too Short takes a turn you'd think Rakim had dropped in from paradise--and the pimp shit eaten by boy-toy-for-hire Oobie and bull mackstress Chyna Whyte. As if in illustration, this version of "Get Low" includes an indistinct verse about stupid bitches poppin' pussy on a pole. It's omitted from both remixes on the new Part II. They knew what to do. Now you do too. C

Part II [TVT EP, 2003]
'Hood shit slammin', 'ho shit damnin' ("Get Low Remix," "Get Low Merengue Mix"). **