Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Trillville and Lil Scrappy 

The King of Crunk & BME Recordings Present Trillville & Lil Scrappy (Warner Bros.)

Combining two artists' debuts into one release was sensible marketing for Lil Jon, who sought to bring out further evidence of the young crunk culture of Atlanta. But the maneuver almost begged for competition between Lil Scrappy and the trio Trillville, even though both received the benefit of Jon at the helm. It didn't take long before both sides' dissension and frustration at being lumped together in one package bubbled up through the underground hip-hop press.

Trillville brings a sinister quality to its crunk offerings, which Lil Jon readily matches with minor-key warbles and extra-snarly growls. The trio's single with Jon and Lil Scrappy, "Neva Eva," is catchy enough, but unfortunately, there aren't many others on the disc. What's ultimately missing is sex appeal; there's not much here for the ladies.

Lil Scrappy has more energy than Trillville's three members combined. When his half of the disc starts up with "Crank It," he turns it out like a skilled DJ, with the club bangers "Head Bussa" and "No Problem." Switching from adorable to menacing with the briefest change of expression puts him in good stride with the ladies and the thugs.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

More by Tamara Palmer

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays