Lil Jon, the boisterous DJ, producer, and general purveyor of crunkness, is turning up for education in underprivileged areas.
In October, Mr. Jon teamed up with Pencils of Promise to open a school in Ghana. The Abomayaw D.A. Kindergarten was dedicated to Jon’s late mother.
Now, Lil Jon has opened up a second school, Mafi Atitekpo DA Primary School, in the same village of Mafi Atitekpo. According to CNN, the school will enroll 313 children.
Jon told CNN about his passion for education:
“I’m all about helping children. Children are our future and every child deserves to have an environment where they can learn and flourish and gain knowledge.”
And Lil Jon further explained that when he saw the conditions kids in Ghana faced, he was motivated to help,
“When I saw the conditions where these children were trying to learn, one community they had a big mango tree and two classes were sitting under the mango tree and that’s not a condition conducive with learning. Kids are going to get distracted, plus it’s extremely hot. It compelled me to want to do more.”
Lil Jon understands that any child has the potential for greatness, and most of the time circumstances out of kids’ control have far too much impact on their futures.
The “Get Low” artist told CNN:
“Children shouldn’t have to suffer for any reason. One of these kids could grow up to be a scientist, a lawyer, an astronaut, the president of their country. I could create an environment where all these things could happen.”
This is pretty awesome from Lil Jon. After years of making grimy-ass club hits, Jon receded from the spotlight to do this important work. Makes you think, maybe Dave Chappelle’s Lil Jon impression was slightly prophetic.
Shoutout Lil Jon.
*Puts on “Salt Shaker” for eternity.*