June 22nd, 2018

Jermaine Dupri looks back at legacy on eve of latest honour

By John Carucci, The Associated Press on June 14, 2018.

This May 24, 2018 photo shows music maker Jermaine Dupri during an interview in New York. Dupri will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 14. (AP Photo/John Carucci)

NEW YORK – On the eve of being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jermaine Dupri was thinking about legacy.

He was asked about his thoughts on R. Kelly, whose music has been removed from commercial playlists after the singer was accused of sexual abuse.

Dupri worries that punishing artists by removing their music can hurt the industry, especially when it’s based on allegations.

He wants people to “consider the bigger picture,” but that doesn’t mean he condones their behaviour. Says Dupri: “There should be some kind of consequences to doing wrong.”

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