Jermaine Dupri

Jermaine Dupri

Grammy Award Winning Song Writer and Producer. Author, DJ, & CEO of SO SO DEF & GLOBAL14

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON September 21, 2015

Discussion

Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
Hey, Jermaine here - you know what to do.
Rio Adams
Rio Adams@rioadams11 · Songwriter
Would you ever put another male group project together and do you think the appreciation of male r&b artists has gone down since rappers began singing with auto tune?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@rioadams11 yes i would love to put anothe male group, i do think appreciation is gone but i also think new artist have to work harder and stop trying to live on the fums of the past
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
Jermaine - thank you for joining us today. A couple questions 1) What are your long term goals in the tech-space? 2) Broadly, what do you want your legacy to be?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@eriktorenberg my long term goal in the tech space is Global14.com i believe it to be the biggest artist ive ever created lol, and my legacy im not sure yet
DJ Skee
DJ Skee@djskee
How has your approach to music, and the industry, changed because of technology? What would So So Def have been like back in the day if the internet was around? PS, lets get u back up to the studios soon!
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@djskee my idea of releasing music has change because of the internet, its no more waiting soon as you make it drop it ,if theinternet was going crazy back when i created SSD i wouldve probably sold double the # of records
Justin F Harris
Justin F Harris@justinfharris · Co-Founder, Beehive
@jermainedupri Where do you see the future of music and artist distribution going in the future? Is there any artist you would particularly like to work with that you haven't yet? Have you thought of investing or working in the tech space? Thanks JD!
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@justinfharris yes im in the tech space i created my own social network called Global14.com its a home for jermainr dupri like minded people, i wanna work with august asina and Ed sheeran
Justin F Harris
Justin F Harris@justinfharris · Co-Founder, Beehive
@jermainedupri Thanks JD and I'll check out Global14. Best of luck!
☯ ☥ ➆ ☪Racquea ✡☮☤♍
☯ ☥ ➆ ☪Racquea ✡☮☤♍@knowthyself87 · Holistic Psychology Practitioner
@jermainedupri How do you manage to stay positive when dealing with difficult or challenging situations and what do you recommend for people in those situations?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@knowthyself87 i take a real close look at what it is im calling difficult,cause some times its not really
☯ ☥ ➆ ☪Racquea ✡☮☤♍
☯ ☥ ➆ ☪Racquea ✡☮☤♍@knowthyself87 · Holistic Psychology Practitioner
@jermainedupri Right because it's only difficult if you perceive it as such, gotcha. Excellent response!
Caleya Black
Caleya Black@caleyablack · Artist
@jermainedupri Do you think there is still a place for neo soul in today's music industry?
Carleita
Carleita@carleita7 · Event Coordinator, American Cancer Socie
@jermainedupri how important is mobile music marketing? What has been the best music marketing platform for you-most recently?
Ross Simmonds
Ross Simmonds@thecoolestcool · Entrepreneur | Giving 💯
What things do you do to help find inspiration before creating music?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@thecoolestcool i stay in the clubs
daniellevine
daniellevine@daniellevine · Fireside
Thank's for doing this AMA. I'm wondering, what's the best thing you've come across in the last 30 days and why? Could be anything, a product, an article, a tea, a quote. Anything! Thanks for answering.
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@daniellevine i found a new artist on twitter that i really like
daniellevine
daniellevine@daniellevine · Fireside
@jermainedupri aweosme! Who?
Alexandria
Alexandria@lexx_oxox
@daniellevine I hope it's Blazo from Vegas
ED
ED@aten · CEO & Designer, Merchbar.com
Hi Jermaine - Thanks for coming! If you could join any tech company, which one would you join and what would be your role?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@aten probably instagram im not sure what my role would be lol
Chris Lyons
Chris Lyons@chrislyons · Chief of Staff, Andreessen Horowitz
JD, thanks again for stopping by Product Hunt today. It would be great to hear more on the inspiration behind the new Music Moguls series you're working on.
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@chrislyons i actull have 2 new tvs coming, Music moguls on Bet and Rap Games on Lifetime,Rapgames is about kid artist that have a heavy youtube following doing shows ect... but no record deals so their coming to ATL to the jermaine Dupri help camp and then Moguls is gonna give you a birds eye look at everything i do to become a mogul
Rio Adams
Rio Adams@rioadams11 · Songwriter
What's the most effective way to send you original music?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@rioadams11 post on Global14 with a nice message about your self or the artist
Ryan Hoover
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Welcome, Jermaine! What apps are on your homescreen?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@rrhoover 2 many lol but one you should get is my game called 4 lanes
Ingrid Green
Ingrid Green@ingridium · Founder | Drones 4 Girls
@jermainedupri Whatup Jermaine? Thanks for doing this. How / Why should historically Black colleges encourage more students to enter the tech space?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@ingridium because if not there gonna be so far behind other kids, its crazy!!!
Trapladdin
Trapladdin@itsg3 · Recording Artist
In what ways do you think social media has NEGATIVELY effected the music industry? Do you think it's made fans more impatient?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@itsg3 the respect level is now gone because of it
Nina
Nina @__lilredd
Why haven't you signed G3 yet??
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hey Jermaine, what has been the most exciting moment of your career to date?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@ems_hodge watching Kris Kross turn into exactlly what i said
Jarrett Abello
Jarrett Abello@jarrettabello
First of all, salute for the years of work you have put in. You are a hip-hop icon and have worked with and performed with so many great artists. With that being said, what's the first thing that comes to your mind when I say: Slim Jesus?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@jarrettabello the white kid that says he not bout that life he just likes to rap about guns
KyreeIs
KyreeIs@kyreeis
Since Xscape And Usher who has been your latest R&B discovery?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@kyreeis ive had anthony Hamilton, Jagged Edge,Dondria,
Jonathan Howard
Jonathan Howard@staringispolite · Growth engineer & founder
@jermainedupri Did Jagged Edge ever figure out where the party at? :)
ro
ro@woowooboat
Jermaine, thank you for doing this AMA. Where do you see the future of autotune? Why do so many artists support it?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@firstraysofsun i mean its gonna be here if we keep having less talented artist
50crew2
50crew2@ricardolundy
Is the so so Def label going to branch out To other cities like Detroit for talent
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@ricardolundy im always looking for talent everywhere
Trapladdin
Trapladdin@itsg3 · Recording Artist
@jermainedupri Good, cuz I'm from Detroit ha!
Jonathan Howard
Jonathan Howard@staringispolite · Growth engineer & founder
@jermainedupri So cool to have you here! SSD had some of the best remixes of my entire childhood. It sounds like you've only been growing as an artist and a businessman ever since then. How do you think you've grown in the last 10 years? And what trends in music/apps are you most excited about watching in the next 10?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@staringispolite i become more open, the apps im excited about are the ones im making, Get 4lanes
BIGDAYONΣ
BIGDAYONΣ@bigdayone
@JermaineDupri do you believe R&B music can see a resurgence if equipped with same tech know how that other forms of music are applying to pushing product and fan interaction ?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@bigdayone yeah the weekend is an example
Alexandria
Alexandria@lexx_oxox
Put Blazo on for the city. Vegas needs him
iaminfinity
iaminfinity@iaminfinity
@jermainedupri With the success of "4 Lanes" how important is it to have a music presence in the mobile space? Have you considered creating an app for Global14? I'm a developer, how can I contribute to Global14?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@iaminfinity sign up and DM me
Trapladdin
Trapladdin@itsg3 · Recording Artist
Serious question though. So in that package I sent to your studio I have a physical cd of course and I got an iPod with all of my music, videos, photos etc on there for convenience but I also have these "dropcards" that allow you to download the music instantly with a link. Do you think there is ever going to be "phase-out" for CDs with streaming becoming so popular?
Carleita
Carleita@carleita7 · Event Coordinator, American Cancer Socie
Any networking advice for a college graduate who wants to pursue music but doesn't have many connections?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@carleita7 you gotta get out in the business, work at a studio, go to parties ect..
Carleita
Carleita@carleita7 · Event Coordinator, American Cancer Socie
@jermainedupri makes sense. Thanks. Im guessing location is a huge factor as well.
Melissa Joy Kong
Melissa Joy Kong@melissajoykong · Content, Product Hunt
You've had an incredible influence on so many now-successful people, like Scooter Braun, who credits you with putting him in the game at So So Def. What signals do you look for when seeking out people to mentor/"put in the game", like Scooter? Can you spot incredible talent immediately?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@melissajoykong i think i can, i can feel the energy and i listen very closly
Melissa Joy Kong
Melissa Joy Kong@melissajoykong · Content, Product Hunt
@jermainedupri What can you hear when you listen that most can't hear?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
ok guys i have to run, i wanna thank everyone that joined me, make sure you're on the look out for Music moguls on Bet and Rap Games on Lifetime,download my game 4lanes and sign up to Global14.com and really join my party,i also just started a new group called the D we just dropped our first song on soundcloud last week its call "FOES"
Official Okumura
Official Okumura @rpcfpokumura
@jermainedupri I'm on Global14.com, checkin it out.
Morgan Beller
Morgan Beller@beller · Corporate Development, Facebook
What's up Jermaine! Thanks for "coming in." How do you see software eating your world? How has what you do been transformed by technology and how will it continue to change?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@beller odly enough it changed everything for a min but now i see more anolog stuff coming back
Eric Willis
Eric Willis@erictwillis · Working on something new
@jermainedupri Thanks for doing this AMA. I have a couple of questions. I know you've worked with a bunch of artists... but do you have a favorite? Who is your favorite producer?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@erictwillis usher my favorit artist,and producer Quincy jones and teddy riley
Eric Willis
Eric Willis@erictwillis · Working on something new
@jermainedupri What do you think about the current state of hip-hop​ in terms of the quality of music?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@erictwillis its bad but its getting better
Kevin Bastien
Kevin Bastien@kevinjbastien · iOS Engineer @ Nike
Hey @jermainedupri! What do you think the future is of Hip Hop and the music industry?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@kevinjbastien i hope it comes back to great artist i see it trying but its slow
actorjoliver
actorjoliver@actorjoliver · CEO JwestEnt.
@jermainedupri bro Nice to chat with you I wanted to ask you how do you start to write man i just moved to Ga trying to get into the R&B Swing and I can't focus enough to write???any suggestions?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@actorjoliver if you cant focus it might not be for you
actorjoliver
actorjoliver@actorjoliver · CEO JwestEnt.
@jermainedupri its Been times That It comes Clear and Other Times It doesn't.... I can sing With almost anything I hear the beats before they even hit the track but when it comes to me actually writing its Nothing.... But me Singing Something No worries..... I guess I will just stick to the Singing part of it then.. Thanks JD Much Luv
Producer Crazy T
Producer Crazy T@producer_crazyt · musicproducer
@jermainedupri wadup J i wanna say thank u for beaing a inpiration for new producers got credits with tq , 2 chainz , the outlawz , asap rocky and more ... u workin with other producers ?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@producer_crazyt nah i dont really work with other producers
Producer Crazy T
Producer Crazy T@producer_crazyt · musicproducer
@jermainedupri alrgt bro ... i would like to work with u not collaborate on beats i need u on my beats as a rapper ur voice is killing no one has a voice in the game like u is very rare because the most rappers sounds like the same type this trap shit kill real hip hop ... i give u my email send me ur kontakt info pls to send some beats over i know u will love this joints !! musicproducercrazyt@gmail.com greetz from germany bro
Bridgette Salley
Bridgette Salley@besalley · Product Marketing Manager
@jermainedupri Hi! How do you maintain your creativity? Do you ever hit a block? If so, what do you do to get through it?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@besalley yes i hit blocks all the time, i usually go play NBA2K lol
Ms.C.C.
Ms.C.C.@chancesrecords · Chances records
Hi my name is msCC out of Dallas TX is it true that you're coming to Dallas on Friday I've been a fan of yours since you was 14 years old
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@chancesrecords yes make sure you're there
Ms.C.C.
Ms.C.C.@chancesrecords · Chances records
@jermainedupri yes I will I hope get a chance to meet you you're the reason why I'm in the music business now
Ingrid Green
Ingrid Green@ingridium · Founder | Drones 4 Girls
Hey @JermaineDupri, is it becoming trendy for pro athletes to back startups or venture capital firms?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@ingridium im not sure but it very smart
If you could bring back a still-living old school act, who would it be regardless of their former label?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@coxabling Michael Jackson
KyreeIs
KyreeIs@kyreeis
What are the things that keep you going as a artist/writer/ceo etc?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@kyreeis the fact that people still have me as like a underdog
Official Okumura
Official Okumura @rpcfpokumura
@jermainedupri OKUMURA of Earthbound Rejects is REAL and true with an Anime audience. How does a group so different remain driven and inspired in such a non-creative music industry?
Official Okumura
Official Okumura @rpcfpokumura
@rpcfpokumura When I say "Non Creative", the actual words are "closed minded" and not open to change.
Official Okumura
Official Okumura @rpcfpokumura
@rpcfpokumura Just been booked for a large conference with an international audience. What advice would you give 2 guys (nerds) to take advantage of such an incredible opportunity to shine for those of us without a platform?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@rpcfpokumura i would say the the belief that you're the shit
Official Okumura
Official Okumura @rpcfpokumura
@jermainedupri THANK YOU! Being Different is OKAY if Jermaine Dupri says so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jason Wise
Jason Wise@jawise · Sales & Marketing Leader @ Everstrat
Hi @jermainedupri, former ATL resident here...What do you do to handle traffic stress when getting around town? What can we all do to make it better?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@jawise im not sure what traffic stress is ?
Jason Wise
Jason Wise@jawise · Sales & Marketing Leader @ Everstrat
@jermainedupri Stop and go, waiting, bad drivers, etc.
Ms.C.C.
Ms.C.C.@chancesrecords · Chances records
HAPPY birthday I see that you have a good one
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@chancesrecords thank you
DJ DIRTY D
DJ DIRTY D@iamdjdirtyd · producer/ dj
@jermainedupri Thanks for taking time out to answer some questions. I've been producing for awhile but i've yet to the MAJOR placement. How do i go about doing so?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@iamdjdirtyd each person travel is different, i created my own artist
DJ Prince
DJ Prince@djprince01 · DJ Prince
@jermainedupri Good evening sir! You told don't EVER stop my djing, and I don't plan on it!! But any other tips you have for me? (princeofzamunda01)
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@djprince01 learn all aspects of it
Kevin Bastien
Kevin Bastien@kevinjbastien · iOS Engineer @ Nike
What did you think of Drake and Future's new album they released last night (What a Great Time To Be Alive)? and how they released it exclusively on iTunes?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@kevinjbastien i think its dope
matt maker
matt maker@mattxmaker
@jermainedupri How long have you been a DJ for? Since anyone can DJ from an iPhone today or download an app to curate their own playlists, Where do you see the future of that art form going in the next 5 to 10 years?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@mattxmaker i been djing since i was 12, the original art form of doing might be lost in the next 5 years
Jared Schaffer
Jared Schaffer@jbschaff · Founder/Product, The Tribe 🕴 Dallas, TX
2 questions: You’ve been involved with the tech world for several years now - What is it that continues to draw you in? From an interview in 2014, “Technology has impacted the music industry tremendously, but there are still executives at the top that are unwilling to change, and they are falling behind because of this stubbornness.” A year later, do you still see this unwillingness to change?
☯ ☥ ➆ ☪Racquea ✡☮☤♍
☯ ☥ ➆ ☪Racquea ✡☮☤♍@knowthyself87 · Holistic Psychology Practitioner
Do you have any open windows for professionals to apply to work with you or any of your business endeavors?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
totally
Nathan McCartney
Nathan McCartney@nemccartney · Music x Technology
@jermainedupri - Thanks for taking the time to answer questions. What artists/managers do you think are being really innovative? What managers do you respect the most?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@nemccartney i love what scooter is doing
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
What's the single biggest change you've seen in the music industry since you first started out?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@ems_hodge the majors not caring
BIGDAYONΣ
BIGDAYONΣ@bigdayone
you were one of the first HipHop music execs to establish an online destination with Global14. What is next for Global14 ? Would you be interested in a developing content for Global14 ? how could someone become a contributor or content partner at Global14 ?
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@bigdayone sign up or if your already on drop me a dm and lets talk more about it
Official Okumura
Official Okumura @rpcfpokumura
If an artist had one chance to impress you what would you look for? Of course it would be a meeting of a lifetime.
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
@rpcfpokumura the x factor
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
the majors not caring as much
Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri@jermainedupri · CEO
for me i would say youtube and twitter
50crew2
50crew2@ricardolundy
@jermainedupri ru gonna be doing any workshop anytime soon
Mike Street
Mike Street@mrmikestreet · Thinker
@jermainedupri Are there any new technologies out there now that you've seen that are helping to re-invent the music business?
JAX A MILLION
JAX A MILLION@jax_a_million · partner to a hip hop artist
Hi, Mr. Dupri. When cam 9th get with you at SS?
JAX A MILLION
JAX A MILLION@jax_a_million · partner to a hip hop artist
-can
Ms.C.C.
Ms.C.C.@chancesrecords · Chances records
@jermainedupri I hope I get a chance to meet you in person when you come to Dallas
Nathan Pryor
Nathan Pryor@nathanpryor6
@jermainedupri gotta sign my cuz g3 he what the rap game missin... Straight flo!!!!!!!