‘Lil Jon Wants to Do What?’ — His reputation precedes him

Rapper turns home designer in HGTV/discovery+ series

Lil Jon of ‘Lil Jon Wants to Do What?’ on HGTV and discovery+

Q: How did you transfer your artistic ability from music to designing interiors?

A: Well, the way I look at it is for me, it’s like when you go in the studio and people kind of just let ideas flow. That’s how my design style is. … People’s homes talk to me, you know? Items in places talk to me, so the home would lend itself to where the design goes. And I got into design because I had a flood in my house. …

We had a flood on the top level of the house, and it flooded all the way to the bottom, of course, so we had to gut the house. I went through three contractors and in the middle of all of that, I met Anitra (Mecadon, his co-star) — ’cause I really liked her design and her style. And having to do my house, it made me really fall in love with design. And Anitra’s coaching, as well, saying, “You know, you really got an eye for this. You could do this.” And I got into it, and here we are today.

Q: What challenges did you have while working with families who might recognize you or know your background in music?

A: It didn’t provide any challenges because if you’re going to let a stranger come in and work in your house, you might want to know a little something about him. I think it made people more gung-ho about letting us do the work.

I don’t have a resume of stuff they can look at but they like me as an artist. They like my music, and when they meet me, they feel a good vibe or got a good vibe, and I think they’re like, OK, let’s do this. So it didn’t provide any challenges whatsoever.  … And it’s bragging rights. You can be like, “Lil Jon did my basement” or “Lil Jon did my kitchen.” That’s bragging rights.

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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