via Jermaine Durpi Instagram
By Henna Kathiya
Jermaine Dupri’s influence in hip-hop reaches far and wide and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his So So Def label, the revered producer/rapper thew a memorable concert at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Saturday night featuring So So Def artists, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, Xscape, and many more. Usher and Mariah Carey were also there to celebrate, not to mention Jay-Z who joined J.D. for a performance of “Money Ain’t A Thang.”
This event featured performances from the past and present. It was only fitting that Kriss Kross started the party off with their ’92 chart topper “Jump.” “Kris Kross wasn’t actually on So So Def, they was on Ruffhouse, which is the same label as Cypress Hill and all of them,” Dupri explained on a recent visit to “RapFix Live.” “These guys at Ruffhouse gave me an opportunity to put out my first group and that was the springboard to get my company off.”
Other performances from the 90s included two members of Xscape, sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott and Da Brat also turned it up with her hit “Funkdafied” which made her the first female rapper to sell 1 million units.
Lil’ Jon’s set brought out the likes of Bone Crusher, YoungBloodZ, J-Kwon, Lil Scrappy, Dem Franchize Boyz, Pastor Troy and Bow Wow. Lil Jon also had a little fun with his performance and brought out head honcho J.D. for a DJ battle. That wasn’t the only time Jermaine made an appearance on stage; he also joined Nelly for a performance of “Grillz” and joined Jay-Z when he took the stage to perform “Money Ain’t A Thang.” Hov also preformed “PSA” and “N—-s in Paris,” in addition to spitting lines from “Clique.”
Usher performed many of his number one hits, which he credited to J.D. He sang “Confessions” and invited Ludacris and Lil Jon on stage for “Lovers and Friends” and “Yeah!” “We sold 10 million copies of Confessions,” Dupri told Sway last week. “And I think that what happens when you start selling records as an artist and a producer is the fans challenge you based on your success. If Confessions didn’t sell and we did another album and it sold, it would be a great thing. But if we put an album out now and he and I come back together and work and it doesn’t outsell Confessions, people are gonna say, ‘They can’t do it anymore.’ ”
The party ended with Mariah Carey bringing out a cake for J.D., making for a very star-studded night.