Jermaine Dupri Confirms "the Money is not A Thang" Is His Best Work
#DXCLUSIVE: The so so Def mogul says it was JAY-Z is the same consolidated that fact.
It is a rarity that the legends of Hip Hop come to the experience of his jersey being hoisted into the proverbial rafters, but such is the case of Jermaine Dupri.
The superstar rapper that has done an impressive job of creating the hits of superstars (Mariah Carey, Usher and Janet Jackson, just to literally name a few), is being forced to bask in their own achievements in the wake of being honored by the upcoming Global Spin Awards and an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In a recent interview with HipHopDX, Dupri, of 45 years, spoke about his first memories of his now 25-year-old so so Def imprint, and how JAY-Z was thoroughly impressed with his "Money is not A Thang" bars when he murdered all the track again in 1998.
"My first memory of so so Def] is to have money to start a business, and you don't even know where to start," Dupri recalled. "So I hired Lil Jon as my A&R, right? And I don't really need an a&R, and you know that was only one thing to do, because that was what was in the making of having a record label. So there was this club I used to go and Lil Jon was the only DJ that I actually knew that I was in the clubs. It was very interesting, because I was too young to enter clubs, but they let me in this club, and Jon was the DJ that, basically, I got used to talking and blah blah blah. And I walked up to him and I said, 'I want you to the a&R for my record company.' And he was like, 'What the heck is an A&R?' You know, this is like super early, and what I think about the opening of the first office, which is what it was."
The hit record magnet of a label showed the talent of Da Brat (the first solo female rapper to land a disc of platinum), Kris Kross (a boy of duo, that showed that they could hang with the adults), and R&B/Soul singers Anthony Hamilton and Jagged Edge. Despite their popularity for his own solo successes, such as the already mentioned "Money is not a Thang" and the Ludacris-assisted "Welcome to Atlant