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So So Def 25

Sony Music’s Certified Classics, Legacy Recording’s division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip Hop and R&B catalogue, releases Jermaine Dupri Presents So So Def 25 compilation in conjunction with the iconic Atlanta-based hip-hop label’s 25th anniversary. Artists set to appear on the compilation include Jermaine Dupri, Jay-Z, Kris Kross, Xscape, Bow Wow, Anthony Hamilton, Jagged Edge, Ghost Town DJ’s, Da Brat, Aaliyah and many more. The compilation also includes the tracks Jagged Edge’sLet’s Get Married (Kanye West Remix) featuring one of Kanye West’s first verses as well as the explicit version of Da Brat’s Da B Side featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Jermaine Dupri which features a rare alternative verse by The Notorious B.I.G. Listen to the project Here.

Additionally, in honor of 25 years of So So Def, fans can customize their own So So Def 25 logo by uploading a photo and sharing it with their friends now at https://Certified.lnk.to/SoSoDef25_Logo.

In celebration of his recent induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the 25-year anniversary of So So Def, Jermaine Dupri sat down in front of a live studio audience to answer questions from fans and talk about his life and career in an exclusive SiriusXM Town Hall for The Heat (channel 46). Hosted by Dion Summers, Dupri was joined by Pimpin (Jamall Willingham) of Dem Franchize Boyz and Bow Wow (Shad Moss). Listen to the Town Hall today, Friday, June 29 at 5 pm ET on The Heat with encores Saturday, June 30 at 12 pm ET and Sunday, July 1 at 12 am ET. It will also be available On Demand after the 5 pm airing HERE.

In conjunction with the release, Dupri and his So So Def family will hit the road for the upcoming So So Def 25th Anniversary, Cultural Curren$y Tour. Additional details to be announced at a later date.

So So Def 25 includes essential smash hits, iconic remixes and deep cuts from the labelߣs quarter-century catalog and more.

Woody McClain to Reprise Role in “The Bobby Brown Story”

NAACP-nominated Lead Actor Woody McClain is reprising his role as Bobby Brown in BET’s The Bobby Brown Story, which follows Brown through highs and lows both personal and professional as he settles into new roles as a husband and father. The direct sequel to The New Edition Story is set to premiere in September as a two part television event.

Woody was recently nominated for Outstanding Actor at the NAACP Image Awards for his depiction of Bobby Brown in The New Edition Story, while the show took home the award for Outstanding Limited Series. The New Edition Story pulled record ratings, attracting 29 million total viewers during premiere week, making it the network’s highest-rated and most-watched telecasts since 2012.

Soon after the premiere of The Bobby Brown Story, he will be seen on the big screen in Canal Street playing “MayMay,” set to release in Fall 2018. His recent projects also include a role in USA’s series “Unsolved,” a scripted true crime series based on the murder investigations of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

Woody McClain was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and raised in Jacksonville, Florida before moving to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue a career as a professional dancer. He has since performed with numerous artists including Chris Brown and Fifth Harmony.

After excelling in his career as a professional dancer, he began creating original social media content and noticed very quickly that he had a gift for making people laugh. In fact, Woody signed with Kevin Hart’s production company, ‘HartBeat Digital’, in December 2015 to produce content after his version of Hart’s “Permission to Cuss” skit went viral and caught Hart’s attention.

Alongside his acting, he has teamed up with Kevin Hart for a streaming series in which he plays Kevin, based on Hart’s most iconic stories and stand-up bits available via Hart’s streaming video service, “Laugh Out Loud”. McClain is the creator, Executive Producer and star of Stories With Kev, with Hart serving as Executive Producer.

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Michelle Cadreau x “Dominate”

Hip-hop lyricist Michelle Cadreau has developed a writing and rapping style with both subtlety and introspection to reflect her Native Canadian Indian and Polish ancestry. With four CDs to her credit, the Hamilton, Ontario melds hypnotic and soulful beats with her trademark urban poetry to create a performance style that is equally juxtaposed and complementary.

 

Given the native Indian name Blue Sky at birth by her grandmother (who was born on a reserve in northern Ontario), Cadreau has a tattoo on her back of blue zebra stripes in the shape of an eye with the inscription ‘Blue Sky.’ It is a physical reminder of her spiritual relationship to the earth and heavens and her family.

 

With musical influences that include Biggie Smalls, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg, Cadreau proudly emulates their style. Her ideas often come from a word or phrase that sparks inspiration and builds from there.  She also credits her parents for her love of music. Both played in bands most of their lives – her mother (a nurse by profession) is a vocalist and drummer and her father a vocalist and bass guitarist.

 

Like her mother, Cadreau also plays drums, having begun lessons at age five. She is also an accomplished painter and jewelry designer and has a degree in interior design. Her connection to the visual arts has been a foundation for her lyrics, which paint pictures of the joy and pain of life.

 

Among her releases is the breakout number, “Precipitation,” an articulate and explicit song that boldly details a rapper giving a slam performance for fans; “Like a Killer,” uses boxing to symbolize violence; and “Hip Hop Clerk” is a commentary on making it in the music industry.

 

Also included is “Ineffable,” a look at fan adulation; “Give Me The Prize,” a nod to intelligence and the rewards it can provide; and “Tallest Mountain,” a heartfelt look at making your way up the hip hop ladder. Her strongest response by far from both fans and critics online has been for the song “Ghetto Survival,” which equates creating powerful rap music with persistence and success.

 

Cadreau is using her lyrical deftness and distinct vantage point to create music that is true to her while paying homage to the complex backstory of rap and hip hop.

 

For more information: 

www.michellecadreaulyricist.com

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