Lil Jon, whose strike 2003 one “Get Low” involves the line “To the window, to the wall,” is now investing his time pondering about, perfectly, people’s windows and walls.
The hip-hop persona, who has dabbled in Tv set more than the yrs, which includes a stint as a guest host on ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise final summer time, is now primary his have series. Premiering Monday, HGTV’s Lil Jon Wants to Do What? features the titular star and household layout qualified Anitra Mecadon doing work with property owners to update their abodes in unexpected means.
Lil Jon and Mecadon have been friends for five a long time, courting again to when the rapper was bingeing property-renovation shows when obtaining his have Atlanta pad set up next a plumbing difficulty. Lil Jon reached out to Mecadon for help with his put following examining out her Diy Network series Mega Dens, and the pair recognized they had a distinctive link.
“I just genuinely fell in enjoy with performing this by placing my residence collectively and pushing the limits of what I could do,” Lil Jon tells The Hollywood Reporter. “In my property, I required to generate this 100-12 months-previous tequila bar. So I had to come across an individual to figure out how to make the partitions appear like concrete that’s crumbling a little bit, like it’s tremendous aged. And as a result of operating with Anitra, we just figured out that we operate genuinely nicely together, and Anitra’s husband, Adam, was like, ‘Y’all need to actually do this collectively for authentic since y’all do the job so nicely alongside one another, and y’all both equally have really fantastic tips.’ And so we ended up taking pictures a pilot, and a pair yrs afterwards, HGTV picked it up.”
Mecadon expects some viewers to sense amazed by how reserved and detail-oriented Lil Jon can be, together with how thoughtful he is with the homeowners. Both Mecadon and Lil Jon attribute his time put in about the a long time in many ritzy inns whilst touring with aiding him hone his eye for creating a house.
“Because he was so inventive, he’s obviously superior in this world,” Mecadon tells THR. “He did his analysis he was looking at the demonstrates he was creating what we connect with inspiration boards and taking notes. His wife [Nicole] experienced a huge binder, and he would send out me a barrage of like, ‘I observed this on Etsy.’ ‘I observed this on Pinterest.’ ‘I was in this article in Morocco.’ ‘I was here in Dubai.’ And I’m going, ‘Oh, my God.’ He has a vision, which is sort of scarce.”
A person perk of owning Lil Jon’s help in sprucing up your residence is dwelling a little bit of the fantastic lifetime with him, which involves the rapper taking tequila pictures with all the house owners. “The tequila arrives as a peace giving,” he clarifies. “We go on this journey, and it is like, ‘Hey, belief us. Let’s do this shot simply because we are in this jointly.’ It is type of a thing to split the rigidity of thinking about what’s about to happen and how significantly you are expending and like, ‘Oh, my God, this is Lil Jon in my residence — ideally this is ideal.’ And we do that just about every episode — I make it a point that we do a shot prior to the task, and then appropriate in advance of the reveal as like, ‘We created it to the finish line. Let us cheers to that.’ And to also thank the owners for trusting us with their spaces. You know, who does not wanna do a shot of tequila with me?”
Lil Jon is not permitting go of his day task in the songs sector at any time shortly — he not long ago collaborated with Daddy Yankee on the reggaeton performer’s latest album — but he also hopes to continue acquiring extra concerned in Tv. He was a standout on time 11 of The Apprentice back in 2011 and later on competed on the all-star version of the collection, and he suggests that show served him confirm to himself that he “can pretty much do everything,” provided the hard character of the tasks. Roughly a ten years later on, he entertained Bachelor in Paradise viewers as one of quite a few guest hosts for the relationship sequence.
“It was a nuts time, and it was pleasurable,” Lil Jon states about Paradise. “If they known as me back to do some much more things like that, I would surely do it. And it just was a genuinely amazing expertise due to the fact I had in no way truly stood on my personal like that and hosted a present, and I did a great deal of the voiceover get the job done. Undoubtedly additional Television set for me.”
In the meantime, he’s energized for fans to keep on understanding extra about who he is and how critically he usually takes his operate. Additionally, he would make it apparent that he takes satisfaction in realizing that all of the homeowners on the display look to adore the final results. “People just glimpse at me as the crazy man screaming, but you simply cannot be like that all the time,” he says. “I’m not like that 24 hrs a working day.”
Lil Jon Wants to Do What? airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on HGTV.