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Jermaine Dupri: Usher “Seems Disrespectful” [NEWS]
Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 11:47 pm
Filed under: Music News, Must Read, Things We're Diggin'

Check this interview Jermaine Dupri did with VIBE.com where he discusses his lack of involvement in Usher’s new album and why he feels somewhat disrespected by artists like Mariah Carey & Usher after producing some of their biggest hits…

“I’ve gotten past the whole, “JD doesn’t get the respect he deserves” thing. If niggas don’t pay attention to what I’ve done and how long I’ve been doing it, they will someday. But it’s kind of weird because Billboard named Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together,” which I produced, as Song Of The Decade this year. That’s an accomplishment that no other producer had on the charts. But then Billboard names the Neptunes producers of the year? The accolades don’t even go with each other anymore. That’s why I never get my hopes up. I’m just happy to still be in the game.

There was some talk that you were going to executive produce Usher’s latest album Raymond v. Raymond. Why didn’t it happen?

Well, I didn’t really want to be executive producer of Usher’s projects after Confessions. Me as a producer, it’s kind of hard for me to go back into people’s projects when I gave you your biggest album ever…you sold more records than any other artist in this decade based on that album and now I have to ask you am I the executive producer of your next album? That seems disrespectful to me. Obviously, I’m looking at something different than everyone is looking at it whether it’s the label, the artist, management… whoever it is.

I’ve had this same conversation with L.A. Reid, because I’m doing Mariah Carey’s album right now. And on her last album, I didn’t have one song on there. But I did Emancipation of Mimi and she sold more records than she sold in the last five years. What part of the game makes y’all not call me? But I’m not going to keep sticking my neck out. But I don’t feel like I’m supposed to ask to produce anymore. People are supposed to come to me and tell me that I’m the executive producer. That’s why I get more kicks working with younger artists.

I can’t even hate on JD here. While I always maintain some things should be said privately, I don’t think he was out of line in saying any of that. What he’s saying is true – he was executive producer on Usher’s last hit album Confessions (I know the new album has been ‘successful’ but I remain ignorant on it) and on Mariah’s The Emancipation of Mimi, so why would he then be ‘shut out’ from the following projects? Not saying it was done maliciously, but still it’s a bit weird?

I never think it’s a bad idea for an artist to branch out and work with other/new producers, but it does seem (and I may be wrong) that these two in particular have forgotten that JD has served up the goods, consistently for them, for a good amount of years – especially in Mariah’s case, who is now back working with him (after her last album taaaanked). Interesting.

He’s also right in saying that he doesn’t really get the props he deserves, even I sometimes forget to really give the man full credit – he’s been producing massive songs for the longest time too. Wonder why that is?

Read the rest of the interview over at VIBE.com

Peace, Love & Jermaine Dupri

Speeakz

Shouts to Y2K



Beyonce – “Why Don’t You Love Me” [Full Video]
Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 5:39 pm
Filed under: Music, Must Watch, Things We're Diggin'

I stan hard for Beyonce (lol), so surprised I had never heard this track before (I know a lot of folk who did, why didn’t any one share with me?). I actually think this ‘bonus’ cut is better than a lot of the tracks that made the final album! As for the video – it’s cute, fun – don’t think it’s trying to be anything more than that though. And while the stans of other artists (GaGa, Rihanna etc) will beef on anything and everything (which I still find strange?) it’s undeniable – Bey looks freakin’ hawt in this here video. Boi.

…But yes, again – I stan hard for this lady lol.

Peace, Love & Beyonce

Speeakz

P.s the more I listen to this track, the more I think I love it.



Jaheim – “Finding My Way Back” [VIDEO]
Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Music, Must Watch, Things We're Diggin', Uncategorized

Jaheim is on the come back, check his new song and video…

…Must say, I have never really been the biggest Jaheim fan (I know, I know, I feel your shock lol) even back in the ‘Just in Case’ days, but I gotta say, I don’t mind this track. It’s not changing my life in any way, but it’s decent. Video is pretty sh*t though.

Peace, Love & Jaheim

Speeakz



Rox – “I Don’t Believe” [VIDEO]
Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 1:23 pm
Filed under: Music, Must Watch, Things We're Diggin'

Here goes Rox’s second single “I Don’t Believe” – I actually prefer this (both the song & the video) to her debut – which I loved lol.

Peace, Love & Rox

Speeakz

Shouts to Pete



Toni Braxton On The Mo’Nique Show [VIDEO]
Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 12:55 pm
Filed under: Music, Must Watch, Things We're Diggin'

Toni Braxton appeared on the Mo’Nique show last night for an interview and performance. The Grammy winner performed her new song “Hands Tied”, as well as her classic “Breathe Again” off her Secrets album. Check the interview above and the performances after the jump…

…Woman looks fine as hell. Damn.

Peace, Love & Toni Braxton

Speeakz

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Jesse Boykins III – “Amorous” [VIDEO]
Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 8:17 am
Filed under: Music, Must Watch, Things We're Diggin'

I guess we can all thank Writers Block and the volcanic ash for this here music video? The WB team brought Mr Boykins’ over to the UK to perform at their second birthday bash at Cargo a few weeks back marking his European debut. And the Volcano Eyjafjallajokull (yep) which erupted in Iceland and halted all flights meant Jesse was able to stay in London to shoot this very video – so, thank you WB & Eyjafjallajokull!!!

…Great video, Dr. Woo killed it with the visuals. London, as always, looks beautiful.

Peace, Love & Jesse Boykins III

Speeakz



Sade – “Babyfather” [VIDEO]
Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 7:59 am
Filed under: Music, Must Watch, Things We're Diggin'
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Probably my least favourite track off Sade’s new album Solider of Love but she looks incredible in this video and with Sade, even the ‘not great’ is pretty great. Lol. I’m pretty confident there is some time capsule type ish going on here though. How else can you explain how amazing this lady looks? Wow.

Peace, Love & Sade

Speeakz