Retrospective: The Crunk Music Era

By @TrueGodImmortal 

Once upon a time, music had true balance. While Nas and Jay held down NY, we had gritty music from Mobb Deep, D-Block, Dipset, as well as the pop music style of a Nelly, Chingy, and such. You had variety to choose from it seemed as a fan. While some purists hated the diversity in the music at the time, many of us loved it and partied to it of course. For those who lived this era and went through it, there are some particular artists that come to mind when talking crunk:

Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz
Ying Yang Twins
Lil Scrappy
Crime Mob

The list goes on and on. While one could reflect the music in Atlanta throughout the late 90s as a part of the era, the true beginning started around 2001-2002, when things began to take off. The Crunk movement was full of energy, aggression, and catchy chanted hooks. Dominated mostly by the south, Crunk music could incite a riot, start a fight, get you close to some cutty or even amp you up for a workout. What are some of the best Crunk songs from that era, you ask?

*Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz featuring Ludacris, Too Short, and Chyna White- Bia Bia

-This could be seen as one of the first huge crunk songs, as it put Jon and the Boyz on the map definitely. The guest stars only added to the already hype atmosphere within the song.

*Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz featuring Pastor Troy- Throw It Up

-When speaking of songs that could truly incite riots, this one definitely comes to mind. Energy is off the chart.

*Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz featuring Jadakiss and Styles P- Knockin' Heads Off

-This song was a definite party starter(or ender depending on where you were).

*Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins- Get Low

-When this song drops in the clubs, it's a wrap. Still to this day. Watch how many women begin to twerk gloriously or just drop it down low.

*Bone Crusher feat Killer Mike and T.I.- Never Scared

-This is one track that wasn't produced by Lil Jon or featured him, but was still just as crunk. This is a classic Crunk track.

*Ying Yang Twins featuring Lil Jon- Salt Shaker

-The continuation of Get Low to an extent, this song was another that kept the clubs live.

*Youngbloodz- Damn!

-My personal favorite crunk song. When the hook dropped, we couldn't help but hit the A-Town stomp. Classic.

*Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz featuring Bohagon- Get Crunk

-This is definitely my 2nd favorite all time crunk track. The beat is sinister, but so live that it makes you lose your mind. Bohagon definitely does his thing here too.

*Crime Mob- Knuck If You Buck

-This is the essential Crunk track to me. From the moment this song starts, expect to see multiple fights and tons of bodies.

*Crime Mob- I'll Beat Yo Azz

-The title is self explanatory. High energy, aggressive, chanting hook... Its everything crunk should be. A case could be made for the Crime Mob tracks "Stilettos" and "Rock Ya Hips" as well.

*Lil Scrappy- No Problem

-Scrappy came onto the scene making a name for himself with this very track. The infectious beat, hook and bridge make for one of the most solid crunk tracks.

*Lil Scrappy- F.I.L.A.

-My all time favorite Scrappy track, this song rattles trunks still to this day.

*Trillville featuring Lil Scrappy and Lil Jon- Neva Eva

-"Bitch nigga you could neva eva... Neva eva..." says it all. The hook was so infectious and the energy through the roof.

*Lil Scrappy- Head Bussa

-Another track that was the cause of many fights starting. Trust me, I was involved in some of them.

*Trillville- Some Cut

-This is considered more smooth crunk than anything but still a classic crunk track.

*Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz featuring Lil Scrappy- What U Gon Do

-Off the album "Crunk Juice", this is another track that incites a riot and gets elbow thrown.

There are quite a few Crunk classics that were omitted from this list, and while some would argue that Three 6 Mafia and Pastor Troy should be featured more here, the timeline for the true era is 2002-2004/2005, and that's what we covered here. Have other songs to include? Put them in the comments below. Long Live Crunk!



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