(AllHipHop Features) Veteran rapper, producer, and mogul Jermaine Dupri recently teamed up with WE TV to host a red carpet screening for his new documentary, 'Power, Influence & Hip Hop: The Remarkable Rise of So So Def' at The London Hotel in Los Angeles.
As Jermaine celebrates 26 years in the music business, he expressed how excited and grateful he was to be able to bring a fraction of his incomparable musical success story to the TV screen.
Dupri is the second Hip Hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and his So So Def Records is the first Hip Hop label to have an exhibit in the Grammy Museum.
JD was joined at the LA screening by his father, Michael Mauldin, mother Tina Mauldin, daughter Shaniah Mauldin, as well as celebrity friends Usher, Bow Wow, Da Brat, Larenz Tate, Mona Scott-Young, Jackie Long, Datari Turner, Angel Brinks, Drea Kelly, Buku Abi, ReeMarkable, Eddie George, Miss Lawrence, and Antoine Harris.
AllHipHop caught up with Jermaine Dupri to discuss his new documentary, the debates and controversy following his commentary on today's female rappers, and whether or not he's looking to sign new talent.
AllHipHop: How does it feel to celebrate 26 years of So So Def as well as see your documentary come to life?
Jermaine Dupri: 26 years. It feels good. I mean we’re just..the fact that I’m getting the opportunity to do it, I feel like you know, I’m moving forward. I’m accomplishing something. It’s hard. It was hard to get people to agree to do this, but I feel like it’s moving, and people finally get an opportunity to see it now.
AllHipHop: You recently sparked some debates and controversy recently with your comment about today's females in Hip Hop. How do you feel about the responses to your comment?
Jermaine Dupri: I don’t know. I don’t even know what happened. I just woke up one morning and it was just going crazy. I feel like it was something that people, everybody wanted to talk about, and now it’s open and everybody’s talking about it; people are rapping. It’s a lot of things going on. So I feel like you know, I’m happy to be a part of it. I’m happy to be a part of something that got something to do with music moving forward.
AllHipHop: Does this make you want to sign new female emcees?
Jermaine Dupri: Uh, that wasn’t my plan. I mean Brat definitely though. Me and Brat talked about it. Brat gonna be apart of you know the cypher and all of this. I’ma let her....you know she probably gonna run with it.