By Rahul Lal
Jermaine Dupri, one of the most successful hip-hop moguls ever, sat down with Elliott Wilson and Brian “B-Dot” Miller on Play.It’s Rap Radar podcast to talk about Kanye West, Sean “Puffy” Combs and Jay Z.
While West is one of the most iconic—and attention drawing—artists today, he got an early boost from Dupri; he produced his first ever song, “Intro/Turn it Out,” on Dupri’s 1998 album, Life in 1472, six years before his debut album College Dropout.
“I had never knew that it was this dude on the beats that was telling my dad that he was going to be bigger than me and talking crazy,” said JD. “He’s [always] been the same.”
After that, Dupri went back to West for the original remix for Jagged Edge’s hit ‘Let’s Get Married.’
“The beat he had for the remix was crazy where he did the vocals and all that,” he said. “I kept saying ‘We need a rapper on the song’ so I left the studio and this n—- got on the track and rapped and was like ‘I’m gonna be on the song without nobody asking him to be on the song.’ This was the Kanye that you got right now.”
He also let on that Combs was inspired one of Dupri’s artists who made it big in the early ‘90s.
“I don’t think people think of Puff as a remix guy,” he exclaimed about the man who claimed “We Invented the Remix.” “Puff actually told me that he got in the music business because of Kris Kross.”
Dupri and Jay Z have had a long friendship, and he outlined the first time the two met when the Southern sound of Atlanta met Jay’s New York style in Harlem in the late 90s when the two worked together on the hit “Money Ain’t A Thang.”
“When he and I had [our first] conversation, we sounded like two people that knew each other already,” said Dupri. “Me and Jay have conversations that I’m sure he don’t have with nobody else.” He also says he’s heard Jay Z’s next album.
To hear the full interview, listen to the latest episode of Rap Radar below.