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The First Songs by Legendary Rap Producers BY AL SHIPLEY

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Jermaine Dupri

Song: Silk Tymes Leather “New Jack Thang” (1990)
Label: Geffen

Among his various accomplishments, Jermaine Dupri may be the youngest Svengali in pop music history. He’s enjoyed a long career of mentoring adolescent talents into superstardom, from Kris Kross to Lil Bow Wow. But J.D. was only a teenager himself when he took his first group under his wing, a trio of female rappers that called themselves Silk Tymes Leather. True to its title, “New Jack Thang,” the rest of the group’s 1990 album It Ain’t Where Ya From…It’s Where Ya At aped the trendy New Jack Swing sound of the time—making the sample of Ad-Rock proclaiming “it’s the new style!” a bit ironic. When the group failed to become the next Salt ‘N Pepa, J.D. moved on to build his So So Def empire.

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