Lil Jon 'Crunk' mates: Ice Cube, Ciara


NEW YORK -- P.O.D., Kid Rock, Ciara, Ice Cube, and R. Kelly are among the stars lining up to guest on Lil Jon's upcoming hip-hop/rock hybrid, "Crunk Rock." The artist hopes to release the TVT set before the end of the year, but a date has yet to be confirmed.

"I worked with the guitar player from P.O.D., Marcos, a punk band called Whole Wheat Bread from Jacksonville, Fla., Kid Rock and a few others," Lil Jon said. "My shit is real rock guitars with my beats, not keyboard guitars with ghetto beats. It's gonna be a little different from what you hear right now, but I think everyone will love it."

The half rock, half hip-hop set will also feature Remy Ma, Lil Wayne, the Game, Gucci Mane, Fabo from D4L and Three 6 Mafia.

As far as other rap groups using rock elements in their music recently, Jon says he's pleased that they can open their minds up to rock. "I've been doing crunk rock for the past two years," he said. "I did a street record with Three 6 Mafia in October where I say 'Party like a rock star, fuck like a porn star.' Now everybody wants to be a rock star 'cause it's cool."

"One thing I like is people are opening (our) ears to the music, 'cause (we) tend to be closed-minded to shit we don't know about," he continued. "It might make a motherfucker that don't listen to rock go listen to some Guns N' Roses."