WHERE’S THE LUV?
MONDAY NIGHT I WAS NET SURFING LOOKING AROUND AND I WENT TO BRIAN GAFFEYS BLOG, A INTERESTING FOR THE DJ IN YOU SITE. SO I PUT ON MY PROMOTION HAT AND SENT HIM A EMAIL ASKING IF HE WOULD POST THE OCEANS 7 MIXTAPE . NOW ON THE SONG (WHERES THE LOVE ) I SAY (I GOT DJS SHITTIN ON ME ) RIGHT? WELL TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT HE SENT BACK A REPLY BASICALLY, YOU KNOW WHAT UMA LETCHU READ IT FOR YOUR SELF, THIS IS WHAT HE POSTED KEEP IN MIND I’VE NEVER MET HIM .
JD: YO THIS JERMAINE DUPRI I NEED YOU TO PUT THE OCEAN 7 MIXTAPE ON YOUR BLOG
Me: Mars, I got love for ya. But I can’t do JD. I just got no respect for dude anymore.
JD: What did i do to you ? this JD
Me: Personally, nothing. You gave me great music for most of my life. You were the ultimate music innovator throughout my teens. Hell, u brought back mariah when everybody thought she was a wrap.
Lately though, I seen something from you I never thought I’d see. Your jumping the cool electro/dance bandwagon, but your late. Your on records that are a year old. It feels forced. It seems like ur trying to stay relevant when u were the dude that used to MAKE what was relevant.
As a dj I feel like its my job to be ahead of the game. I live in williamsburg, brooklyn where I got to see people like Diplo, M.I.A., Santogold, and MGMT two years ago. My life is music. My life is looking for that next cool sound. Right now? Its “disco funk” but u won’t know that till next year.
I helped discover LMFAO and knew they were the shit when they were just getting $75 a show. I helped break I”m in Miami Bitch. You jumped on it a year later. You jumped on MGMT 2 years late and didn’t even do the Justice remix that is the best version. JD? How was JD this late?
I just think that your out of touch. Its only natural though. U can’t be in the spots that I’m in genuinely trying to discover the next cool thing.
And let me apologize. I shouldn’t say I don’t have respect for you because you’ve done so much in this industry. But right now, june 9th, 2009, I feel like you lost your touch.
My email was followed up by him asking for my number and then giving me a call. It was a good conversation. Lots of back and forth. His point was that he wasn’t trying to make himself look cool by jumping on these type of records, he was trying to use his star power to break them to a new audience. Which I respect.
My only point was that if he was going to jump on these records, please try to be early on them. It makes him look bad to be so late on things. Which he understood as well.
All in all, we ended the call with an solid understanding of where each of us were coming from. I think a lot of times with blogs, you make statements and pass judgments without necessarily knowing the other side of things. I’m glad I had a chance to talk to the man himself and clear up my own issues with him. He’s a stand up dude. He didn’t have to take the time out of his day to talk to me and I really appreciate it.