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Jermaine Dupri’s discovery of rap duo Kris Kross at the age of 19 became the springboard for a 25-year career that has spawned 33 No. 1 hits across genres and an induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Find out how Jermaine worked with Usher, Xscape, Bow Wow, and more to become a forefather of the Atlanta music scene on Blueprint.


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The CunninLynguist
The CunninLynguist 2 meses atrás
He is underrated when mentioned as producers
Andy Street
Andy Street 2 meses atrás
What you said !
Tim McLean
Tim McLean 2 meses atrás
I really like this interview and have mad respect for JD’s contribution to music! Respectfully, I just wanted to point out that Q-tip from A Tribe Called Quest was rocking a baseball jersey in the Check the Rhime video, which came out before Kris Kross. And, there were other hip hop acts that wore baseball jerseys before and around the same time. Wearing baseball jerseys was a common fashion, among “everyday people,” long before ‘92. We were rocking them in ‘89/‘90, as 19/ 20 year olds.
Miles Nicholas
Miles Nicholas Mês atrás
I was just about to comment the same thing
Tremaine Oliver
Tremaine Oliver 2 meses atrás
At least ONE of everybody’s favorite songs starts with “y’all already know what this is” 😆
Bennis Ford
Bennis Ford 2 meses atrás
Love It‼️💪🏿
Marc Avery Media
Marc Avery Media 2 meses atrás
big facts
ANDRE PRYCE
ANDRE PRYCE 2 meses atrás
Once that drops you know we're about to party lol 😆
Omar Lodge
Omar Lodge Mês atrás
JD definitely underrated! Big up to Complex for doing this.
mbugua gaku
mbugua gaku 2 meses atrás
He doesn't get the recognition that he truly deserves. He has been known for having many "firsts" & a pioneer. Definitely a LEGEND!
C Brown
C Brown Mês atrás
Pioneering legend, maximum respect. Salute!
Leigh Kelley
Leigh Kelley 2 meses atrás
This is THE BEST Blueprint yet! "The South got somethin' to say"
dirk diggler
dirk diggler 2 meses atrás
@Joel Edwards bro sometimes you don’t have to comment smh
Joel Edwards
Joel Edwards 2 meses atrás
The south had something to say for more than 25 years now. I think they said it by now lol
MassGainingGuy
MassGainingGuy Mês atrás
He was the mastermind behind Kris Kross...that's how!
Fenny Whopper
Fenny Whopper Mês atrás
I love that they brought the Blueprint series back, but i also miss the sit down interviews where it was simple journalism at its best. Nonetheless this video is still pretty damn good
Hip-Hop Jewels
Hip-Hop Jewels 2 meses atrás
Interesting that he didn't feel respected for so long. In my eyes he always has been. I always admired his versatility. He has always been in my top 10 producers of all time.
SAE LEX
SAE LEX Mês atrás
I'm watching this 2 in da morning and it has me inspired to write again I haven't written a song in years and he was my favorite producer I always look up too so I'm really take this one shot at it again and make it happen
Najerea
Najerea 12 dias atrás
OH MY GOSH!!! THE VIBRANCY OF THE COLORS!!! THE SWAG! THE ARTISTRY!!! #SALUTE THE gOD !💯💯💯
mctzprap
mctzprap 2 meses atrás
Легенда! Дай Бог здоровья!
Count Duku
Count Duku 2 meses atrás
The JD Era was nice 🙏🏽
Joey Modesto
Joey Modesto Mês atrás
What do you mean cause he still doing his thing
TK Kirkland
TK Kirkland 2 meses atrás
Jermaine told me he sent this video to Revolt® first, and Puffy rejected it. 👎🏿🕺🏿 💯
Batsirai Musuka
Batsirai Musuka 2 meses atrás
Definitely one of my personal top ones: Rick Rubin, Salaam Remi, JD, Darkchild, The Neptunes.
kdub1_
kdub1_ 28 dias atrás
One of my fav producers...so underrated
jaedub59
jaedub59 2 meses atrás
Damn!!! What a great interview!
Soso Sanchez
Soso Sanchez 2 meses atrás
2 Words..About Time.. We Love you JD!!
Sharon Baba
Sharon Baba 2 meses atrás
Living legend
ANDRE PRYCE
ANDRE PRYCE 2 meses atrás
Love your energy J to the D! 1472 is better than Puff as Producer - Song writer in my opinion and I'm always on my Bad Boy shit. Diddy can't box with this man period!
Lou
Lou 2 meses atrás
Legendary!
kolorkonexion
kolorkonexion 2 meses atrás
Feel motivated af🔥🔥🔥
Nhlanhla Zwane
Nhlanhla Zwane Mês atrás
Blueprint!!!! This series is gold.
St Low
St Low Mês atrás
These videos should be longer💯
The I.D. Movement
The I.D. Movement 2 meses atrás
Totally underrated
Lil Ballas
Lil Ballas 2 meses atrás
I miss the rap game
Dub Bulloh
Dub Bulloh 2 meses atrás
TRUE LEGEND! LIFE IN 1472 is still my FAVORITE!!!
Dub Bulloh
Dub Bulloh 2 meses atrás
@theKONGSTOCKS I've heard that before but I definitely don't agree.
theKONGSTOCKS
theKONGSTOCKS 2 meses atrás
Legend of garbage Rap & corny R&B
JackpotJunkie
JackpotJunkie 2 meses atrás
oh wow! I didn't know *Babyface* words to *J.D.* motivated him to do more when he thought he was the biggest w/ that "criss cross" joint, he thought to himself to do better, to do more!
jj san
jj san 2 meses atrás
Kris Kross and So So Def “Still spending that Kris Kross cream….”
Don Itotia
Don Itotia Mês atrás
JD is an underrated hiphop legend
J Shepherd
J Shepherd Mês atrás
Man we ain’t gone start on jd, he added so much to culture. Plus he is wealthy
She Made The Beat
She Made The Beat 2 meses atrás
Very Inspiring!!!!!!
bivens3ify
bivens3ify 8 dias atrás
JD deserves what he has earned and then some.
CLiF
CLiF Mês atrás
Mad respect to JD
ron knafel
ron knafel 2 meses atrás
“I’ve been telling people this everyday if you look at that Kriss Kross poster up there, Kriss Kross has on jerseys, this was in 1992. Nobody in hip-hop you can’t think of nobody else in hip-hop in ’92 that was wearing baseball jerseys, so that means after 1992 wearing baseball jerseys, football jerseys, basketball jerseys all of that came from me and Kriss Kross,” said Dupri....What about Phife?
Mista O
Mista O 2 meses atrás
This dope n interesting. And makes me smile.
John Phillips #JeyDoeProductions
Teddy is his idol so much that he looks like teddy now. 😫 respect tho. 💯💯💯
waller michel
waller michel 2 meses atrás
Blueprint is back!!
David Allen
David Allen 2 meses atrás
Dope interview
steve irungu
steve irungu Mês atrás
Jermaine means more than a conqueror that's my portion in Jesus name Amen 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 by Steve Irungu Jermaine
Prince Metro
Prince Metro 2 meses atrás
S-O-S-O-D-E-F-M-O-B
jcorey68
jcorey68 2 meses atrás
JD is that dude! music legend
Neville James
Neville James 2 meses atrás
Congrats bro. One the 🐐
Randy Nsimba
Randy Nsimba 2 meses atrás
Facts
Wise Thuti
Wise Thuti 2 meses atrás
Jermaine is an og
Nick Jagger
Nick Jagger 2 meses atrás
Who scored this episode? The music is fire
Not Dash
Not Dash 2 meses atrás
He definitely was referring to Puff a few times
First Last
First Last 2 meses atrás
DJ Nabs exposed the C of TLC on twitter in 2013 for dating Chris Kelly of Kris Kross while he was underage (allegedly). Chitlins did an interview after Chris Kelly's death (Allegedly). She said that they were very close and she used to hang out at his house with his mom. She also said that she used to pick him up (I guess because he was too young to drive). Type in "Chris Kelly's Mentor Jermaine Dupri: I Wish I Could Have Saved Him" in the Bing Search. (Allegedly).. I think Chitlins is one of the adults that Chris Kelly's mother was talking about (allegedly). Chitlins has a pattern with teenage black boys (allegedly). In Usher's "Behind The Music" Special Chitlins admitted that she was attracted to Usher when she was 21 and he was 14 (allegedly). She was blushing saying that he had "cute dimples" and that she also said that he was "born sexy" (allegedly). Chitlins eventually dated Usher when he became "legal" so this seems like grooming (allegedly).
paul734
paul734 2 meses atrás
I don't like the selection of the person asking questions. Should've got someone with knowledge of JDs career. Seems rushed and could've been wayyyy better. JD is a damn legend
reggie baybee
reggie baybee 2 meses atrás
no wonder the baby face reference in "we belong together"
USING NO WAY AS WAY
Does anyone knows where I can get those glasses ?
ntve_tongue
ntve_tongue 2 meses atrás
Not y’all trying to claim Da Lench Mob as “New York Rappers” 😂😂😂
Allan A
Allan A Mês atrás
I wonder if Chris Kelly never became famous, if he would have went down the path of using drugs. RIP.
GSTYLZ 31
GSTYLZ 31 Mês atrás
JD brought My Favorite Female Mc. Da Brat.. JD always been that dude.
True Journey
True Journey 2 meses atrás
All these years that damn Kris Kross story in the mall sounds so made up lol
First Last
First Last 2 meses atrás
Why do you think it was made up? (Allegedly).
Redman
Redman 9 dias atrás
Dudes aging well
Eckhardt Said
Eckhardt Said Mês atrás
JD looking super clean. The sunglasses are fresh
Fallbackdigital
Fallbackdigital 2 meses atrás
My favorie arist , producer arranger etc....
Victoria Smith
Victoria Smith Mês atrás
He took all of kris kross money 💰
steve irungu
steve irungu Mês atrás
i have tromendous respectfor you jermaine dupri by steveirungu jermaine
Devin Frank
Devin Frank 2 meses atrás
When I was a jit I wanted to be signed to so so def
Kezy
Kezy Mês atrás
Very eye opening
Craig Simmons
Craig Simmons Mês atrás
Jd straight up lied about the baseball jerseys. I fw his music but this do is beyond immature.
BIG SUGE
BIG SUGE 2 meses atrás
Are we still go get JD vs Puffy ?
Marven Barreau
Marven Barreau 2 meses atrás
👏
Meek Rodriguez
Meek Rodriguez 2 meses atrás
Dope video
beirutbrown
beirutbrown 2 meses atrás
"REMEMBER THAT GOLD NECKLACE I WAS TELLING YOU ABOUT? ITS YO SHIT BITCH"!
tha exception
tha exception 2 meses atrás
Nothing else to say!
Daniel Constant
Daniel Constant 2 meses atrás
I need them shades though
Alexander
Alexander Mês atrás
RIP Mack Daddy
#WEARE1TV
#WEARE1TV 2 meses atrás
FIRE before i even watched this
Slim Dood Dood
Slim Dood Dood Mês atrás
I never knew crisscross found Da brat
Marlin Thrower
Marlin Thrower 2 meses atrás
good video
Keenan Griffin
Keenan Griffin 2 meses atrás
JD > Diddy
macewbee
macewbee 2 meses atrás
Congratulations
Kent Tajima
Kent Tajima 2 meses atrás
bring back noah
mister jahi
mister jahi 2 meses atrás
Jermaine Dupri vs Salaam Remi
MAZA BALLENA,  KAORI
MAZA BALLENA, KAORI 2 meses atrás
bad bunny
Frank Lucas
Frank Lucas 2 meses atrás
"SoSo Def"
Baji Kayy
Baji Kayy 2 meses atrás
Sauce!
Watch Channel 50
Watch Channel 50 2 meses atrás
🌍I just love it when I get the notification that says "Someone has liked your comment" or "Someone has subscribed!" :-) ! ❤😊❤ 50 JD!
Dre Moore
Dre Moore 2 meses atrás
Ok short arms I see you JD
the77
the77 2 meses atrás
What are those shades
raidaone
raidaone 2 meses atrás
For real! Someone has to know
October 17 Lefty Jason
October 17 Lefty Jason 2 meses atrás
Waddup JD‼️
Darise Foster
Darise Foster Mês atrás
Goat.
theKONGSTOCKS
theKONGSTOCKS 2 meses atrás
Yawn. He wack, I'm better and richer
MAZA BALLENA,  KAORI
MAZA BALLENA, KAORI 2 meses atrás
sacalo
The Slayer
The Slayer Mês atrás
Who?
Exor
Exor 2 meses atrás
Second
Exposing Hidden Truth
Exposing Hidden Truth 11 horas atrás
Here is a blueprint to follow... TO ALL RICH BLACK AMERICAN CELEBRITES: Now that you are rich, what about collectively using your influence & economic power to build something for future black generations... Look at what Akon is doing, & build smaller versions of his vision, for progressive minded black Americans all over then United States. These suburban towns & or cities would be for the purpose of Collectively building future Black American economic empowerment... Based on the premise that most black Americans, just like other ethnic groups are not built to be multi-millionaires or billionaires; many will ended up being the workforce to maintain & grow the economy of a town, city or nation...
MAZA BALLENA,  KAORI
MAZA BALLENA, KAORI 2 meses atrás
wax
Tatenda Gwandekwande
Werz D Brat
Tatenda Gwandekwande
ther she iz
Zhi Bell
Zhi Bell 2 meses atrás
Too bad he lost Janet Jackson that was the worst mistake he ever made arrogance is self destruction 💯
Zhi Bell
Zhi Bell 2 meses atrás
@First Last damn that's just like Paul Mooney yikes 😬 😳
First Last
First Last 2 meses atrás
Katt Williams called Jermaine Dupri "The King of Pedophiles" (Allegedly). Type in "Katt Williams Freestyle Dissing Diddy, Jermaine Dupri, Janet Jackson & Steve Harvey". It starts @0:48. (Allegedly). A young black lady by the name of Toni Rivera claimed that she was sexually takin advantage of by Jermaine Dupri when she was 16 years old (Allegedly).Type in "Tashera Simmons interviews Toni Rivera on Freedom of Truth Podcast". It starts @17:20 (Allegedly).
Zhi Bell
Zhi Bell 2 meses atrás
@Syonide 187 you mean for a phot opp?
Syonide 187
Syonide 187 2 meses atrás
They got back together lol
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