So So Def Presents

So So Def Presents

Definition of a Remix feat. Jermaine Dupri & Jagged Edge

So So Def

I want to see the fire-and-brimstone piece of paper, I want sworn testimony from Beelzebub, and I want to see the vial of newborn’s blood Dupri used to ink his deal with the Devil. There’s simply no other way to explain the man’s success. But here he is — more successful than the more talented — with the obligatory remix project. If you like JD, you’ll like this. Even if you don’t, you’ll find some things to like about it. “Welcome To Atlanta,” with Snoop, P. Diddy, Ludacris, and the St. Lunatic, Murphy Lee, has a nice bounce. The Neptunes add nice touches to Lil Bow Wow’s “Puppy Love” and J.D.’s “Let’s Talk About It 2.” Of course, Dupri (like Diddy and Hammer) has the uncanny knack of liberally “sampling” old hits and slapping them onto his productions. While it’s called plagiarism in writing, it’s an easy hit in music. Jagged Edge’s “Let’s Get Married” is a great “Hard Times” remix — even receiving Run’s help here. JE’s “Promise,” which uses LL Cool J’s “I Need Love,” is abysmal, and the use of “Don’t Look Any Further”‘s bass line can’t pump life into Dru Hill’s comatose “In My Bed.”

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