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The date was December 18th, 2013, and dance music crossovers were becoming coming the way of the future. One producer who championed a prolific career off of this was the French artist DJ Snake. When he joined forces with legendary crunk rapper extraordinaire Lil Jon on the track "Turn Down for What," the two skyrocketed EDM to the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, a spot on which the genre had rarely been featured. Trap was in full force. 

"Turn Down for What" is everything a party song should be. It features call-to-action lyrics by Lil Jon (real name Jonathan Smith) shouting for everyone to "Fire up that loud, another round of shots" before breaking down into a wild trap drop that will get even the older generations to go absolutely insane. The music video, which has racked in over 900 million plays on YouTube, is the perfect imagery for the effect the track has on people. It brings out the true animal in us all. 

The longevity and mainstream notoriety of the track is still seen to this very day. "Turn Down For What" is the type of single that will continue to be blasted at clubs, corporate events and weddings for years to come. It was even featured in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. "Turn Down for What" became DJ Snake's (real name William Sami Étienne Grigahcine) first top ten rankings on Billboard's Hot 100 and Smith's ninth. It became the seventh best-selling song of 2014 in the U.S. with 3,449,000 copies sold for the year. This earned them both a 2014 MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction, a 2014 Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Song, and a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for Best Music Video amongst numerous other nominations. 

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