| Bow Wow (courtesy photo)
A lot of the South's 21st-century success can be traced to Jermaine Dupri and his ATL record label, So So Def. During the '90s, JD built his empire on Top 20 singles by Kriss Kross, Usher, and Da Brat, the first female MC to go platinum. Dupri is remarkable for a few other reasons: He is the son of Michael Mauldin, former president of Sony's Black music division; he danced for Whodini during the legendary Fresh Fest tour; and at age 14, he produced his first record. This is also the same guy who green-lighted the cover of Kris Kross' 1993 album Da Bomb, which featured a World War II mushroom cloud over Japan.
| Bow Wow with Jagged Edge |
Sunday, December 21
3201 E. Houston
Jagged Edge comes to SA behind Hard, their so-so fourth album. For 20-somethings groomed on Jodeci and Boyz-II-Men ballads, however, JE offers a warm way to celebrate the first day of winter and these days we need a song like "Where the Party At." •