Lil Jon appeared at EB Games in Los Angeles’ West Side Pavilion mall on Tuesday (February 27) to compete in a gaming tournament for “Def Jam: Icon.”
The rapper played two matches against a gamer, who was playing for a chance to win a trip to New York to compete in the tournament’s finale during the official launch party for the game.
Jon played as himself in “Def Jam: Icon” on the Xbox 360 console against the gamer who chose Young Jeezy. During the two round tourney, the rapper/producer seemed to win with ease, sweeping the mini-tourney during both matches, while yelling taunts and proclaiming his gaming skill.
“Who’s next to get they ass whipped?” Jon asked to a crowd of spectators, who watched and snapped photos while he played.
“It was great,” Lil Jon told BallerStatus.com, immediately after winning. “I give the kid credit, he was good, but I was just better.”
Before leaving, Jon signed autographs and took pictures with countless kids who waited in line to see the rapper.
The GameStop sponsored tourney launched in Atlanta early this February with Fat Joe leading the way, while Young Jeezy appeared during the Chicago event. The Los Angeles stop will be the last before it heads back to New York with Jim Jones for the last of the tournaments.
Before heading to EB Games location in L.A., BallerStatus and Lil Jon lounged in a plush suite at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills to get a first preview of the game, where the rapper revealed how he got down with the EA and Def Jam Interactive.
“I told Kevin Liles on the last game, ‘Man, you supposed to have me in the damn game, dog. You didn’t put me in the game.’ So, he made the point, when they did the new game to put me in the game,” Jon explained.
As Jon got his first chance to actually play the game, he was in awe of how it well it was put together — everything from the music to the way the characters move, as well as the in-game celebrity fighters’ trash talk was pristine.
“When you play the game, you don’t even have to talk sh**, the characters talk sh** on their own,” the rapper explained. “My character be talking hella sh** and it really sound like me. It’s me. It looks like me, from the shoes to the dreads.”
Gaming is a big part of hip-hop. Everyone from Krayzie Bone to Snoop Dogg has been involved heavily in various gaming functions, and Lil Jon is no different.
“We game a lot, we trash talk on ‘Madden’,” said Jon, but says “Def Jam: Icon” may be the new trash talking game for him and the homies.
“Def Jam: Icon” follows up Def Jam Interactive and EA’s two previous titles, “Def Jam Vendetta” and “Def Jam: Fight for NY,” both of which were very successful, but is the first release on the next gen consoles, Xbox 360 and PS3.
“It’s no comparison. This new version, the music is crazy incorporated throughout. It’s a major part of the damn game,” said Lil Jon.
The new version features an all-star cast and a soundtrack of hip-hop hits as players live out the life of a hip-hop mogul, fighting all the way from industry outsider to hip-hop icon.
The roster spans the spectrum of music superstars such as Big Boi and Redman to industry legends including Russell Simmons and Kevin Liles.
Other playable characters include Jim Jones, Sticky Fingaz, E-40, The Game Melyssa Ford, Sean Paul and Ludacris, among many others.
It is slated to hit stores throughout the nation on March 6th.