Atlanta's Lil Jon.
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Photo: Nick Onken/Nick Onken

Lil Jon releases new song with late rapper Mac Dre

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. 

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.