This concert can’t be copied. You can’t duplicate what I’m about to do. Since Motown 25, this has been a thought in my mind that I wish I could have a label that could possibly do a concert that will commemorate the years that they put in and all the success that happened on the label. I felt like, 'All my artists are alive and healthy and still working' and it just felt like it was time.
On the Evolution of Hip Hop
In '93, when I brought Kris Kross out, rap wasn’t in Atlanta. People were judging what we did as country and like we didn’t know what was going on. Nobody was looking for music coming from the South. Now, New York sounds like Atlanta. Los Angeles looks like Atlanta. I basically was dominating the radio out here with Bone Crusher , The YoungBloodZ and Lil Jon. Where New York radio and club scene is now, it’s funny because I basically was the beginning of that.
On Lil Jon
He learned the business from me. When I first went to Lil Jon and told him I wanted him to be A&R, he didn’t even know what A&R meant. I didn’t really need an A&R but it sounded right. I wanted to be connected to a DJ that was in Atlanta that had a connection to the streets and Lil Jon was that person.