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Top 25 Hip-Hop Songs of the 2000s: #23 Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz “Get Low” ft. Ying Yang TwinsPosted by Nathan S. on 11/20/09 | Filed under Features, Best of the 2000s, Lil Jon
Just in case you thought the crunk thing was a low level fad, Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz smash hit "Get Low", featuring the Ying Yang Twins, at its peak was the fifth biggest song in the western hemisphere (if you combine the US, German, French, UK and Australian charts). Coming off Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz' 2003 album "Kings of Crunk", based on commercial numbers alone "Get Low" was easily one of the biggest songs of the decade.
Although the crunk movement appears to have reached its slow but inevitable death, during the middle of the decade it's impact was enormous. I've already outlined the commercial impact above, but Lil Jon's cultural impact reached far beyond just the charts. For better or worse, Lil Jon was the most recognizable face, and voice, in hip-hop for a solid three years, a man so iconic Dave Chapelle dedicated entire skits to him. More informally, Lil Jon also easily passes the Mom test: as in, you know a rapper is famous when even your mom knows who is is.
So if you couldn't talk about hip-hop in the 2000s without talking about Lil Jon, and you can't, then I frankly don't see how you could have gone with any other song than "Get Low". For a solid two years every party played "Get Low" (prompting a thousand people to simultaneously scream "Yeah!"), and the track even caught Congress' attention once they figured out what the lyrics meant (hilariously senators wrote a letter to the FCC demanding that the word "skeet" not be allowed to be played on radio). Until the day I die I'm going to think about Lil Jon when I think about this decade, and when I do, I'm going to think of "Get Low', and at the end of the day, that's exactly what this list is about. Now sing it with me people: "From the window, to the wall...."
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