Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri perform “Money Ain’t a Thang” before the sold-out crowd
Posted by | Ray Cornelius
Atlanta was indeed on fire Saturday night as hip hop mogul Jermaine Dupri hosted an epic concert to celebrate So So Def’s 20th Anniversary. The Fox Theater stage was like a “who’s who” in chart-topping acts, as everyone from Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Usher, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Nelly, Lil Jon, Monica, Kris Kross, Bow Wow, Anthony Hamilton, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Xscape (Latocha and Tamika Scott), T-Pain, Lil Scrappy, Youngbloodz, Bonecrusher, Dem Franchize Boyz, J-Kwon, Dondria, and Pastor Troy took the sold-out crowd on a musical trip down memory lane.
Everyone enjoyed the sounds of classic songs like “Money Ain’t a Thang” (JD & Jay-Z), “Jump” (Kris Kross), “Yeah” (Usher, Ludacris, Lil Jon), “Who Can I Run To” (Xscape), “I Gotta Be” (Jagged Edge), “Welcome to Atlanta” (JD, Ludacris), “Give It 2 U” (Da Brat), “I Think They Like Me” (Dem Franchize Boyz), “Coming From Where I’m From” (Anthony Hamilton) and so many more!
Overwhelmed by the energy of the crowd and the support and well-wishes of his celebrity friends, Dupri was humbled: “Wow…this is crazy,” he said. “We did it! Thank you everyone – the fans, the artists…ain’t nobody f’in with my clique!”
American Idol judge and musical diva Mariah Carey, wheeled out a cake at the end of the show, saying “Congratulations to my friend, JD!”
Check out a few highlights from the red carpet and lots of pics from the show:
Anthony Hamilton and Bow Wow
R&B vocalist Carl Thomas on the red carpet
Chris Smith of Kris Kross
Bonecrusher and Brandon Casey of Jagged Edge
Dem Franchize Boyz on the red carpet
Da Brat and Monica representin for the ladies
Lil Jon, Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri
So So Def’s Dondria and actress Davetta Sherwood heat up the red carpet
Young Jeezey and T-Pain
Love and Hip Hop ATL’s Lil Scrappy
Sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott of Xscape
Comedian Joe Clair
Mariah Carey congratulating JD/Nelly performs
“I’ve made more hits with this man than anyone else,” said Usher, acknowledging Dupri on stage.
Photography Credit/Exclusive Access, Paras Griffin, Sly White and MyCJB Photography