Jermaine Dupri Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

Da Brat "Funkdafied" (1994)

Producer: Jermaine Dupri
Album: Funkdafied
Label: So So Def

"She was introduced to me by Kriss Kross. They saw her while they were on tour, and they came to me and said, "We got this female rapper you should check out." And when they did it, I didn't want no female rapper. But I thought that since they said I should check her out... I'm like, what does she do that made them want me to look at her? So I at least decided to give it a listen.

"[When it came to make beats for the record,] each time there's a new artist, there's a time for that artist. There's a time for me to make music with that artist. What am I going to do for that artist to make them special? It's just a timing thing, for the most part. I've been making beats since I was like 12. I seen people do things on the drum machine and I used to...There was one point in time where I wanted to be an artist, a fully-fledged artist, and I was taking ideas to these producers and they didn't do what I wanted them to do with these ideas. That basically forced me to become my own producer.

"My idol is Quincy Jones. If you pull up his resume you can't trace nothing to what he's done. You listen to "Ironside" and you listen to "Billie Jean," you can't tell me that's the same person. If you listen to "Sanford and Son Theme (The Streetbeater)" and you listen to "Roots" you can't tell me it's the same person. That's where I get that from. When I listen to his records and I listen to George Benson and I listen to "The Secret Garden" or something like that, you can't tell it's the same person. You could say somebody musical did these records, they're a very musical person, but there's nothing about it that's traceable. I think that was my whole thing."

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