Vibe - 1/03, p.1303 out of 5
- "...Jon & the Boyz build their project around distorted, heavy-hitting beats and riot-inducing hooks....The production remains solid..."
Personnel: Lil Jon, Big Sam, Lil Bo, Eightball, MJG, Big Tymers, Chyna Whyte, E-40, Styles P, Krayzie Bone, Bun B, Big Gipp, Bo Hagon, Luke, Devin "The Dude", Pitbull, The BME Allstars, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Krayzie Bone, Mystikal, Oobie, Pastor Troy, Petey Pablo, Too $hort, Trick Daddy, UGK, Ying Yang Twins (rap vocals); Pimpin' Ken (spoken vocals).
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz: Lil Jon, Big Sam, Lil Bo (rap vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Eightball, MJG, Big Tymers, Chyna Whyte, E-40, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Krayzie Bone, Mystikal, Oobie Pastor Troy, Petey Pablo, Roy Jones, Jr., Too $hort, Trick Daddy, UGK, Ying Yang Twins.
Hailing from Atlanta, GA, the hardcore trio Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz are the premier practitioners of the southern rap sub-genre colloquially dubbed "crunk." The style is exemplified by forceful, primal beats, over-the-top, chanted vocals, and a bad-boy/party-hardy attitude that bypasses gangta cool in search of a pure visceral, hedonist high. Accordingly, there's little subtlety to be found on KINGS OF CRUNK, and rightfully so. Would you really want to hear a tender love ballad from leather-lunged badass Lil Jon? Wisely, Jon and his Boyz stick to their strengths, to such an extent that the weak of heart should have a physician on hand when listening to KINGS OF CRUNK, just in case they should be overcome by the sheer fierceness of it all.