"I bought a whole record store one day. I went into the store that was going out of business and I told them I wanted all the soul and urban records that they had. I think it was like $1,500. I like to have a big quantity of records so I can really dig and listen to music."
On Working With Usher
"Confessions was the beginning of Usher going through life. Him talking about stuff that he wasn’t dealing with at the time, and then all of that stuff became his life. It was [also] my life. I had a girlfriend, and then I got another girl pregnant at the same time. The words were just up in the air in this room. The stories and the nights that we put into making this album were incredible."
On the Lost Art of Sampling
"I want people to get back to that sample sound. It’s still, to me, the most loved records in hip hop. The younger producers are concerned more about money and publishing so sampling is definitely out the window. Where me, if it’s a hit, I don’t care what the sample costs. I’m not even thinking about that."
Dupri also discusses a conversation he had with Michael Jackson about Usher, and how he cooked up "Money Ain't a Thang," his ubiquitous hit with Jay-Z, an hour before Jigga landed in Atlanta.