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“Some people insist that ‘mediocre’ is better than ‘best.’ They delight in clipping wings because they themselves can’t fly.”
-Robert A. Heinlein

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Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def Tour – Toys, B-ball Court & A Stripper Pole

So So Def label founder Jermaine Dupri took us on a tour of his studio, showing off his toy collection, basketball court and private club.


“Live your vision and demand your success.”
-Steve Maraboli

Scooter Braun Slams Grammys Over Justin Bieber Snub


Scooter Braun Slams Grammys Over Justin Bieber Snub
December 06, 2012 | By Shirley Halperin/THR

Scooter Braun, superstar manager and Schoolboy Records boss, went on a mini Twitter tirade following Wednesday night’s Grammy Awards nominations announcement.

Writing to his over 2 million followers, the 31-year-old Braun defended his No. 1 client Justin Bieber who received no Grammy nominations. “I just plain DISAGREE,” he tweeted. “The kid deserved it. Grammy board u blew it on this one.”

Bieber’s third album, Believe, was released in June and has seen two top ten singles — “Boyfriend” and “As Long As You Love Me,” the latter performed on X Factor earlier in the evening — and another, “Beauty and the Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj, still building.

Perhaps making the snub sting even more, the 18-year-old pop phenom recently swept the American Music Awards, where he won artist of the year, favorite pop/rock male artist and favorite pop/rock album. The November show, aired on ABC, is a fan-voted event. The Grammy Awards, airing Feb. 10 on CBS, are decided by committees of industry peers.

And that just might be the invisible blockade for Bieber who, to paraphrase Britney Spears, is in that sometimes difficult to navigate phase of no longer a boy, and not yet a man. Braun in a way acknowledged this fact in a subsequent tweet, where he wrote, “the hardest thing to do is transition, keep the train moving. The kid delivered. Huge successful album, sold out tour, and won people over… this time he deserved to be recognized.”

Braun, an advocate of myriad causes, in particular his brother Adam’s Pencils of Promise charity, is not one to end a rant on a negative note, however. After congratulating “all those nominated,” including one of his own label’s acts, Carly Rae Jepsen — who was recently named Billboard’s Rising Star of 2012 — Braun addressed the scores of Beliebers directly, leaving the fans with a challenge that they’ll no doubt meet and overcome: “Looks like we get to stay the underdog a little longer.”

Fresco Kane Delivers St. Louis Swag for So So Def


His name is Fresco Kane, and he has all the swag of an up-and-coming rap star. As well he should. Fresco Kane just dropped a hot new mixtape December 4 and has captured the eyes and ears of Music Mogul Jermaine Dupri, who recently made Fresco Kane the latest addition to Dupri’s So So Def label. And believe it or not, a sentimental 1970s soft-rock song helped him break through.
Fresco Kane’s songs capture the classic bravado of St. Louis rap in the tradition of the many artists Dupri has discovered in the Gateway City — Nelly and Chingy among them — but according to Dupri, Kane brings his own distinct style and wordplay.
“All St. Louis artists have that something that stands out about them,” Dupri told me in an interview for Superhype. “Something fresh with a lot of slang and clever beats. They are students of what’s going on in the streets. But Fresco Kane has a confidence and feel for beats that is all his own.”

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In a song like “Hot,” he combines his typically macho and confident word play with a rich production that includes random sound distortion, tumbling drum beats, a catchy synth overlay, and an angelic female vocal chorus that somehow works amid the aggressive ode to cruising in your car.

“Up in Hurr,” featuring Dupri, reprises the tumbling drum beats and smooth synth in a more melodious but raunchy exploration of the joys of sex and Ciroc. The song evokes “Hump Wit It,” a track produced by Dupri earlier this year for Kane and featuring Busta Rhymes.
Dupri met Kane in February after Kane’s manager Abe Givens arranged a meeting at Dupri’s SouthSide Studios in Atlanta.
Dupri’s first impressions: “He felt ready. I heard the music and knew he was someone I should be working with.”
What first caught Dupri’s ear was Kane’s use of a sample from, of all things, the soft-rock standard “I Go Crazy” by Paul Davis, in Kane’s song, “They Do.”
“I’ve always been thinking of sampling ‘I Go Crazy,’” Dupri says. “When I first heard the sample, I wondered, ‘What’s making Fresco Kane think like me? What triggered the use of that sample?” And beyond the music, Fresco Kane acted “like a mature-minded artist” from the start.
From there, a relationship was born.
According to Dupri, the two are collaborating on new music. “We work right off the top of the head,” Dupri says. “I create music for him to review, and he does the same for me. We might not even agree with what we are doing at first, but that’s how you start to get to know each other.”

Dupri adds, “Fresco Kane represents the younger generation of rap. It’s a whole different flow and mindset from the older generation. As I make more records that fit his mentality, he’s going to get better.”

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