Jermaine Dupri

Jul
6
Rap-Up TV: Jermaine Dupri Hosts Austin Brown Listening Party

The liquor was flowing, the sun was shining, and the music was pumping as Jermaine Dupri hosted a listening party for rising star Austin Brown at the El Cartel Tequila mansion in the Hollywood Hills during BET Awards weekend.

The nephew of the late King of Pop previewed music from his upcoming debut Highway 85 including his single “Menage a Trois” as celebrities such as Melody Thornton, Too $hort, and Evan Ross stopped by the poolside soiree.

“He has a fresh new look to this music scene and I think that’s what we need out here,” J.D. told Rap-Up TV of the 26-year-old singer, who he manages.

Brown has worked with Rodney Jerkins, Q-Tip, Ryan Tedder, and Pharrell on his album, and maintains a close relationship with his aunt Janet Jackson, who he calls his best friend. “She’s the one who gives me the most advice,” he said of the pop icon, who introduced him to A Tribe Called Quest.

Jun
22
Leah LaBelle Visits ‘106 & Park’ with Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri

Jermaine Dupri, Leah LaBelle, and Pharrell

Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri stopped by “106 & Park” on Friday to introduce their new artist Leah LaBelle. The Seattle songstress, who Pharrell discovered on YouTube, dished about her street chic look, sweet talking her way into an N.E.R.D. show to meet The Neptunes hitmaker, and her 16 tattoos.

She also dropped off the video for her debut single “Sexify.” “We wrote it based on Cosmopolitan cover titles, so it’s very girl-friendly, fun,” explained Leah. “The video’s a day in the life of a girl getting ready for a night out with your boy, your girls, or yourself.”

Justin Bieber even made a surprise appearance, offering some advice to Leah. “Make sure to keep family and friends really close to you because at the end of the day, those are the people that are gonna keep you grounded,” he said.

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May
10
Rap-Up TV: Behind the Scenes of Leah LaBelle’s ‘Sexify’ Video

You’ve seen the sexy video. Now Leah LaBelle takes Rap-Up TV behind the scenes of her debut single “Sexify,” with cameos from JoJo and her mentors Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri.

The Seattle songstress was discovered by The Neptunes producer through the Internet. “I connected with Pharrell and J.D. off of the strength of my YouTube videos,” said the former “American Idol” contestant. “Pharrell actually came across my videos two years ago and he felt at one point it was the right time. He reached out to me and showed my video to J.D. and they collectively decided to do the project.”

In addition to the hip-hop hitmakers, she is working closely with L.A. Reid on her I-Am-Other/So So Def/Epic Records debut, due out late summer/early fall. “He’s been an amazing person in my corner and somebody that I’ve learned from,” said Leah.

May
9
Video: Leah LaBelle – ‘Sexify’

Leah LaBelle

Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri’s protégée Leah LaBelle makes her introduction in the colorful video for her debut single “Sexify,” directed by Sarah Chatfield. When her girlfriends need relationship advice, they dial up Leah, who tells them how to spice things up in the bedroom. Her phone never stops ringing, whether she’s in the bathttub or going through her wardrobe.

Skateboard P makes a cameo as a pizza delivery boy and J.D. plays the angry landlord, who comes knocking at her door to tell her to turn down the music. In the end, she meets up with her girlfriends including JoJo for a pizza party.

The “American Idol” alum will release her debut in late summer/early fall on I-Am-Other/So So Def/Epic Records. Preview five tracks from the album including “So Hot,” “Make Me Get Up,” “What Do We Got Lose,” and “Mr. Scissors.”

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May
1
Leah LaBelle Previews 5 Tracks Off Debut Album

Leah LaBelle

Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri’s protégée Leah LaBelle gives us a taste of her upcoming I Am Other/So So Def/Epic Records debut with a 5-track album sampler. In addition to the seductive single “Sexify,” the former “American Idol” contestant captivates as she coos over beats by her hitmaking mentors. Play and replay the five cuts including “So Hot,” “Make Me Get Up,” “What Do We Got Lose,” and “Mr. Scissors.”

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Apr
19
Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri, & Mariah Carey Welcome Leah LaBelle to NYC

Pharrell, Leah LaBelle, L.A. Reid, Mariah Carey, and J.D.

Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri hosted a coming out party to welcome their new artist Leah LaBelle to New York City last night. Mariah Carey and L.A. Reid showed their support for the Seattle singer, who will release her debut album on I Am Other/So So Def/Epic Records.

Guests dined on crispy rice cakes and herb roasted branzino at seafood restaurant Catch, while catching up with the Season 3 “American Idol” contestant.

“An EPIC moment at my dinner tonight,” tweeted Leah, whose debut single “Sexify” was produced by Pharrell. “I can’t even express my joy.”

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Mar
26
Leah LaBelle Shoots ‘Sexify’ Video with Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri

Leah LaBelle

Leah LaBelle partied all night long while shooting the video for her debut single “Sexify” over the weekend. The former “American Idol” contestant, who is now signed to a joint deal with Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri, was joined by a few famous friends on set, including her mentors. Pharrell played a pizza delivery boy, while J.D. took on the role of her angry landlord.

In an episode of “Living the Life,” the So So Def mogul takes us behind the scenes at the Los Angeles shoot, with appearances from Leah’s mother, JoJo, and choreographer Fatima Robinson. Leah will release her debut album on I Am Other/So So Def/Epic Records.

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