Lil Jon, whose hit 2003 one “Get Low” features the line “To the window, to the wall,” is now expending his time considering about, nicely, people’s windows and walls.
The hip-hop personality, who has dabbled in Tv set over the a long time, like a stint as a guest host on ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise past summer, is now foremost his have series. Premiering Monday, HGTV’s Lil Jon Desires to Do What? functions the titular star and house design and style skilled Anitra Mecadon doing work with house owners to update their abodes in sudden means.
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Lil Jon and Mecadon have been friends for five decades, dating again to when the rapper was bingeing house-renovation shows although getting his own Atlanta pad preset up next a plumbing concern. Lil Jon attained out to Mecadon for help with his spot soon after examining out her Do it yourself Network collection Mega Dens, and the pair realized they had a unique connection.
“I just seriously fell in like with carrying out this by putting my dwelling collectively and pushing the restrictions of what I could do,” Lil Jon tells The Hollywood Reporter. “In my property, I needed to make this 100-calendar year-outdated tequila bar. So I had to obtain somebody to determine out how to make the walls search like concrete that is crumbling a tiny little bit, like it is tremendous previous. And via doing the job with Anitra, we just figured out that we work seriously very well alongside one another, and Anitra’s partner, Adam, was like, ‘Y’all must genuinely do this with each other for authentic since y’all work so nicely with each other, and y’all both have truly great strategies.’ And so we ended up capturing a pilot, and a few yrs later, HGTV picked it up.”
Mecadon expects some viewers to truly feel stunned by how reserved and element-oriented Lil Jon can be, along with how thoughtful he is with the owners. The two Mecadon and Lil Jon attribute his time put in about the decades in many ritzy accommodations though touring with helping him hone his eye for developing a room.
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“Because he was so inventive, he’s naturally great in this earth,” Mecadon tells THR. “He did his exploration he was viewing the reveals he was earning what we phone inspiration boards and having notes. His spouse [Nicole] had a big binder, and he would mail me a barrage of like, ‘I saw this on Etsy.’ ‘I saw this on Pinterest.’ ‘I was below in Morocco.’ ‘I was below in Dubai.’ And I’m going, ‘Oh, my God.’ He has a vision, which is variety of uncommon.”
One perk of having Lil Jon’s aid in sprucing up your property is residing a little bit of the excellent everyday living with him, which involves the rapper having tequila shots with all the householders. “The tequila comes as a peace providing,” he points out. “We go on this journey, and it’s like, ‘Hey, belief us. Let us do this shot because we are in this alongside one another.’ It is sort of some thing to crack the stress of thinking about what is about to happen and how considerably you’re paying out and like, ‘Oh, my God, this is Lil Jon in my house — with any luck , this is correct.’ And we do that just about every episode — I make it a stage that we do a shot right before the occupation, and then proper in advance of the expose as like, ‘We created it to the finish line. Let us cheers to that.’ And to also thank the householders for trusting us with their spaces. You know, who does not wanna do a shot of tequila with me?”
Lil Jon is not letting go of his day position in the tunes industry whenever soon — he not too long ago collaborated with Daddy Yankee on the reggaeton performer’s most up-to-date album — but he also hopes to proceed obtaining much more concerned in Tv set. He was a standout on year 11 of The Apprentice back again in 2011 and later competed on the all-star version of the collection, and he suggests that demonstrate aided him verify to himself that he “can virtually do everything,” provided the complicated nature of the tasks. Approximately a ten years later on, he entertained Bachelor in Paradise viewers as a single of a number of guest hosts for the courting series.
“It was a insane year, and it was entertaining,” Lil Jon says about Paradise. “If they termed me back to do some much more things like that, I would surely do it. And it just was a actually great expertise since I experienced by no means truly stood on my own like that and hosted a clearly show, and I did a lot of the voiceover function. Definitely much more Tv for me.”
In the meantime, he’s energized for lovers to carry on learning more about who he is and how significantly he requires his get the job done. Moreover, he would make it very clear that he requires pride in understanding that all of the homeowners on the show appear to be to love the results. “People just appear at me as the crazy man screaming, but you can’t be like that all the time,” he states. “I’m not like that 24 hours a working day.”
Lil Jon Needs to Do What? airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on HGTV.
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