THE MOGUL MINUTE : IN ORDER TO WIN THE RAP GAME , YOU HAVE TO STEP IT UP ! WORD TO JERMAINE DUPRI ( THE MOGUL GIRL)
Can you believe that we are three weeks from the finale of
The Rap Game? In three weeks Jermaine Dupri will crown his new
So So Def artist. Over the course of five weeks J.D has tested the kids on their ability to writing/record, style, dance, and now he's testing them on creative collaboration. Jermaine said " Collabs are a big thing in the biz". So this week Jermaine Dupri and Jny Flowers separated the top five into two groups along with their parentgers.
Group 1 consisted of Miss Mulatto, Lil Poopy, and Supa Peach.
Group 2 consisted of Young Lyric and Lil Niqo.
Jermaine Dupri wants the kids and their parents to know the importance of artist being able to work together as artist. On this episode Young Lyric's mom left so her dad could assist Young Lyric because he helps Lyric with her music.
Group 1 and Group 2 were hard at work coming up with a concept, writing, and performing their song. So J.D brought the kids to to the Sound Lab to perform for him and B.Cox. During the practice performance both teams were critiqued and they had to leave with their critiques, go back home and practice their songs.
The next day Jermaine Dupri brought the kids to Redan High School were he was waiting with Silento known for his RIAA certified Platinum single "Watch Me Whip (Whip/NaeNae) . Silento attends the high school and he took the top five on a brief tour of the school and answered a few questions. He expressed to his peers that "It's important for them to be real in their music because once everyone finds out it's not you, it's a wrap". So after spending sometime with Silento, J.D informed the kids that they'll be performing their song in front of 900 kids at their pep rally and they had to go get ready. When the kids stepped into the gymnasium the students were screaming and showing off their school's pride. So it was show time. Young Lyric and Lil Niqo performed their song first and they did an excellent job. They collaborated well together and fed off of each others energy. Their song was fresh and they were all the way live. The crowd was energized and they got into the crowd. The audience and J.D were pleased with their performance. After they rocked the gym Miss Mulatto, Lil Poopy, and Supa Peach performed. Their song was catchy . Miss Mulatto's energy was up, Lil Poopy definitely turned up his performance, and Supa Peach forget her verse. Supa Peach said " She wasn't use to collaborating, so that's why she messed up". So after their performances they headed back to their house in the A. During this time the parentgers were hashing out. Shayne and Precious Peach bump heads a lot and they don't really agree on anything.
So when Jermaine came to do his HIT LIST, he had to reevaluate it based on the disagreements and the bad energy in the house. So this weeks
HIT LIST went like this
1. Lil Niqo
3.Young Lyric and Lil Poopy
4. Supa Peach
This week was definitely about hard work and performance. The top five know that they have to really step it up if they want to win. J.D said next week they really better have their sh*t together because someone is going home next week.
Jermaine Dupri is making it clear that you have to put your all into the rap game. This week Jermaine Dupri tested the kids on their ability to follow direction, and pay attention. It's week four and everyone wants that number one spot. There's a little tension in the house. The parents want the best for the kids so they are definitely rooting for their superstar to come out on top. Jermaine Dupri and his assistant Jyn brought the kids to Dance 411 Studious in Atlanta for a dance workshop with choreographer Sean Bankhead. Sean Bankhead has worked with Beyonce, Ciara, OMG Girlz , and Diddy just to name a few. The girls were excited about this class but the guys not so much. Sean Bankhead taught the kids a routine and then they had to perform for Jermaine Dupri. Despite the challenge Lil Niqo still participated in the class. Nique and Lil Niqo's bond is so strong and to hear her discuss Lil Niqo's medical condition and how he still managed to pull through. That's real love. She works hard for her son and he works hard for his mom. Jermaine Dupri viewed the class and told the boys they have to step it up. He said "Everything that the artist do is written in pen and it pencil it's forever". After Jermaine's Dupri's workout the kids went home to rest. For day two Jermaine Dupri took the kids to a focus group where they were the object of focus. So Jermaine Dupri and Jyn had a group of kids judge their fellow peers on their image, music, and video. These kids were very opinionative and made it clear how they felt about each artist. The artist, Jermaine Dupri, and the parents sat back and watched the kids tell Jyn their likes and dislikes. The girls thought Lil Niqo was cute and he did good . Lil Poopy had a good style but they felt his song sucked. They liked Young Lyric's style and they loved her video. They liked Miss Mulatto's flow, and they loved Supa Peach flow, style, video and said that they would but her music. With critiques from their peers the kids headed back to the house for Jermaine Dupri's
This weeks hit list
2- Lil Niqo
It's official we are four weeks from Jermaine Dupri picking his next So So Def artist. It's getting exciting and the pot is stirring. These kids want that record deal. At this point they're working hard for it. Jermaine Dupri still wants to make sure that the can take criticism, shake off my haters, and continue to see if they are truly a brand. Stay tuned to #TheRapGame
Yo Yo Ya Yo welcome to Atlanta where them players play and we ride on dem things like everyday . On the second episode of "The Rap Game" from executive producers Jermaine Dupri and Queen Latifah, Jermaine Dupri took his five young stars for a ride through Atlanta. He had them meet at the Greenbriar Mall to inform them of their next challenge. He informed them that he was taking them for a ride through Atlanta and that they had to write a rap about what they saw, and then rap about it tomorrow in booth. So, Jermaine Dupri showed them Cameron Rd where Kriss Kross and Outkast are from, the famous Cascade Skating Ring, Old National Highway and then he showed them his childhood home which he said he hasn't been to in 20 years. He let the young artist know he started producing when he was 14 and he recorded TLC and Kriss Kross there. During the kids tour through the A their parents were back at the house wondering what they were up to. Once the kids got back on the trolley Jermaine Dupri turned on the beat produced by Mike Kalombo. So these five artist had their notepads out an pens flying. Jermaine Dupri questioned Lil Poopy because he fell asleep during the ride back home ( Awwww man) . I think it was so cool that Jermaine showed them around the Atlanta and I thought this was a really dope challenge . Once they arrived back to the house they let their parents know about their day in the A. Supa Peach let her sister know that a writing challenge had taken place and Precious Peach her sister tweaked her verse a little bit. The other artist are already questioning if Supa Peach writes her own raps. Miss Mulatto , Young Lyric, and Lil Niqo were definitely ready to hit the booth. So for the second part of the challenge Jermaine Dupri has the kids come to South Side Studio (where Mariah Carey , Bow Wow, and so many top artist have recorded) . So Mike Kalombo , Rufus Morgan, and Jermaine Dupri have each artist come in to record their song, Young Lyric goes first and you could definitely tell she was coming out of her shell and a more confident then she was the week before (because she didn't feel that #5 spot was acceptable). So Jermaine's advice to her was to slow down and to have clarity. Young Lyric was happy because she wrote the verse herself without her dad to critique it. You GO GIRL!! Lil Poopy hit the booth and started rapping his verse with the same lyrics that he spit during his challenge last week. Of course Jermaine Dupri stopped him and had to check him about his verse before he finished his song. Lil Niqo flow and delivery was on point he even dropped his notebook but he didn't really include the things he saw during the tour. Miss Mulatto came in the booth with a verse a hook and her confidence was just super high. Mike Kalombo asked Supa Peach to spit before she got in the booth and him and Rufus didn't feel that she wrote her verse. So they had her go get her book and then rap in the booth. I think this was a very creative challenge. It showed their on the spot ability to write, rap, and perform in the studio. So it's time for Jermain Dupri's hit list. Jermaine Dupri is straight up with these kids and their parents . He's letting them know "The Rap Game' isn't a game and that they have to be serious about everything.Producer Mike Kolombo joined Jermaine to assist Jermaine during his critique.
1-Miss Mulatto (Delivered an actual song)
2 Young Lyric (Mike Kolombo said she was shy but she turned up Jermaine and Mike said she just has to articulate and be more clear)
3 Lil Niqo (Sounded very professional but his verse could've included more about what he saw)
4 Supa Peach (They found out Precious Peach her big sister helps with her raps)
5 Lil Poopy (He fell asleep on the bus and he reused his rap)
Jermaine Dupri is letting these young stars and there parents know that they have to be serious, on point, and be able to handle these task because time is money and this business is important. He also said "Its nothing wrong with being a songwriter or helping with lyrics because he wrote tons of songs for other artist". He just wants these young stars to be able to write, deliver, and perform like a true artist. So week #2 was definitely a really big challenge for them. We are six weeks away from finding out which one of these talented young artist earned their spot on Jermaine Dupri's So So Def record label.
Immediately after the show you know I had to go play Jermaine Dupri's "Welcome To Atlanta" ft Ludacris video on full blast. So make sure you watch "The Rap Game" next week Friday at 10PM/9C.
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