Lil Jon Net Worth 2022: Why He Was Held At The Vietnam Airport In 2019?

Lil Jon is an American rapper, DJ, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He became famous as the lead singer of the band Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz. Lil Jon was also one of the first people to make the kind of hip-hop music called “crunk.”

Early Life

Jonathan Mortimer Smith was born on January 27, 1971, in Atlanta, Georgia. This is where Lil Jon grew up. Jon grew up in Southwest Atlanta in a middle-class neighborhood. As an engineer, his dad worked for a company that made things for space and defense. His mother was a soldier. Jon is the oldest of five kids that his parents have.

Jon met Robert McDowell, Dwayne Searcy, and Vince Philips when he was in middle school. The four of them became friends for life. As kids, they loved to skateboard and worked at a shop called Skate Escape that sold skateboards and bikes near Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Jon is a DJ who taught himself how to do it by having parties in the basement of the house he grew up in. Jon and Searcy threw the parties, which became known as “Old E and Chicken Parties.” Jon went to high school at Fredrick Douglass. In high school, he was in the marching band.


Jon got a job at So So Def Recordings through Jermaine Dupri. From 1993 to 2000, Jon lived there. He started Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz in 1996. The band’s first single, “Who U Wit?” is said to have started the hip-hop subgenre called “crunk.” “Get Crunk, Who U Wit: Da Album,” the band’s first album, came out in 1997. Along with “Who U Wit,” “Shawty Freak a Lil Sumthin” was one of the singles from the album. Read about Tommy Davidson

The group put out “We Still Crunk!” in 2000. The song “I Like Dem Girlz” was the single from the album. The albums “Put Yo Hood Up,” “Kings of Crunk,” and “Crunk Juice” were all released by Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz between 2001 and 2004. In 2010, Lil Jon put out his first solo album, “Crunk Rock.”

“Get Low,” “Freek-a-Leek,” and “Yeah!” were all in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for Lil Jon. The Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance went to “Yeah!” Lil Jon and his friend Pitbull worked with DJ Snake to make “Turn Down for What,” which became a multiplatinum hit in 2013.

Lil Jon is still writing songs, and some of them are made to be used in TV shows or movies. Girls Trip (2017), Superfly (2018) and its Future-led soundtrack, The First Purge (2018), and Spies in Disguise (2018) are some of his best movies (2019).

Lil Jon has many other interests. He owns a business that makes the energy drink “Crunk,” a line of sunglasses made by Oakley, and a wine business that makes Merlot, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Personal Life

“Yey-ah” is one of Lil Jon’s most well-known phrases.

In 2004, Jon got married to Nicole. Nathan, who was born in 1998 and goes by the stage name DJ Young Slade, is their son. Since he was 11, Nathan has been a DJ. Jon has said that one of the best parts of his life is seeing how his son makes everything come full circle.

He follows all of Atlanta’s sports teams very closely. He also likes the University of Tennessee Volunteers, who changed the name of his hit song “Turn Down for What” to “Third Down for What” to play on third downs. He also likes the Las Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL. “Valiant,” the team’s 2019 documentary, has Jon in it.

Lil Jon is a big fan of education, especially for kids in poor countries who don’t have access to it. He has helped put money into two schools in Ghana. The first one opened in October 2017 and is a Kindergarten. The second one is a Primary School with more than 300 students.

Jon backs Barack Obama, who used to be president.

Jon, Killer Mike, and T.I., who all went to Atlanta’s Frederick Douglass High School, paid for the school’s marching band to go to New Orleans to take part in the Mardi Gras parade in 2018.

Why He Was Held At The Vietnam Airport?

In November 2019, Lil Jon was held at a Vietnam airport after a show at the Envy Nightclub in Saigon. Jon and his group went to the airport on November 16. Jon was stopped because he was wearing so much jewelry. Read about Devin Booker

The jewelry he was wearing was worth about $400,000! Authorities told Jon that he should have told them about all of the jewelry when he first came to the country and when he tried to leave. Jon asked for the U.S. Embassy to be called right away, and two people rushed to the airport to fix the problem. The Vietnamese government wanted to keep Jon’s jewelry so that it could be professionally appraised, but in the end, they let Jon and his jewelry go.

Lil Jon Net Worth

Lil Jon Net Worth is estimated to be around $30 Million in 2022. Lil Jon bought a house in Alpharetta, a suburb of Atlanta, for $1,225,000 in October 2005. The four-bedroom, six-bathroom house is 4,348 square feet.

In June 2020, Jon went on a joy ride through the streets of Ensenada with Alan Ampudia, who had won the Baja 1000 off-road race. Both men put on helmets in a safe way.

Jon took part in a virtual graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 in the L.A. Unified School District 2020, along with celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts, Senator Kamala Harris, and Governor Gavin Newsom.

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