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Jermaine Dupri KICKS OFF So So Def 20th Anniversary Weekend With Bow Wow, Jagged Edge, Da Brat & Xscape

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Last night, Jermaine Durpri hosted an intimate dinner with many of his So So Def artists to kick off the his So So Def 20th Anniversary Weekend. See pics of Bow Wow, Chris Kelly (Kris Kross), Da Brat, Jagged Edge and more inside…

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Last night, Jermaine Dupri teamed up with VIBE, Crown Royal Black, Ciroc, Brand Jordan, UBER and Blackberry to kick off the So So Def 20th Anniversary Weekend.

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The festivities kicked off with an intimate dinner at a top secret location in Atlanta with his artists, including folks like Bone Crusher.  He told everyone, “This is my way of saying thank you for helping me build the So So Def empire. This is a historical moment, so tonight I’m celebrating you. Sit back, relax…I’m gonna serve you. But enjoy it, because that will never happen again!”  

The staff served the guests a lavish meal prepared by Chef Michael Hebb and custom “Afroman” cake by Jaxon Pastries.

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Bow Wow, one of Jermaine’s top selling acts (and biggest mouth pieces) was there to rep for So So Def.  

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Chris Kelly (of Kris Kross) wore his pants backwards, ofc ourse, and showed his support.

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Chris and Bow Wow were later seen greeting one another when Jermaine revealed that it was their first time meeting!  “In all these years, this is the first time that Bow Wow and Chris Kelly have ever met. Bow Wow is a product of Kris Kross, so the fact that we can bring everyone together like this means a lot.”

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1/2 of Xscape (LaTocha and Tamika Scott) were on hand.  While we know that LaTocha will be on "R&B Divas" next season, we can’t help but miss seeing Kandi Burruss and Tameka "Tiny" Harris in this pic.  Oh wells.  We’re SURE Kandi won’t be showing up for the concert as there’s still mixed feeling between her and the Scott sisters.

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Can you believe Da Brat is 38?  You have to admit the chick hasn’t aged much since her debut. 

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"Let’s Get Married" singers Jagged Edge (twins Brandon and Brian Casey) showed some love to JD.  

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Dondria, who has a big following on YouTube, was there.

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"Damn!" rappers YoungBloodz stepped out for the dinner.

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"Never Scared" rapper Bone Crusher was spotted chillin before dinner.

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Dem Franchise Boyz posed for pics with a little "Oh I Think They Like Me" swagger.

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JD’s mother and daughter Shaniah were also there to show their support. 

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Veteran music exec, Michael Mauldin (JD’s father), came out as well.


The So So Def 20th Anniversary Concert is Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30pm the Fox Theatre Atlanta.  And for fans who want to watch, AXS TV will broadcast the show live. For a full list of AXS TV coverage, please visit www.axs.tv/subscribe.


Photos via Thaddaeus McAdams/Exclusive Access

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: “Love & Hip Hop 3″ Star Tahiry Jose Wants To Be The Next NENE LEAKES, Says Ex Joe Budden Put Her Over The Edge Of FAME


Tahiry Jose, the urban covergirl who first caught the public’s eye as Joe Budden girlfriend is set to stir the pot on season 3 of VH1′s hit reality series "L&HH." Check out TheYBF.com’s exclusive interview inside….


VH1 is amped up for season 3 of its urban soap-opera "Love & Hip Hop" (January 7) and this season we’ll see a cast of both new and familiar faces who are full of excitement and drama. 

One of the new faces gracing the small screen will be Dominican model Tahiry Jose (shown atop with co-star Rashidah Ali at Thursday night’s premiere party).  The Harlem native first rose to fame through a series of online video posts from her then boyfriend, rapper Joe Budden (who also stars on "L&HH").

Though the show has yet to debut, the drama between the former couple has already spilled off screen and into social media with the pair bickering about Joe rapping about her on his most recent mixtape, A Loose Quarter


Tahiry spoke exclusively to TheYBF.com about it all.  Here are the highlights:

With many people labeling you a video ho or rapper arm piece, explain the image YOU are trying to convey:

I am being really "real" on tv and it’s not an act. I am hard-working and I’m a college graduate whose grown into a business woman and who’s building my brand. I hope to show the whole world that dating a rapper is not all glitz and glamour and I’m a regular person.  I’m "human."

On how she was “discovered” and began her career in the industry

I started doing blogs with Joe. I don’t think he knew what he was doing….he was just putting the camera on his girlfriend. He uploaded it to YouTube and the world loved it. And now, several years later, I’ve done almost every urban magazine and appeared in the movie, Interlude.

On if she feels like Joe Budden discovered her

I believe he put me out there.  BUT, you could put a camera on anybody and you won’t get the same effect. He’s had a thousand girlfriends and he’s put the camera on each and every one of them.  But there’s a reason why I’m here…..still. He helped me over the edge….

On finding out Joe was a part of "LAHH 3"

I remember the day exactly. I had held onto the contract for a week and I had it in my gym bag. I was just walking and reminding myself to sign the contract, then I got a phone call. They said Joe had signed a contract and he’s a part of "Love & Hop Hop" and my day became CLOUDY. Like literally, everything just stopped around me and I was ‘f*ck f*ck f*ck’. And then I said, what the hell. Who am I fooling? Together or not together, that’s why we got on the show.

On Joe talking about her on his mixtape and VH1 wanting them to film together

In retrospect, everything is funny and you get over situation. But in the moment, it’s my real life. I can’t be mad at VH1, we both signed on for this. But still, there’s also real life happening, I mean what you see on tv is real, but it’s moving a lot slower than real life (the mixtape situation happened AFTER they filmed). So it’s difficult because I am not pretending. But Joe does that all the time. He raps about me all the time and he holds on to sh*t.

On what she hopes to gain from being on "L&HH"

Like I said, I’m just being me and I’m enjoying the ride.   I want to be the next Nene Leakes. Why the f*ck not? Let’s get it. I mean, I been doing this for four years so now it’s time to take it up a notch.

On reservations about going on LAHH and her Twitter gangsters…

I come from blogging about my life but the main thing with this is we weren’t in control. Just knowing that I’m not in control scares me. And now it’s a bigger audience…I mean this is on tv! It’s crazy. But it’s been fun. And on the internet thugs, thing can get quite harsh…I am human. I’ve got a thick skin and it comes with the territory.

On what we expect in the near future?

I am building my empire, which is a little bit of everything. From clothes to music to acting. I’ve covered almost every urban magazine out there….just have a little piece of me everywhere. I’m also looking into opening my own bar/lounge in Florida (South Beach).

Fans can check her out at tahiryonline.com and on Twitter: @TheRealTahiry.

Love & Hip Hop 3" kicks off January 7th, 8p on VH1.

Pics: TheYBF.com/VH1

Dawn Richard Drops “December Sky” Single & Rocks EDGE Mag+Jill Scott Pops Off About Grammy Snub

Singer/Songwriter Dawn Richard just dropped her official debut single on iTunes.  Check out "December Sky" under the cut, plus her new pics for EDGE magazine.


And find out what Jill Scott is popping off about on Twitter….

Former Dirty Money chick Dawn dropped her hot promo pics for her new single just last week.  Now check out "December Sky" off her upcoming solo album GoldenHeart in full below:

And her new pics above from EDGE magazine are looking good as well.  She told the publication:

“I wanted people to literally fall into my heart. And if they could hear each beat of my heart those songs would be the sound. If you took a walk in my heart those songs would be the soundtrack”.

You feelin’ the track?



Meanwhile, "Hate On Me" singer Jill Scott, who copped a Soul Train Award for Best Female R&B and Soul Artist last month, has some ish to say about the 2011 Grammy nominations that were just revealed last night.  Mainly about the fact that neither she nor her homie Miguel got one.

She tweeted just hours ago:

0 nominations. I’m speechless. Cover of Billboard, #1 cd in the country, tied/broke the record for Urban radio. Ok…so…ok. Wow…..

I don’t need a Grammy. I deserve it & I’m clear on that. The Light of the Sun was/is magical . We were lifted & filled w/ truth. I ? it.

No Miguel?!?!? Huh!!!? Again appalled.

excuse me?!?!? No "Love on Top"? This can’t be right…

After responding to uplifting messages from her fans, she said she’s keeping it moving, and happy for her friends who did grab nods:

My head is up. My son is healthy, my family is loving & so are my fans. God is real. Disappointments too still I come thru like a Kung foo.

Thank you all for ur kind words of encouragement. It’s fine. I had a moment of wtf…

At least my girls were nominated. Congrats Ledisi and Marsha

That Light of the Sun album did go hard though…