Jermaine Dupri has many accolades to his name. Aside from being a multi-platinum producer, a platinum artist and the founder of So So Def Records, he’s also a member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame – one of a few hip-hop artists even in the Hall alongside Missy Elliott and JAY-Z.
On the latest season of Mogul centered around Screw’s short life, the dizzying rise of chopped and screwed music, and his untimely death, “June 27th” gets an entire episode dedicated to it. In part, the episode shows how Dupri’s contribution of crafting Kriss Kross’ “Da Streets Ain’t Right” eventually led to the most used instrumental in Houston rap history.
“Da Streets Ain’t Right” wasn’t a major hit for Kriss Kross on their third and final album Young, Rich & Dangerous. In fact, it wasn’t even an official single from the album as “Tonite’s Tha Night” was pushed. Somehow, due to Texas ingenuity, it persevered on.
The night was Yungstar’s introduction to the Screwed Up Click and “June 27th” was his first recording with the SUC ever. Big DeMo first spotted Yungstar rapping shirtless and rhyming endlessly. With his birthday tape coming up, DeMo knew the only person he wanted to make the tape more special – was the young rapper with the croak in his voice.
“I don’t even know how Screw got the instrumental,” Dupri said. “I don’t even know where it came from, but I made that beat … I started hanging around Bryan Michael-Cox and more people from Houston; I learned this was their version of ‘Planet Rock.’ Everybody has rapped over this beat. Slim Thug, Paul Wall, you name it. But I never knew. I feel like if this was something that happened in New York, there would be a whole documentary on this sh*t. Or LA. But this was at a time when the South wasn’t getting that look of being creative in hip-hop.”
Listen to the Mogul episode above to learn more about the creation of “June 27th” as both a freestyle and influential Screw tape. The entire six-part mini-series hosted by Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins is available exclusively on Spotify.
Diddy Responds To Jermaine Dupri’s VERZUZ Challenge, Fans Debate Potential Outcome
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The JD/Diddy battle is not a wash on EITHER side. And if you know their catalog you would agree and understand— Low (@LowKeyUHTN) September 15, 2021
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Diddy done lost his mind. JD got Mariah, Usher, Xscape, Janet, Bow Wow…that’s a pretty decent match up. https://t.co/hpYTCnkPwt— :) (@mickizoe) September 15, 2021
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Diddy probably would win but to say a guy that wrote and produced 2 diamond albums when diddy don’t write or produce is hilarious lol https://t.co/5NhEKAADV7— Jerami Watson (@teezythegreat) September 15, 2021
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Diddy called Dre out but this would probably be a better battle. Dre doesn't have the remix and r&b bag these two have https://t.co/xntEn35jXS— 🎃America Is Musty🎃 (@DragonflyJonez) September 15, 2021
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Now, if Diddy could only use the songs that he “actually” produced — pic.twitter.com/22RZDUzXkL— MoneybaggHo (@KirkWrites79) September 15, 2021
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That response from Diddy to JD just shows how southern Black culture continues to get disrespected in Rap/Hip-Hop. JD (Mariah, Janet, Usher, XSCAPE, Luda, etc) *is* Diddy’s equal. Diddy vs Dre would only be for East/West nostalgia, that’s it.— Satta ✨🍷 (@SattaLaFleur) September 15, 2021
IMO, Dre should be against Kanye.
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He literally gave usher a career after diddy failed wit him https://t.co/qpyINzbH8j— Jerami Watson (@teezythegreat) September 15, 2021
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Next time Diddy and Jermaine Dupri see each other after Diddy turned down the Verzuz challenge pic.twitter.com/YcTLekrnb0— Rich (@UptownDC_Rich) September 15, 2021
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I ain’t gon lie Diddy…ya wrong. He made Bow Wow. “Money Ain’t A Thang” was CRAZY. Xscape. Let’s Get Married Remix. Welcome to Atlanta was the 2000s Old Town Road (16 remixes 😭😭jk) Kris Kross. Ushers “You Make Me Wanna”..Bruh I could keep goin. JD is certified steppa pic.twitter.com/ENIW4tpOzB— King Money 👑 (@kiingmoney1) September 15, 2021
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When JD drops this Diddy is in Big Trouble pic.twitter.com/jpHP2jb7Bu— Rod Strickland (@Reemzestilo) September 15, 2021
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Did Diddy forget that you are DEEP in your producer bag?? You got Mariah, Bow Wow, Usher, Xscape, Monica, Da Brat, etc?! Shall I go on?— chaos ✨ (@cutieofcolour) September 15, 2021
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Diddy needs to have respect. Jermaine Dupri is absolutely on his level, and he can get smoked if he doesn’t take it seriously. Like properly slumped.— Scully (@isthatscully) September 15, 2021
How Jermaine Dupri Gave Houston Its Signature Beat – “June 27th” was originally published on theboxhouston.com