Lil Jon has returned with a new single, “Ain’t No Tellin’,” which he shares with the late rapper, Mac Dre.
Jon, a fan of the California artist associated with the “hyphy” movement in the Bay Area hip-hop scene, attained the master tapes of Mac Dre’s vocals with the blessing of the rapper’s mother.
Mac Dre was killed after a 2004 performance in Kansas City, Mo. He was 34.
“I had to do right by Mac Dre, he is a legend and it meant a lot to me to make sure I did this right. I made at least 30 beats with Kronic - my producing partner on this one – before we settled on one. Something wasn’t sittin’ right with me [with what we already had] and I woke up one morning and remembered a beat I did for a Janet Jackson remix. She never used it. When I heard his vocals over the beat I was like ‘this is it!’ I think maybe God had me do that beat for Mac Dre the whole time…that was the reason Janet never used it,” Lil Jon said in a statement.
The Atlanta crunk star, known for his megahits “Turn Down for What” and his participation on Usher’s “Yeah,” is also well-regarded in the Bay Area, having produced Too $hort’s “Blow the Whistle” and E-40’s “Tell Me When to Go” in 2006.
In addition to “Ain’t No Tellin’,” Lil Jon is working on new collaborations with Tyga, Chris Brown, DJ Mustard and Light Skin Keisha.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.