In person, rapper Lil Jon is more sensitive than you might think. At the Television Critics Association winter press tour, he showed up wearing sunglasses and flashing a mouth full of gold and diamonds, looking all flash and cool.
But the 41-year-old performer revealed a surprising soft side when he explained it was his mom who inspired him to compete again in the “All Star Celebrity Apprentice,” which returns March 3 with celebrities LaToya Jackson, Trace Adkins, Marilu Henner, Gary Busey, Dennis Rodman, and others playing to raise money for a charity of their choice.
“I said on the finale, I’m like, ‘Hell, no, I’m not coming back,'” he explained. “And then while I was thinking about it, my mother had a stroke, and my mother has had diabetes, like, all her life, but I thought her diabetes was in remission. … So it made me say, “You know what? Maybe I should go back to help bring awareness for friends and family of people with diabetes.”
“And then I also saw a documentary with Tribe Called Quest, and in the documentary one of the guys in the group, Phife, he has diabetes, and, you know, I’m a fan of Tribe Called Quest. I know Phife, and his struggle was he wasn’t taking care of himself while they were doing their thing in hip hop,” he said. “He lost a kidney, and his wife had to give him one of her kidneys. So those two things touched me, and it made me say, ‘You know what? I can come back and compete and help bring awareness for this disease.'”
According to Donald Trump, the new season is “going to be huge.”