Lil Jon Speaks at Oxford University on Politics, Race & The East Side Boyz

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Lil Jon speaks to students in Exeter College on May 11, 2015 in Oxford, England. Invited by The Oxford Guild, a business society at Oxford University, Lil Jon spoke to students, answering questions on rap music, his influences and the energy of his vibe.

Lil Jon was invited to speak at Oxford University's Oxford Guild Monday and graced his audience with wisdom on issues like race in America, his musical craft and the media. While Jon may not have been quite as educational a speaker as Kanye West was in March, as The Independent points out, it seems he carried his own swagger just fine -- even if the whole thing came as a big surprise to him. 

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"I thought it was a joke," he said about being asked to speak to the Oxford Guild. "'Am I being catfished?' I was kind of speechless after I realized it was real. Thank you for having me, this is great. I've never been to a college and spoke."

Jon said of President Obama's administration, "I think Obama's done a great job. It takes time to restore an old historic car -- you can't just do it overnight. That's how I look at the administration that came before Obama. He put a new engine in it, he put some new rims, got a paint job. He's criticized, and at the end of today it's because he's black. The numbers don't lie -- unemployment is down, Obamacare is a great thing. I think  Hillary is about it for 2016."

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He also spoke out against reality shows when asked the reputation they're giving his hometown of Atlanta, he said, "I hate them shows.... They're not real. I can't understand why people watch them. People are acting wild and crazy. I don't like the way it represents black folks in general."

But, perhaps most importantly, he was asked what the East Side Boyz are doing nowadays after the two parties put out "Get Low" together in 2003. His answer: "I have no idea, dawg."


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