Jermaine Dupri Feels He Influenced Atlanta Hip-Hop More Than OutKast
Jermaine Dupri is a living legend, helping shepherd the careers of names like Usher, Da Brat, Kriss Kross and Bow Wow, among others. Given how long he's been in the game, it's fair for him to state how important he is to hip-hop, home and abroad. On Power 105's The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne Tha God asked JD whether he or OutKast were more influential in Atlanta, and Dupri chose himself.
JD may have a point. “Depending on what type of hip-hop you talking about, we come from two different places in hip-hop,” he fairly answered. “As far as culture, me, I brought people to Atlanta that had never seen Atlanta. I showed everybody in the world Magic City—I was the first person to start throwing money in the club.”
He even broke down his connection to New York, bringing budding hip hop celebs to Atlanta and exposing them to his hometown's culture. "I had to pay for all the magazines to come to Atlanta—no one was paying attention to what’s going on—as far as culture goes and having parties, bringing Puff, bringing Envy and Clue to Atlanta, that was all me," JD revealed.
Dupri was awarded a '90s Game Changer Award by VH1 Hip Hop Honors last year, for helming his label So So Def Records, which was an instrumental part of Atlanta hip-hop.
Jermaine has been in the news recently for something a little more personal than music. Rumors have been swirling that he has rekindled his romance with Janet Jackson; the two split in 2009.
Watch Jermaine Dupri's The Breakfast Club interview below.
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