If you following me on Instagram and/or Twitter you may have noticed my live accounting of the festivities. The show was also shown live on ASX-TV and quickly became a trending topic on social networks as Jermaine pulled out all the stops to celebrate his 20 years of musical influence on Atlanta and beyond.
While the event proved to be successful, it wasn’t without it’s share of controversy. I’ve been told there was a lot going on backstage and apparently many others heard the stories as well.
That being said… check out performance video from the event below PLUS an email I received yesterday from an ‘A-town fan’ (who asked to remain nameless) about their personal accounting of the So So Def 20th Anniversary concert and the drama that may (or may not) have occurred…
from: (e-mail removed at sender’s request)
date: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM
subject: SoSo Def 20th Anniversary Concert – Did you miss the shade?
I couldn’t help but notice that you attended the SoSoDef 20th Anniversary concert on Sat. night. I mean you were on Twitter and Instagram all night-no shade! LOL
Anyway, since you were obviously on your phone all night I thought you might have missed all the shade being thrown throughout the concert. I decided to help you out since your readers might wanna know what else they missed, if they weren’t there to see it for themselves.
First of all, security told me that before the show even started the members of Jagged Edge were arguing backstage, so much so that security had to break it up. Why? No one but those fools really know. I personally feel that all their
broke ‘A’zzes need to shut up, beg B. Cox for some tracks, and make another CD like that first joint.
Next, why did Bow Wow try to have a concert of his own. Everybody sang a couple of hits and sat it down. Mr. 106 & Park clearly had a moment and wouldn’t shut the hell up. We were not feeling him or that long dragged out performance.
Atlanta’s mayor Kasim Reed must have been busy Saturday because he sent ex-radio host Frank-Ski in his place to give Jermaine Atlanta’s award for the “entertainment commisssion”? what ever that is.
Then, Usher’s steal the show self, comes and takes over. J. D. couldn’t get him off the stage either. I couldn’t believe that Usher admitted to us all that he got mad at Lil John over that ‘Lovers and Friend’ track. Maybe he’s growing up in his old age or maybe he just put the X away for the evening. I dunno, but it was history to see them all perform again for the first time.
Lil John was acting like he was not coming back on stage with Ursh and Luda, but he came out, being the quality gentleman that he is. (By the by, Lil John killed that battle with JD.) He is truly the KING OF CRUNK!
Lastly, did anyone else catch Jay-Z calling JD a m***ucker and telling him that he was not there to do no concert? Maybe cause I was in the pit, we were the only ones that caught it. That was a classic moment! But since JD put him on the spot the Jigga Man, being the class act that he was, came back out to give the fans what they wanted.
And Umm, why did prima donna Mrs. Cannon not perform or at least hum a few bars? That’s okay, because when she didn’t come out, that sanging R&B QUEEN of Atlanta, Monica Arnold-whatever his last name is, turned it out!!! That girl can flat out blow! She sang Love All Over Me and shut it down. Studio singers can’t compete with that! As an after thought, I don’t blame Mimi, I wouldn’t have opened my mouth either! LOLLOL
All in all, this was an epic event and something that most people will never experience in their lifetime, kinda like that Freaknick of ’93!
You think Diddy will try to do a similar event? Naw, probly not cause all his BadBoy artists are either suing him, in jail, or dead. Oh well! Again Kudos to Mr. Dupri for an unorganized yet phenomenal evening.
An A-Town Fan 4-Life
Wowzers! That’s a great lil summation there so there’s not much for me to add besides my cosigning the fact that Jermaine’s So So Def 20th Anniversary Concert was phenomenal.
Honestly, I’m just happy that the “surprise” guests all came through like they said they would. Major props to JD and the So So Def Family and here’s wishing you 20 more good years in the biz!
— Monica(@MonicaBrown) February 24, 2013
[Just FYI – I’ll add other video footage from the concert as they become available.]
**Update #2: Kris Kross Performance…
Anthony Hamilton SoSo Def Performance…
Nelly SoSo Def Performance…
Did you watch or attend the concert?
What are your thoughts on JD’s 20 years of musical influence?
Photos: Thaddeaus McAdams/Exclusive Access
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