As Jermaine Dupri prepares for the So So Def 20th Anniversary All-Star Anniversary Concert on February 23 in Atlanta, there has been some controversy surrounding some of the artists scheduled to perform. Most recently, Bow Wow took to his Facebook page to express how he felt about Kandi Burruss’ announcement that she wouldn’t be performing with her former group mates of Xscape.
While the “106 & Park” host obviously feels some type of way about Kandi’s decision, J.D. is not fazed by any of it.
“I don’t feel anything at all [about those comments]. I’m not evening thinking about that. Do you know how crazy this concert is? For me to even think about that is a waste of my time. The approach of getting 13 artists all in the same place and to perform all of these hits is so much more positive than I have to put into that. That little talking, that stuff means nothing to me,” he told Sister 2 Sister.
Jermaine went on to express his reasoning behind hosting a So So Def show after all these years. “I’m at a moment in life where I had a couple of my friends pass away and it made me feel as though maybe I should take advantage of this opportunity while I’m here. All the artists are here, well and healthy. You never know what the 21st anniversary will look or feel like.”
The music industry has continued to evolve since Jermaine entered the game 20+ years ago. It’s no surprise that music has changed since his emergence with hip-hop act, Kriss Kross.
“I think people are listening to music more than they ever did. I don’t know if it is creative as it was in earlier days, but it has to get back to that point. In a package sense – artists like Trinidad James work not because of his music, but because he is a little bit more creative than other rappers,” said J.D. who cited A$AP Rocky as his favorite up-and-coming artist.
“He embodies everything that I love about rap music. He embodies a great flow, his character, his style, his clothes, his jewelry. He’s from [New York] but fascinated [with] the south,” he said. “He has all the things that I think about when I think about rap music. He seems to be on the pace of the iconic rappers in the future.”
Are you looking forward to this So So Def reunion?