Tue 2 Sep 2014
Recently in NYC on a promo run introducing his new artist Royce Rizzy’s “Gah Damn” single, Jermaine Dupri spent some time with HOT 97′s own Juan Epstein. An in-depth 75-minute conversation, the legendary rapper/producer/entrepreneur spoke on his storied career which has spanned over two decades. Starting with the early days, Dupri spoke on his beginning as a break dancer, hitting the legendary Fresh Fest tour at a young age, the overnight success with Kris Kross’ 90s-hit “Jump,” discovering TLC before their first deal with LaFace Records, and fashion risks such as backwards clothing in the 90s.
The Grammy Award-winning producer would move further into the history of his So So Def label, discovering such acts like Da Brat, Jagged Edge, and Xscape. JD talks about his relationship with The Notorious B.I.G., love for battling as a DJ, creating “Money Ain’t a Thang” with Jay Z, and The Jacksons. Listen to the interview below and click here for Jermaine Dupri’s new single “Pull-Up” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Migos.
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