Jonathan H. Smith was born in Atlanta, GA in 1972. He performs under the name Lil Jon and is credited with originating the Crunk sound out of the South. He also helped define the hyphy sound with Oakland and Bay Area.
Lil Jon got his start as an A&R with So So Def, then as a producer, working with Usher, Yin Yang Twins, Ciara, E-40, and more. He's more recently worked with Saweetie on her updated version from some of his songs including “Salt Shaker” and “Blow the Whistle” to name a couple.