This past Sunday we got to attend the final night of Jermaine Dupri’s 14/14 project- 14 dates and 14 cities playing host to social mixers commemorating JD’s Global 14 project along with The Crown Life program. It was a star studded night- Bow Wow, Charlie Baltimore, Royce Da 5’9 and Joe Budden were in attendance, along with many young taste makers. The shindig was sponsored by Crown Royal Black and there was even some Qream for the ladies. Music was played noticeably low, to contribute to the aspect of networking as opposed to blatant partying.
So just what is JD’s Global 14?
Todd Williamson, WireImage Jermaine Dupri is depending on his entrepreneurial spirit to carry him into the future. The Grammy Award-winning producer just officially launched a new website and social networking community called Global 14. The site, which is supposedly the “coolest, hippest city on the Internet,” originally came to Dupri when he was the president of urban music at Virgin Records and working with longtime collaborator Janet Jackson on marketing her ’20 Y.O.’ album.
“I created a contest for Janet’s album where I went to the Internet and asked fans to create an album cover for her,” Dupri told AllHipHop.com. “That was the beginning of me engaging people on the Internet. It was overwhelming and it was the most records she ever sold in her first week. That let me know the people wanted to be involved.”
For Dupri, his site is different from more popular platforms like Facebook and Twitter because of his presence and accessibility at the top. He feels that users, which are mostly from the hip-hop and R&B communities thus far, will have something in common with him and look to the site as a comfortable, fun place to hang out.
“None of those have an owner that you actually know and feel like you have something in common,” he continued. “People only know the Facebook owner [Mark Zuckerberg] now because of his money. You wouldn’t have hung out with him before you knew what he did. I have an influence on producers, songwriters, artists and creative people in general.” Theboombox
Here’s a video JD’s camp did of the night:
And just for kicks, here’s Bow Wow ( when he was still Lil ) in “Bow Wow That’s My Name” from 2000.
ANNNDDD Da Brat’s video for “Give It To You” with JD on the drums, circa 1994
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