Jermaine Dupri is weathering the hailstorm of disses thrown at him by Dr. Dre's cliquesters and focusing on putting out his label's albums (see "Eminem, Xzibit Call Dupri 'Cockeyed Midget' On Answer Track"). Earlier this month, JD was contemplating taking the Coast to Coast remix of "Welcome to Atlanta" off of the upcoming "Like Mike" soundtrack and adding it to his own remix album. He's obviously followed his heart.
That cut, along with a few other song reconstructions, will appear on a So So Def remix EP due out June 18, according to a spokesperson for his record company. The "Like Mike" soundtrack, which drops July 2, won't be hurting for star power, though: He has more than enough material to fill that project out.
"It's gonna have three new Bow Wow songs for the Bow Wow fans," he said. "The first single is called 'Basketball.' Me, Bow Wow and Fabolous redid Kurtis Blow's 'Basketball' (see "Bow Wow, Jermaine Dupri, Fabolous Form 'Basketball' Team"). I'm talking to Puff now, he's got this Faith remix with Freeway on it that [producer] Just Blaze did. I'm about to get that if I can find more money. Jagged Edge got a song with TQ on there. Roc's got a record on there, we did a 'Take Ya Home' remix with everybody from So So Def on there, and Da Brat has a new record on there."
As for when JD's female hit accomplice will end her hiatus and drop her own project, Dupri said, "When she's ready."
"She ain't really been gone that long, only for like a year," he insisted, even though Da Brat's last album came out in 2000. "Like I said, she has a new song on the soundtrack and her album is coming. We still working, it has to come out right."
Dupri will have somebody repping for the ladies this summer, however. Newcomer Fundisha, who's getting a strong buzz with "Live the Life," is scheduled to drop her debut, Lessons, on July 23. So So Def is also planning to release the album from new jack rapper Tigah on July 30.
Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Sway Calloway