December 2, 2023


A Home Grown Success

Lil Jon Talks HGTV’s House-Renovation Show ‘Lil Jon Would like to Do What?’ – The Hollywood Reporter

Lil Jon, whose hit 2003 solitary “Get Low” incorporates the line “To the window, to the wall,” is now spending his time imagining about, properly, people’s home windows and walls.

The hip-hop personality, who has dabbled in Television set about the many years, which include a stint as a guest host on ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise last summer season, is now primary his own series. Premiering Monday, HGTV’s Lil Jon Would like to Do What? attributes the titular star and residence layout professional Anitra Mecadon working with property owners to update their abodes in unanticipated ways.

Lil Jon and Mecadon have been mates for five several years, dating back to when the rapper was bingeing residence-renovation displays even though acquiring his have Atlanta pad fastened up adhering to a plumbing concern. Lil Jon attained out to Mecadon for enable with his spot following examining out her Do-it-yourself Network series Mega Dens, and the pair recognized they had a special connection.

“I just actually fell in like with doing this by putting my dwelling jointly and pushing the limitations of what I could do,” Lil Jon tells The Hollywood Reporter. “In my dwelling, I wished to make this 100-year-previous tequila bar. So I experienced to come across an individual to figure out how to make the partitions seem like concrete which is crumbling a tiny bit, like it is super old. And as a result of operating with Anitra, we just figured out that we work really effectively with each other, and Anitra’s partner, Adam, was like, ‘Y’all need to definitely do this with each other for serious mainly because y’all get the job done so perfectly jointly, and y’all the two have truly good strategies.’ And so we finished up taking pictures a pilot, and a few many years afterwards, HGTV picked it up.”

Mecadon expects some viewers to really feel stunned by how reserved and element-oriented Lil Jon can be, together with how thoughtful he is with the house owners. Both Mecadon and Lil Jon attribute his time put in around the decades in innumerable ritzy motels when touring with serving to him hone his eye for creating a house.

Anitra Mecadon and Lil Jon on HGTV’s Lil Jon Needs to Do What?
Courtesy of Discovery

“Because he was so resourceful, he’s the natural way fantastic in this planet,” Mecadon tells THR. “He did his exploration he was observing the exhibits he was creating what we phone inspiration boards and taking notes. His wife [Nicole] experienced a big binder, and he would deliver me a barrage of like, ‘I saw this on Etsy.’ ‘I observed this on Pinterest.’ ‘I was listed here in Morocco.’ ‘I was in this article in Dubai.’ And I’m heading, ‘Oh, my God.’ He has a vision, which is type of uncommon.”

A single perk of owning Lil Jon’s assist in sprucing up your home is dwelling a little bit of the very good lifetime with him, which features the rapper taking tequila pictures with all the householders. “The tequila will come as a peace presenting,” he points out. “We go on this journey, and it is like, ‘Hey, rely on us. Let us do this shot mainly because we are in this collectively.’ It’s type of some thing to crack the stress of thinking about what is about to take place and how considerably you’re expending and like, ‘Oh, my God, this is Lil Jon in my home — hopefully this is appropriate.’ And we do that just about every episode — I make it a issue that we do a shot before the occupation, and then right just before the expose as like, ‘We manufactured it to the finish line. Let’s cheers to that.’ And to also thank the home owners for trusting us with their areas. You know, who does not wanna do a shot of tequila with me?”

Lil Jon is not letting go of his working day career in the songs field at any time before long — he just lately collaborated with Daddy Yankee on the reggaeton performer’s hottest album — but he also hopes to go on finding additional associated in Television set. He was a standout on time 11 of The Apprentice back in 2011 and later on competed on the all-star edition of the collection, and he claims that present assisted him verify to himself that he “can pretty much do nearly anything,” offered the hard nature of the responsibilities. Roughly a decade afterwards, he entertained Bachelor in Paradise viewers as one particular of various visitor hosts for the courting collection.

“It was a mad period, and it was entertaining,” Lil Jon claims about Paradise. “If they identified as me back to do some much more things like that, I would definitely do it. And it just was a seriously great experience since I experienced by no means really stood on my individual like that and hosted a clearly show, and I did a great deal of the voiceover perform. Absolutely additional Tv for me.”

In the meantime, he’s fired up for followers to proceed finding out additional about who he is and how very seriously he requires his do the job. In addition, he would make it apparent that he requires pride in being aware of that all of the householders on the present seem to be to love the final results. “People just search at me as the mad person screaming, but you cannot be like that all the time,” he claims. “I’m not like that 24 hrs a working day.”

Lil Jon Desires to Do What? airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on HGTV.