by Jermaine Dupri
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For more than a decade, Jermaine Dupri has produced chart-toppers for hip-hop and R&B acts from Kris Kross and Lil' Bow Wow to Mariah Carey and TLC, while as an artist, he's also lent his offhanded rhyme flow to hits by Jay-Z and Janet Jackson. So it's no surprise that on his second solo offering, Instructions, the beat wizard capitalizes on his winning streak. Jigga (Jay-Z) and P. Diddy may get more press for their egocentric ways, but JD predates his flashy New York colleagues by a few million records sold, and throughout Instructions, Dupri rarely allows us to forget it. On the disc's aptly titled first single, "Ballin' Out of Control," he catalogs his abundant wealth: ten cars, a Lear jet, and plenty of jewels bling-blingin'. JD never strays too far from flaunting his cheddar or prattling about his pimpin' prowess, and by mid-disc, his "don't-hate-me-cuz-I'm-rich" shtick wears thin. Fortunately, his knack for pairing catchy, danceable melodies with well-selected guest appearances overshadows his shameless self-promotion. Neo-soulman Bilal drops a Curtis Mayfield-style falsetto over a simmering funk groove on "Supafly." Later, on "Yours & Mine," JD raps while his So So Def label staple Jagged Edge croon over a Timbaland-esque beat accented by sexy coos and moans. In fact, Instructions features some of Dupri's best beat science to date -- from the skeletal piano arrangement and handclaps of "Welcome to Atlanta," featuring Ludacris, to the haunting synths and skittering drums of "You Bring the Freak out of Me," featuring Kandi (formerly of his girl group Xscape) and his longtime sidekick Da Brat. Just as the title of Jay-Z's 2001 tour de force, The Blueprint, suggested the ease and success of his formulaic approach to hit making, Dupri's Instructions takes a paint-by-numbers approach that's like a 101 lesson for wannabe-large beat makers and rhyme writers everywhere. If you wanna score a hit, take your cues from the master!

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2001
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998583023
catalogNumber: 85830
Rank: 189742

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jermaine Dupri   Primary Artist
Freeway   Track Performer
Trey Lorenz   Track Performer
Da Brat   Track Performer
Usher   Track Performer
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Bass
Manuel Seal   Track Performer
Too $hort   Track Performer
UGK   Track Performer
Xscape   Track Performer
Nate Dogg   Track Performer
Katrina   Track Performer
Jagged Edge   Track Performer
Kurupt   Track Performer
Manish Man & Da Syndicate   Track Performer
Clipse   Track Performer
Skeeter Rock   Track Performer
Jadakiss   Track Performer
Field Mob   Track Performer
Kandi   Track Performer
Ludacris   Track Performer
Bilal   Track Performer
Backbone   Track Performer
Pimpin' Ken   Track Performer
R.O.C.   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jermaine Dupri   Producer,Executive Producer
Brian Frye   Engineer
Phil Tan   Programming,Engineer
Emmanuel Dean   Producer
Julian Alexander   Art Direction
Neptunes   Producer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Producer
Kasseem Dean   Composer

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Instructions 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
J.D is one of the most biggest producer that ever been in the hip-hop industry.Sice his debut he give the whole world hits after hits in colaborations with Ludacris(Welcome to Atlanta), Nate Dogg(balling of control).First superhit (Welcome to ATl) was an anthem to his city and J.D himself sayd that" that song was an invitation to all the people to came and visit this beatiful city".The second song is very hot.Why?.Because his beates go exactely in your heart and J.D in that song presents his lifestyle.This album was made for the parties.All the album is greatest, and you'd better buy it.