Turn Down For What

Album: Single Release Only (2013)
Charted: 23 4
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Songfacts®:

  • William Grigahcine is a French DJ and producer whose stage name is DJ Snake. He has collaborated with an eclectic collection of artists including Diddy, Pitbull, Tyrese, and T-Pain, but is best known for his production work with Lady Gaga. Snake worked on "Government Hooker," which was voted best song by Gaga's fans after the release of Born This Way. He also contributed towards the Artpop singles, "Applause" and "Do What U Want."
  • This collaboration with the King of Crunk, Lil Jon, became Snake's first US Top 40 hit under his own name. It was brought to many people's attention after featuring in a RadioShack commercial promoting Sol Replic and Motorola's DECK wireless speakers.
  • This was Lil Jon's first appearance in the Hot 100's Top 40 since he was one of the featured performers on Jay Sean's 2009 hit, "Do You Remember."
  • Lil Jon explained the song title: "When DJ Snake sent me the track with a sample of Redman saying 'bang the underground,' he wanted me to redo it with my voice. When I heard the song I was like this beat is too crazy for that sample. I wanted to make it hip and current and the first thing that came to mind was the phrase 'Turn Down For What!'"
  • The bizarre music video stars Daniel Kwan, who is part of the directing team the Daniels, which put the clip together. The Daniels have also worked with Foster the Beat filming their visuals for "Houdini" and "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)." Kwan told Billboard magazine : "The idea was a guy humping his way through a building. Each floor would have its own series of gags."
  • Lil Jon told Billboard magazine why he feels the track has proved to be so popular. "The genre of the song is dance, but it's really a hip-hop beat," he explained. "It captures a moment with people - they listen to the song, and no matter what they're doing, it pushes them to do something. If you're in the gym and it comes on, it's like, why are you going to stop? Work out harder! If you're out partying and the song comes on, it's like, let's have another shot!"
  • When Rolling Stone asked Lil Jon if there's anything he would turn down for, the rapper listed two things: sleep and the police.
  • This was the only hit song of its time with a chorus, but no verses. The structure of the song is: chours-break-chorus-break-chorus-break.

Comments: 3

  • Siahara Shyne Carter from United StatesThe bass on it is not hard and I love it it blends You can still hear the cute sound and Turn down for what! in the music [hehehehe]
  • Siahara Shyne from UsYeees I'm playing it now!
  • Sierra from Kane, IlI love this song it has really cool beats to it.
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