Hot 97’s Miss Jones reports Dr. Dre is putting Jermaine Dupri on blast on a track on Eminem’s new album ‘The Eminem Show’. Dre raps on ‘What You Say’; “Over 80 million records sold, and I didn’t have to do it with 10 and 11 year olds.” Then later in the track Dre blasts, “Fu** Jermaine.” Apparently this attack was spurred on by JD comments recently where he complained about not being considered a great producer like Dre and Timbaland.
Sonia Murray of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with rapper/producer Jermaine Dupri about the turmoil his friend R. Kelly is in after tapes of what appears to be Kelly having sex with an underaged female surfaced. Dupri hasn’t spoken to Kelly since the investigation began, but said, “I can’t say or think nothing about that man until he goes to court.” Dupri urged Kelly to tell his side of the story saying, “He’s digging a big hole for himself. Everybody knows there isn’t a one-sided coin in America. He doesn’t need to be running and hiding. We need to hear his side of the story. The tape doesn’t tell it all. It just shows it all. And none of these people out here really know what ‘it’ is — yet.”
Michael A. Gonzales of XXL Magazine spoke with Lil’ Bow Wow and his mother Teresa Caldwell in a feature article. Asking about recording his first album, ‘Beware of Dog’, Bow Wow recalled, “Recording that first album was so hard, because sometimes it felt like it took forever to record just one song. There were times when I just wanted to go home, and other times when I was playing around too much. But, I’m a teenage kid, you know. There are times I rather have fun than work. Jermaine taught me a lot about having patience.”
Be sure to check out TBS at 7:30 Eastern tonight as the network will reveal a new version of the Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris rap “Welcome to Atlanta,” which will feature Atlanta Braves player Gary Sheffield and manager Bobby Cox. Even though Dupri had never been to a baseball game, he said, “I’m just trying to help raise the profile of the city, period. Plus it was just a lot of fun to stand on top of the dugout and everything.”
Ja Rule and Ashanti will host MTV’s Total Request Live on Tuesday, while Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs will host on Wednesday. On Thursday, Li’l Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri will do a live performance for hosts Tara Reid and Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder).
WireImage.com has photos of the 16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Included in the shots are Ja Rule, Jermaine Dupri, Lil’ Bow Wow, Lil Zane, Nelly, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, and several others.
Last week Da Brat, Xzibit, Jermaine Dupri, the Rev. Run, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, Nate Dogg, Young MC and DJ Quik taped an episode of NBC’s ‘Weakest Link’ scheduled to air April 28. Right On Magazine reports host Anne Robinson’s rep says rousting Xzibit brought the biggest smile to her face that that she had a great time with all the rappers.
Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri were on MTV’s Total Request Live on Friday to perform ‘Welcome to Atlanta’ and talk with Carson. JD spoke about working with the Backstreet Boys beginning next week, prompting Carson to say, “They need your help.” JD said, “I didn’t say that,” adding, “We goin’ give them hype, you know. They ready to come back, man. It’s time.” Meanwhile, Ludacris will be featured on the network’s pre-taped Cancun Spring Break weekend, as is OutKast, No Doubt, and other acts.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Jermaine Dupri has been keeping busy this week with cutting the ribbon at his new exhibit at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame this morning in Macon. Just the day before, he taped a hip-hop version of The Weakest Link. His exhibit has actually been open since February 21, but Dupri had been too busy until this morning to officially open it.
MTV News spoke with several artists via two way pagers during Wednesday’s Grammy awards including Bubba Sparxxx, Naughty by Nature’s Treach and Vinnie, Jermaine Dupri, and Mystic. JD told MTV News from backstage at the awards, “I’m just relaxed and chilled out to the show. I’m hitting every party and doing a lot of interviews. I haven’t been in the audience yet, … but backstage is fun. I love everybody, so I’m happy for all.” Read more.