Pitbull and Lil Jon Lead a Zumba Class! (Yikes)
The crowd: A sea of hip shaking, dance enthusiasts. Average age: 28.2. Average audience member apparel color: purple. Average income: under $30,000.
Personal bias: I do not have a degree in statistics
Random notebook dump:I spoke to Lil' Jon twice. The first was in the hotel bar.
"Does always wearing sunglasses indoors hurt your eyes?"
"Does your heavy chain hurt your neck, and if so do you do any exercises for it?"
I asked him some other questions he wasn't too excited about, and then his big bodyguard flexed, looked down at me like a well-armed hunter about to shoot a fox, so I clinked glasses with the star and took my exit.
Upstairs on the red carpet I got a chance to learn more. The bodyguards were gone, replaced by the PR. Jon says he's stayed in the game so long because he's "open minded," and makes music he enjoys.
And these days he listens to a lot of Rihanna, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar and Meek Mills. He talked about Rihanna a lot. Jon only drinks Don Julio 1942 or '70. Up close, his diamond crusted fronts glistened in the camera light. "How much did those cost," I asked. "I don't know, probably a lot. I didn't pay for it," he said.
And just so ya know: The man hates it when you ask him to say "Yeah," or "What." So if you see him don't ask, because when you guilt him into saying it, it's going to be very low-key.
And, last question: "Why did you get involved with Zumba?"
Because it helps women "have a good time and lose weight."