Jermaine Dupri Still Thinks He’s Had More Influence on Atlanta Than OutKast
Jermaine Dupri is inarguably a Southern rap pioneer, but plenty of people had something to say when he suggested that he was more of an influence on Atlanta hip-hop than OutKast. And they surely will again now that he's doubled down.
Speaking with the folks at Hot 97 on Friday (July 12), the So So Def founder reaffirmed his position by reiterating the points he originally made speaking with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club in January 2018.
"The part that people miss that makes me say that is that OutKast tried to sign to So So Def, so what does that mean?" Dupri says in one part of the new interview.
Dupri goes on to say that people try to dismiss some of his accomplishments because his first huge claim to fame was the success of teenage duo Kris Kross. The duo went eight-times platinum with their debut album, Totally Krossed Out, and just as he said when he first commented on his influence compared to Andre 3000 and Big Boi's, that's a marker of success OutKast didn't match with their own debut LP released a year later.
"Kriss Kross first album sold what OutKast last album sold," Dupri says, comparing Totally Krossed Out to OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. "Their last album sold 10 million, Kriss Kross sold 8 million. [OutKast's] first album...I don't know that it sold two million."
Elsewhere in the interview, Dupri, who is prepping for the release of his documentary, Power, Influence and Hip-Hop: The Remarkable Rise of So So Def, on July 18, makes it clear that sales numbers aren't the only determinant of his influence.
"My quote wasn't just about sales," he affirms. "I'm the first person that brought [DJ Clue] to Atlanta. I'm the first person to have Jay-Z on a record."
Check out everything Dupri's got to say for yourself below.
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