Jermaine Dupri had a late night with some fellow Atlanta giants recently.
The mega producer attended YouTube Music’s 2020 Leaders & Legends Ball in the Peach City on Wednesday, where fellow producer and hitmaker Dallas Austin was DJing.
And it was far from just the two of them in attendance. As Austin spun Tevin Campbell’s 1993 single “Can We Talk,” the man behind the tune, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds was there, too. The 11-time Grammy winner and his LaFace Records co-founder Antonio “L.A.” Reid attended as honorees.
“That ‘Can We Talk’ hit different,when the song writer and producer @babyface is standing in the front of the DJ booth with his partner LA,oh btw @dallasaustins is the DJ #ATL” Dupri wrote of footage posted to Twitter and Instagram in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
The bash was held to honor the 30-year legacy of LaFace Records, which Reid and Edmonds founded in 1989.
“(LaFace) wasn’t just a record company. People were proud to say that they worked for LaFace,” Edmonds told gala attendees, Essence reported. “I feel blessed to have written the songs I wrote, but I’m just as blessed to have known and worked with the people at LaFace and to be a part of this city. There is no place like Atlanta and I don’t think there ever will be.”
LaFace folded into RCA Records by 2004, but the bond between its co-founders and their fellow Atlanta producers was palpable as they belted out Campbell’s tune.
Many of Atlanta’s major music stars stepped out to celebrate the label. They included Xscape members Kandi Burruss and Tameka "Tiny" Harris, whom Dupri signed to So So Def Recordings in the 1990s.
OutKast’s Big Boi performed with Killer Mike, who was also joined by Harris’ husband, T.I., for a number.
And it wasn’t just Dupri and company who had a ball. Monica and producers The-Dream and Bryan-Michael Cox were seen having a blast at the Atlanta History Center. Other guests included Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Sleepy Brown, who also performed. Plus, the night included music from Atlanta’s Orchestra Noir.
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