Jagged Edge Reunites With Jermaine Dupri, Reveals Central Role In ATL's Takeover

Exclusive: With Jagged Edge releasing their eighth studio album, J.E. Heartbreak Too, they detail JD's return and what the group means to Hip Hop and R&B's southern dominance.

Jagged Edge hasn’t been away in quite the you may think. The Remedy was released in the middle of 2011 and debuted at number 35 on the Billboard 200. You’ve also been hearing the ghost of their sound pop up in acts everywhere, as straight up Hip Hop artists dip their toe in the super group’s unique brand of HipHop tinged R&B. But, it is a reunion of sorts. Jermaine Dupri, who unceremoniously seemed to walk out on the quartet at the height of their fame when things began to sour between the world-renowned producer and Columbia Records, rejoins making music with the group whom he helped pioneer a sound that dominated the R&B charts in the late 90s and early aughts.  

At the height of their prowess, Jagged Edge was moving units in a way that most artists in the MP3 era could only envy. Almost all of their chart topping singles went gold in their own right, and that doesn’t begin to mention that the album that cemented their stardom, J.E Heartbreak, went double platinum and the other albums singles “Let’s Get Married” and “He Can’t Love You” peaked in the top 15 of the Billboard Top 100 for a combined 45 weeks. 

And now all the pieces are back in place to recreate that magic, if with some caveats. The foursome brings us J.E. Heartbreak Too as a joint venture between their company Hard Case Records and So So Def, and is also tapping Bryan-Michael Cox to help get them there. But can there brand of R&B truly dominate the charts again with Hip Hop encroaching on their lane? And why don't people immediately think of Jagged Edge when Atlanta’s supreme musical status gets invoked? 

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  • rideonemjixxer

    Ive always liked Jagged Edge. Although I saw Wingo perform a couple years ago and came onstage late and drunk as shit. Dude sounded horrible and couldnt remember his verses so he just did the "yeaahhehehahahahaeehhhh" singing thing and just sounded lost.

  • D-Train

    Props to Jagged edge, they are really dope group and I hope they go back to their old style that they used on there first albums... To make things clear the south runs POP commercial radio that has zero substance.... When NY ran shit they played good music, today you have to be terrible to get on the radio....NY radio sold out just like all radio stations across the country....Non of them play hip hop....

    • Fact

      Another bitter ny person mad at the south. You all are like roaches no matter what you all just keep coming back. J Cole, Big Krit, K Gates, Currensy all lack substance right? FOH