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Lil Jon feted by Decatur charity United Methodist Children’s Home

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CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

The two metro Atlanta representatives on “Celebrity Apprentice” this year were a study in contrasts. NeNe Leakes manufactured drama with half the cast, revealing her deep insecurities at every turn. She lost both challenges in which she was project manager. He charity got nada. Then she quit.

Lil Jon, the rap star, showed maturity, intelligence and teamwork. Sure, he got sick of Gary Busey but who didn’t? On the show, when he made the final four, he was honest to a fault when asked whether he should win the competition (John Rich or Marlee Matlin, not him). Donald Trump “fired” him.

But winning two challenges as project manager, he won $80,000 for the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur, which has helped foster kids for 140 years. The home feted him under a tent Tuesday morning with his family and DeKalb County politicians on the dais. His brother Chris wore an oversized face mask of Lil Jon and entered first to cheers while one of Lil Jon’s hit songs “Yeah,” played.  Lil Jon himself sat with his wife Nicole and 13-year-old son Nathan, who resembled him with the sunglasses and dreads.

Lil Jon with his son Nathan and wife Nicole.

Lil Jon with his son Nathan and wife Nicole.

During a press conference, Lil Jon noted how tiring the competition was, how it was the most difficult thing he’s ever done. Yet he was proud that he was able to dispel rapper stereotypes. He is thrilled that folks who might have been scared of him a few months ago now come up to him in airports and restaurants to say how much they liked him.

And unknown to most, Lil Jon has known winner John Rich for many years. They met at an awards show years ago, connected and have recorded music together and hung out together. They decided to hide their prior friendship while on “Apprentice” to keep others from being wary of the alliance.  He’d love to do a reality show with Rich, an unusual hip-hop and country combo.

A Thrashers fan, he did say any rumors of him trying to buy the team were false. He doesn’t have the spare millions.

Here’s a quick interview I did with him after the presentation where he laments the loss of the Thrashers, has no regrets over what he told past winners why he didn’t think he deserved to win and says a reality show with him and John Rich is still in the early planning stages.

16 comments Add your comment

WHY??????

May 25th, 2011
8:05 am

Great job, Jon. And I love the Crunk Juce…

jarvis

May 25th, 2011
8:35 am

Seems like a good dude.

carlaroqs

May 25th, 2011
8:38 am

nice column, rodney. am totally impressed with lil jon-yeahhhhhhhhhhh.
hilarious that they hid their alliance– lmcbo. great that the charity appreciated his efforts and also that he was able to raise money for him.

levelhead

May 25th, 2011
8:39 am

carlaroqs

May 25th, 2011
9:15 am

sorry, raise money for them.

meyouand she

May 25th, 2011
9:20 am

Great job Lil John!!!! Nene Leakes with all that mouth you couldn’t even collect a dollar for your charity. A good honest person that truly loved that charity would have given from their own pockets. What happened big mouth. I guess when you are the abuser and everyone knows it; its kind of hard to get a donation. You ain’t good for nothing but a stripper pole and verbal abusing someone.

cath3925

May 25th, 2011
11:56 am

LiL John has class. He is very talented and very intelligent.

Harry "HarryO" McLoud

May 25th, 2011
12:25 pm

Lil John was awesome on the show and showed a GREAT deal of integrity and intelligence, among other things…if anyone reading this knows Lil Jon and can get in touch with him for me, tell him to contact the United Childrens Methodist Home about the email I sent there today for him.. let’s hook up, Bro. (http://www.thec-dubproject.com/)

Harry "HarryO" McLoud

May 25th, 2011
12:37 pm

whatdoiknow

May 25th, 2011
12:51 pm

Worthy cause for a great organization.

Rodney, did you finally get the PornWorm off your computer? Do you really dig chicks or is that just your cover?

Reality

May 25th, 2011
2:29 pm

Does he always wear sun glasses? I wouldn’t be surprised if takes a shower in them and sleeps with them on.

baloneyeeeezzzz

May 25th, 2011
4:18 pm

Why do all these rapper type fellows always look mad when they have a picture taken? With as much money as they make they should be laughing all the way to the bank. Is it because they are angry that they can’t play an instrument or even sign? Yo yall, I’m out! O-U-T that I mean to me.

Pelvis Messley

May 25th, 2011
7:29 pm

Glad to see Lil John did so well on the show and for his charity.

Just Sayin'

May 26th, 2011
9:07 pm

I did not know Lil Jon or John Rich before Celebrity Apprentice. Each week I came to “know them” better and saw what great respect they had for one another as well as the others on the show. Lil Jon is a class act and it was so great he was able to raise so much money for his charity. He represented Atlanta and himself very well. Well done Lil Jon, you have a new fan!

Pebblebeach

May 27th, 2011
10:57 am

Great job Lil Jon…much respect…

Pamela

May 31st, 2011
6:40 pm

Great job Lil Jon!! Kudos to you for representing in more ways than one.
keep up the great work.