Jermaine Dupri Reunites The So So Def Roster For 25th Anniversary Tour Dates
Jermaine Dupri and his So So Def Records artists past and present have announced a tour stretching across the United States. The 2018 Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee confirmed his So So Def 25th Anniversary Cultural Curren$y Tour dates. Notably, the producer, rapper, and decorated record exec will be joined by many on his label, including Xscape, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, Anthony Hamilton, Bone Crusher, YoungBloodz, Dem Franchize Boyz, and J-Kwon.
The 11-date tour kicks off in Washington, D.C. on October 14 and will make its way cross country until concluding on November 2 in Los Angeles. Tickets will be available beginning on Friday, August 3. In a statement accompanying the tour schedule and lineup, Dupri expressed his excitement for hitting the road again. “Blessings are bigger when you share them. One of my biggest blessings is to be able to go tour with all my artists. I can’t wait!”
The dates and locations are as follows:
October 14: Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
October 18: Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
October 19: Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
October 20: Greensboro, NC – Coliseum
October 21: Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
TBD: Chicago, IL – United Center
October 25: Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
October 26: Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum
October 28: Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
October 31: Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
November 2: Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Once a backup dancer for Whodini on the Fresh Fest Tour, Jermaine Dupri earned a name by producing and writing Kris Kross’ Totally Krossed Out LP in 1992. While Daddy Mack and Mack Daddy were signed to RuffHouse/Sony Records, Dupri opened his imprint the next year. The roster would include Atlanta, Georgia-based R&B act Xscape, whose first three albums went platinum. He followed with Da Brat, a Chicago, Illinois rapper influenced by West Coast G-Funk. The label also achieved success with artists such as Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, and Anthony Hamilton. JD also became a star on his label with a platinum debut in 1998.
As noted as the label’s penchant for ATL-based and young artists, Jermaine Dupri’s “So So Def” productions and remixes became an institution. JD co-wrote and produced #1 singles for Kris Kross, Usher, Monica, Mariah Carey, Paul Wall, Alicia Keys and others.
In late 2014, So So Def released Jagged Edge’s J.E. Heartbreak II.
#BonusBeat: The So So Def the tour was released earlier this year: