It seems kids these days don’t really appreciate all the hard work and sacrifices that those who came before them had to endure … especially when it comes to these little rap newcomers. But don’t fret, Jermaine Dupri is focused on making sure the future of rap respects the past.
With his show The Rap Game, JD aims to educate the youngins about the legends who laid the foundation for hip-hop. When the super-producer stopped by for #HHConvos, he revealed that no matter how many seasons it takes, he’s gonna get the job done. “People ask me ‘how long is The Rap Game’ gone last; [I say] as long as it needs to last because it’s an education for [the next generation]. This time around, Dupri has welcomed Flau’Jae, Nova, Deetranada and King Roscoe to the house to not only learn hip-hop history, but to be groomed for the future of rap. Oh, but there’s a surprise … Tally returns.
The 17-year-old raptress blew her shot on The Rap Game last season by flubbing her lines. But, although her elimination came early in Season 2, she’s back for Season 3 and she’s definitely ready to take the crown. “I just wanted to see if Tally was as bad as I thought she was or as good as I thought she was,” JD told HipHollywood.
And while JD is focused on his crop of talented teens, when he sat down with HH he also took some time to reflect on the good ol’ days of hip-hop in HOTlanta and how things have changed. Check out the interview below.
Check out the Season 3 premiere of The Rap Game on Lifetime, today (Friday), January 13th at 10/9c.
5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs
If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.
1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.
In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary.
2. He’s funny.
Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.
3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.
In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.
4. He’s a rapper.
His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle.
5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.
The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.
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