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>> hello and welcome to "good day street talk," antwan lewis reporting. celebrating black history month this morning by taking a look at those who have inspired the next generation including dancer and choreographer juice jamison, the living legend. and a little bit later we're going to see how master p is sharing his secrets of success with today's youth. but first, i had a chance to sit down with jermaine dupri who's known for working with janet jackson, usher and mariah carey. he's looking for the next generation of talent on the rap game, a reality competition series.
>> tell me about the concept and -- >> the rap game is basically i bring five young rappers to atlanta, basically, from the age of 12-16, and i basically put them through a jermaine dupri boot camp and, you know, i give them this artist development trial and drill every week, and you see them go through things of, like, if they can write their own lyrics, can they dance, can they dress, do they know how to have a conversation with people when they do interviews, everything that goes into creating a star. >> sounds like the old motown finishing school -- >>3100% -- 100%. [laughter] >> a lot of people say you are. i know you may shy away from the title mogul -- >> no, no, i've actually got another show coming on june 28th
so i don't shy away from that. >> he took diana ross and marvin gaye and smock key from the projects and -- smoky from the prompts and smoothed them out to these household names. >> 100%. everything that i do i try to emulate what mr. gordy, mr. berry gordy did in motown. >> now, what would make this different from, let's say, your voice or the "american idol," you know, type shows? >> well, this is giving you a view of what you probably wonder what happens once somebody wins on "american idol." this is the actual process that it takes to actually get, put out a record in the music business. you know, one of those shows that's showing you this week we've got you singing somebody's song, next week somebody else's song. you never actually hear them singing their own songs until they actually say it's on the radio somewhere. you never actually hear or see them going through the process of people writing songs for them and them having a difficulty
this is just, you never see none of the process that's happening on my show on those shows. >> when you look for talent and resume that's very, very impressive as far as the careers you've launched, but what is that it factor now in this day and age versus when you were helping out a starting-out usher or mariah carey? what's the it factor nowadays? >> the it factor is still the same. artist. you can tell that they, you can anyway. i can tell a genuine star as soon as i see them. if they've got a little thing in their eyes, they talk a certain way, they move a certain way, i can tell, oh, this is going to be, this person's going to be something. >> when you talk about mentoring, which is what you're doing and giving back, why is that important to do? >> well, i don't know how important it is for me, you know, i don't know if it's important, i just know that it's in me, you know, i pattern myself after what berry gordy
he signed michael jackson at 5, stevie wonder at 11. i found kriskros at 11 and 12, the majority of my artists i all worked with when they were teenagers or young. it's just a thing that was brought to me, and i saw it, and i'm like, yes, i'm going to do this, and i'm going to do it the way that i know how to do it. it just is a perfect fit for me. >> you've been in this industry a long time. you're mentioning names and songs, you know, that i remember from when i was in college and things. when you talk about -- it's not, it's not an easy business is november gate successful all -- to navigate all these years. you've managed to do it, your artists certainly have, but a lot of artists don't have the same trajectory as some of the others. are you prepared with the rap game? are you letting people know it's not always balloons and flowers? >> oh, yeah, every end stowed somebody crashes -- episode somebody crashes, and it's
looking at thinking they're a front runner, you know? like on this week's episode, you should watch. i had the kids actually perform at a school, and one of the artists have a problem with their lyrics, and one of the artists, the artist i'm talking about is a front runner for the fans at home. >> when you are also going on at the same time, i just want to make a quick right to get your thoughts on something, the oscar controversy and what many are feeling as a lack of diversity for performing artists, the actors. just your thoughts. >> i believe that it starts at the core, the base, the bottom, and i might be thinking corporate, i might be thinking from a business perspective, but i believe that we need more -- probably, we probably need more blacks on the board of what the board of who nominates what and who says what. that's where the core of a lot of these shows actually, you know, that's where the problem actually is, i believe. and like i said, i'm not, i
i'm just looking on the outside looking in, but that's what i believe. and i'm sure if you crack that open and look at the inside, i'm sure it's not a young person like myself or even younger person like myself on the board of the oscars. >> when we look at some of your contemporaries, you, sean combs, master p, you know, you were all young men when you were starting out with these music 'em pures -- empires, you know? it happened in that degree to you. is that something you have to pass along to the people on the rap game to say, you know what? just because it happened for me at this age and that fast -- do you run into people saying i want to be the next jermaine dupri -- >> no, i definitely don't hear people saying -- [laughter] the majority of people just want me to help them be who they are. i was 19 when kriss kross came out. i wasn't even 21 years old.
>> yeah, huge success, you know, that's hard for me to tell you, hey, you should do that, you know? there's a lot of hard work that came prior to me getting to that success. >> who were your role models? you mentioned berry gordy. [laughter] >> berry gordy, quincy jones, teddy reilly, steve jobs. just creators and inventers, and, you know, people that have a passion to create. and you can feel the passion when they talk and they speak about what they do. >> yeah. >> you know, proud southern atlantan. did you think at this point when you were a little kid that you would be a name, a big name in the music industry, in the little boy? was that an ambition that you had? >> nah, not when i was little. smaller than i am now, i was playing football, and i wanted to play sports as a young kid.
i was, like, i had to start filling this hunger for being in the music industry or being a part of the music industry in some kind of way. >> you like the direction it's going? i mean, you survived this east coast/west coast thing, you know, from like you said an outside looking in, just being in the industry itself, and now hip-hop has become the biggest selling or depending upon which month it is of whether it's country or hip-hop music, you know, biggest selling music genre there is. >> yeah. just a cultural period. record sales are not where they used to be, but the culture of hip-hop is at a space that it's never been in, you know what i mean? and i love it. i think, like, you know, i've been doing interviews every other day, and people are like why do you have a tv show on lifetime? because that's what hip-hop does. hip-hop moves in places that you think it's not supposed to be at, and we make a home there. >> let me ask you something. people have been trying to figure out who lucius on empire is based upon.
certain names mixed around, some said they thought it was maybe based a little bit on jermaine dupri. >> really? >> some of of the -- not all of the characters. have you heard that? >> never. i mean, i could imagine, you know, it's the same -- i didn't go to jail or nothing like that. >> right. that's why we knew you didn't. >> a lot of little curves there. i stayed away from that side of the world. but at the same time, the way that, you know, that the company's created, the way the company moves, the way lucius goes in there and creates artists, i don't watch a lot of "empire," but from what i've seen, it could, you know, there's similarities. i believe that they've taken pieces from all of the moguls and created a show. >> that's what we'd heard also. when you think about black history month, what does that mean to jermaine dupri? >> a much-needed celebration, you know what i mean? we probably need a year as opposed to a month just because
music, so much great culture, so many great people. and i don't think a month is long enough to talk about the greatness of, you know, of our culture and our people. but, i mean, you know, it's -- we got it, so let's celebrate it as hard as we can. >> best piece of advice you were ever given, and if you would share with us who maybe in the industry gave it to you? [laughter] >> my good advice is a funny one, but it's a good piece of advice. one day they love you, the next day they hate you. just make sure you get paid for both days. [laughter] >> last question -- [laughter] last question before you go, mr. dupri. when you -- how does it make you feel when you, let's say you're at a club somewhere or whether here, whether atlanta, whether on the west coast, and let's say "jump, jump" comes on or you don't know what you've got til it's gone by ms. jackson, when you see who's jumping to it and
people, you don't see one particular race, you see everybody just appreciating your music. as a producer, a writer, a performer, how does that make you feel when you see that? >> it's amazing. i was just saying this last night. i was doing a thing for usher, and i was telling him when i see the crowd sing lyrics that i've written, i'm blown away. you know, when you're in there writing, you don't actually -- you don't even pay attention to that part. some people might, but i don't even think about, you know, i'm just writing, trying to write the best song i can possibly write and say words that just come to my head, you know? especially for me, i didn't finish high school. so, you know, people look down upon me as a person that probably didn't have a good, you know, i didn't finish my education, and people probably think i'm not the smartest people in the world. some probably think that. so when i see that, you know, i it just gives me butterflies, wow, these are lyrics, words
thought, you know, this person probably would never say or come up with anything like that. so it's very, very special. >> the rap game airs on lifetime. >> yeah. 10 p.m., 9 central on friday night, this friday. >> this friday. >> yeah. >> all right. happy black history month. >> all right. >> come back and see us again. >> all right. >> when we return, you're going
modern master behind the >> this morning we celebrate a modern master, dancer and choreographer judith jamison. her roots run deep, and the beauty she inspires has delighted audiences for decades. >> the dancer is music. you know? we're the notes come to life. >> my name is judith jamison, i'm the former artistic director of the alvin hailey american
>> if a dancer's worth their weight, you will see them in motion, life motion, you know? and your breath will be taken away. i was born in 1943. it was a very, very intense time in philadelphia artistically, spiritually, emotionally, racially. i was growing up with mother's day parades on new year's eve with people in black face. there were things going on there that i'm glad i grew up with. career. people ask me sometimes, well, did you know you wanted to be a dancer? it wasn't a matter of wanting to you needed to be. i needed to be a dancer. i didn't know that, but it came to me. there are always people before you that just inch the door open
can get a foot in. alvin gave that to all of us because we're living on his afterburner. all the good things that he did for us so that we can exist now, and it continues. >> bravo. >> there it is, there it is. >> right. [applause] >> mr. hailey and i met in 1965. he was there at this audition that donny mchale was giving. and i failed that audition, because i was really bad. i hadn't danced for three months, because i was working at the world's fair. right? pushing buttons at the log flume ride. don't ask. so as i was leaving the building, there was a man sitting on the steps. but i was so upset, i walked past him. and about three days later that man that i passed on the steps
like to be a member of the alvin hailey american dance? you know, this is how you know you're guide. you just know you're guided. i was one of his muses. he had several muses. there's a history there that's quite wonderful, and some of the ballets are still being done like pride, which is this one. mother, mother, mother, mother, save your child. >> 15, 16-minute solo. that's very difficult to do. once the curtain went down and there was thunderous applause and people kept applauding and kept applauding, that opened all kinds of doors. >> i'm so proud of not just this generation, but the generation before them and the engeneration before that, that i was responsible for making them lift themselves even higher than they thought they could.
connection with your soul and to, hopefully, connect with someone else's. >> will they remember you just for how high your leg went or how many peer wets you did -- pirouettes you did, or will they be touched in the inner most part of their being? that's what dance is supposed to for you. >> and coming up, saving a piece of baseball history from the ravages of time. the big makeover on deck for
>> it does need a lot of work. but sometimes the things that need the most work and the most love are the most important, and this is really about the future of patterson not today or tomorrow, but maybe 20 years out. >> if you can look beyond the structural cracks and old, rust ared ticket bars of the stadium in patterson, new jersey, mayor joey torres says there is still hope. >> i believe that by restoring the stadium and bringing life back to it, we're actually going to create revenue, it's going to affect the economy, but we're also going to put people back to work. >> the stadium first opened back in the 1930s and was home so so -- to some of the original negro league. larry dove i have, the first african-american in the american league, played here. but then in the 1990s this stadium closed and fell into disrepair. in 2013, a glimmer of hope. this was the first baseball stadium to be declared a national historic landmark. >> we're standing right in shallow right field.
>> more than 20 hall of famers, josh gibson -- >> brian is with friends of the stadium, a volunteer nonprofit group. he says a recent donation of $300,000 from american express means those rusty ticket booths can be restored. >> and that's our first major corporate donor. so we're hoping that this could maybe have a trickle effect, and maybe we'll see more folks coming forward with some monies. >> but there is a long way to go. a complete makeover remaking interior and exterior walls and renovating the field will cost between $30-$40 million, so they need more corporate donations. >> the stadium has to be returned to its rightful owners, and that's the people. it should be used for high school sports, football and baseball, but concerts, boxing matches, rodeos. >> i could close my eyes, and i could hear east side stomping on the benches making some noise, and i could hear kennedy on this side making some noise. >> that's a good thought.
star, father and entrepreneur, but today master p is playing one of his favorite roles and taking us along. >> i feel like i'm a life coach. >> we're heading to frederick douglass academy in brownsville, brooklyn, a tough neighborhood that didn't even have a high school until 2001. to talk to the kids about education and financial literacy. >> education is so important. like, it changed my life and, hopefully, i can inspire other people in these kids that your education starts right there. you don't have to be embarrassed about getting good grades, you know? like, it's important. it's going to change your life in the future. >> cool to be a nerd, i love it. >> yeah. you know what? like, when people would say to me, oh, if somebody tell you you a square. yeah? i'm a rich square. >> started in the ghetto, i'm cook in the hills. >> worth $350 million in 2013 according to "forbes". >> we here. you know, i grew up in poverty,
next generation, i feel like kids can look at me and say, you know what? p come from where i come from, and if he decided to do what's right and education is so important, maybe it might be a good thing. [applause] who knows what financial literacy is? everybody want to make money, right? so what are you going to do with that money when you get it? there was one old lady in my neighborhood named miss irene. she said, boy, you're going to be a star. everybody else saying, boy, you gonna be nothing. i'm telling all you guys you gotta believe. it's easier to catch up now than to catch up later. staying in school -- >> from frederick douglass we head to the plaza hotel to chat business the self-made star. you talked so much to the kids about the importance of education, and i know you went to college and majored in get started?
classroom, i mean, no amount of money could pay for the education that i have. i feel like i have a billion dollars' worth of knowledge. right here, million dollars, i got a check for a million dollars. >> you told them an amazing story about how you turned down a million dollars. i saw their jaws drop when you started telling that story. >> i had $500 in my pocket, and the owner of the company, they had just signed puffy, they had just signed suge, and those guys was pretty big at that time. they said you gonna be the next guy, i'm going to give you a million dollars. >> who was that? >> jimmy ivine. i opened up doors to another deal, i got the first hip-hop deal which was -- well, not just hip-hop, i think in any music genre, an 80/20 deal where i got 20. it was a distribution deal. so at that time i think that changed the game. it changed hip-hop. >> was there one thing that was, like, the smartest investment
really bad that you laugh about? >> i invested into this technology that'll be coming out real soon. i got the master camera that'll be coming, so you'll be able to download your videos directly to youtube. been work on that for maybe like six years. i think the worst thing i ever did was buying the gold ceilings. i never could get my money back out of it. [laughter] >> do you worry about that, that someday something could happen, or you know if it did, you'd just build it back up again? >> i come from new orleans. the hurricane might wash everything away, but people -- the strong people will get back up. so i don't do -- i don't live for money, i make money. i could always go back to the projects. i tell people all the time, i'm like instant grits. i can make money, just add water. >> you'll always think of of something new. >> just add water to me, i'm going to be all right. [laughter] >> we thank you so much for
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