Jermaine Dupri

Aug
17
Jay Z Celebrates Last ‘Legends’ Show with Rihanna, Justin Bieber, & Rick Ross

Jay Z, Rihanna, and Kevin Hart

Grand opening, grand closing. After playing arenas including Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, and the Rose Bowl, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake closed out their historic “Legends of the Summer” tour in Miami last night.

Mr. Carter was joined by some special guests on the stage and off the stage. The hip-hop mogul brought out Miami’s own Rick Ross at Sun Life Stadium to perform “F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit” for the first time together.

The star-studded crowd including LeBron James, Kevin Hart, and Teyana Taylor were seen dancing and rapping along to the Magna Carta… Holy Grail track.

After the show, Hov rode to Mansion nightclub with Justin Bieber and held court in VIP with Rihanna, Jermaine Dupri, Timbaland, and DJ Khaled.

“She. X The guys. #MiamiNights,” tweeted RiRi.

See photos from Friday’s finale below.

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May
9
Kris Kross’ Chris Kelly Remembered at Atlanta Funeral

Jermaine Dupri and Chris Smith

Kris Kross’ Chris Kelly was remembered as a true friend and hip-hop pioneer at a memorial in Atlanta on Thursday. His family and friends gathered to pay their respects to the 34-year-old rapper known as Mac Daddy, who died last week of an apparent drug overdose.

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May
2
Jermaine Dupri Remembers Kris Kross’ Chris Kelly

Kris Kross, Jermaine Dupri, and Da Brat

Following his sudden death on Wednesday, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly was remembered by many of his peers on Twitter. But few knew the 34-year-old Kris Kross rapper as well as Jermaine Dupri.

The So So Def mogul discovered 13-year-old Chris and his partner Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith at an Atlanta mall in 1991 and signed them to Ruffhouse Records. On Thursday, he posted a letter on his blog Global 14 remembering the “son he never had.”

“When I think about it, I spent more time with Chris and Chris than damn near anybody in my whole life, so you can imagine how bad this hurts,” wrote J.D., who produced Kris Kross’ mega-hit “Jump” as well as their three albums.

In February, J.D. brought Kris Kross together onstage at his 20th anniversary all-star concert in Atlanta to perform a medley of their greatest hits.

Read his touching tribute below.

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Apr
23
Rihanna Kicks It Backstage with T.I., Young Jeezy, & Ludacris in Atlanta

Rihanna and T.I.

Rihanna invaded Atlanta on her “Diamonds World Tour” last night and some famous fans were in the audience. T.I. and his wife Tiny kicked it backstage with the “Stay” singer, who just became the first artist in Billboard’s history to land 10 No. 1s on the Pop Songs radio airplay chart.

“Me & @badgalriri merkin shit back-stage after da #diamondsworldtour …. My lil patna gave it to dey ass tonight!!! Shawty #turnttodamax!!!! #dastrongway!!!!” tweeted the King.

Jermaine Dupri brought his daughter Shaniah (who also met A$AP Rocky), while Young Jeezy and Ludacris showed the pop princess some love.

After the concert at Philips Arena, RiRi hit up Magic City with Tiny and her girlfriends, throwing cash as strippers danced to “Pour It Up.”

See video from the girls’ night out below.

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Mar
20
Usher Reunites with Jermaine Dupri for New Album

Usher and Jermaine Dupri

Usher has been experimenting with different producers, but he’s returning to familiar territory. The R&B superstar is back in the studio with Jermaine Dupri working on his next album.

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Feb
24
Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Usher, Ludacris, & Nelly Salute So So Def at 20th Anniversary Concert

Jay-Z and J.D.

Everyone from Jay-Z to Mariah Carey came out to celebrate 20 years of hits at So So Def’s anniversary concert in Atlanta on Saturday night. So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri put on for his city at ATL’s Fox Theatre with a night full of stars and surprises. The historic event featured performances from past and present So So Def artists including Bow Wow, Da Brat, Anthony Hamilton, Dondria, Jagged Edge, Xscape, and more.

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Feb
23
Kriss Kross, Da Brat, & Xscape Rehearse for So So Def 20th Anniversary Concert

Usher and J.D.

Jermaine Dupri will celebrate 20 years of So So Def with a star-studded concert tonight at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. With hours to go until the big show, the So So Def boss shares rehearsal footage starring some of the artists on the bill.

Da Brat and J.D. trade rhymes on “That’s What I’m Looking For,” while Kriss Kross reprises their ’90s classic “Jump.” R&B supergroups Xscape and Jagged Edge also tinker with their performances in the behind-the-scenes footage.

Saturday’s star-studded lineup features past and present So So Def artists including Bow Wow, Bonecrusher, Dondria, and Anthony Hamilton, plus Nelly, Ludacris, and Usher.

If that wasn’t enough, Mariah Carey and Jay-Z are rumored to be participating in the festivities. Get a sneak peek at what you can expect and check out our interview with J.D.

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