Jermaine Dupri Hopes Frank Ocean Sells 200,000 Albums, Believes He Can Save R&B

Jermaine Dupri has lofty expectations for Frank Ocean, which he explains in an open letter.

Frank Ocean's Channel Orange has garnered positive reviews from media and fans thus far, but one person in particular believes that the album could have a very big impact on the state of R&B.

So So Def CEO Jermaine Dupri penned a letter on his site Global 14, explaining his hopes for the album:

When I saw the # that Frank Ocean is suppose to hit next week, I got extremely Happy,I said I need to get in my car and and listen to this album,by the time I got to “Sweet Life” I was even more happy,finally!! a RnB album that’s hip,with out having the same 5 rappers on every song[.]

Dupri continued, explaining that he hoped Channel Orange would exceed projections that have Frank Ocean's album at approximately 125.000-135,000 based off of iTunes sales alone, and hit 200,000 in his first week. If that were to happen, Dupri believes it could be a wake up call for the music industry.

I actually hope he hits 200k,for the sake of RnB,it’s in the worst position it’s ever been since I started making music,The Record company’s don’t believe in it,Radio won’t play it if it don’t have a rapper,and a majority of the artist that are labeled RnB,are confused and lost,so I repeat,I hope Ocean sells more than the 125k that he’s on pace for,maybe these executives u’llwake the fuck up,or at least try to copy what he’s doing,like they always do, by the way,the end of “Pyramids” jammin like a mufucka.

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104 Comments

  • royce

    whats with all this Frank Ocean this Frank Ocean that...he's not that good...K Young,Kobe or NeYo are way better

  • Anonymous

    FUUQQ YEEZ MY NIKKAS FINALLY IT HAPPENED - JUST GOT A NEW RIDE - A CAM A RO CONVERTIBLE.GOT APPROVED FOR 26 LARGE. BEEN 5 YRS SINCE IVE GOTTEN SHYT APPROVED, BUT NOW ALL MY CRE-DIT SHEET GONE. ALL OF IT. IF YOU STRUGGLING WITH THAT CREDITT HISTORY ISHH, GET RID OF ALL DAT TODAY - CALL THESE PEEPS AT 8^8^8-9-2-7 -3-3-5-6. . THEY DO AMAZING WORK AND THEY ARE CHEAP AS FUQQ. GOT RID OF ALL MY SHYYT IN NO TIME. MY HOMEBOY WAS IN THE GUTTA TOO, AND HE CLEANER THAN ME NOW-gettin a condo!! Hit em up - THEY WILL HELP U!!d

  • Lothari-O

    All these industry niggas are hopin' that he gets popular so they can follow him out of the closet. These niggas can't wait to be gay together. More power to 'em...it's no skin off my nutts. I guess I'm old fashioned...I still like pussy. It never gets old to me.

    • NAPALM

      Word, could'nt agree more. I gave the shit a listen cause of the all the hype but am not impressed. I mean the shit not trash but just ya run of the mill R&B bullshit cats put out these days. I'm convinced all these celebs co-signing this shit are either in the damn closet themselves or just hoping to score some "politically correct" points. These bitch as clowns a co-sign a Jerry Sandusky track talking bout molesting Justin Bieber if they thought it get them some face time. Hmmmmm, that's not a bad idea...they can use the sound slapping flesh against flesh as he bass. SMH!!!

  • BLACK

    WAIT...JD IS STILL ALIVE??? AND HE HAS A WEBSITE???

  • m1keem

    I repeat..he's the greatest thing that's happened to R&B since R.Kelly... Most of the greats were exceptionally different. Example - Leonardo da Vinci was a gay pedophile.

  • subz

    how can JD say frank ocean can save R&B, the music is becoming disgusting, full of weird stuff, degrading what music was about. R&B has been mosit full of crap. No real love songs. The industry is disgusting full of evil and full shit. period

  • QUEZ

    I must admit I can't totally listen to the songs were he says "he" not because I'm a homophobe but because I can't relate but with that being said he does make good music, what happened to the days of good music honestly I don't care if your singing rapping or chanting, good music is good music... and btw your an idiot to think 200,000 in the 1st week is bad. Its so easy for ppl to talk when there not doing shit with themselves smh

    • JoeHighness

      I agree 100% with this post. Maybe in 2000 200,000 would be somewhat average, but with the music sharing era, 200,000 is great as fuck.

  • Anonymous

    how can you buy an album from someone who is singing about faggots? fucking faggots!!!

    • Anonymous

      This guy above me is dumb as FUCKKKK. What nigga? Did u read what u posted?

    • m1keem

      That's like not buying Beyonce's album because some of the songs on there were written by men... and he writes in a way that you can apply the song to anyone, including you and your women.

  • Anonymous

    also, if you guys read any of tyler's comments on frank being gay, he told tyler and the rest of odd future long ago. its old news, he just finally decided to come out to the remainder of the world, which is a respectable thing to do if you ask me.

  • Anonymous

    why does it matter that frank is gay? even if he used it as a publicity stunt, which i doubt seeing as the album was already mixed, mastered, and reviewed (as said below). frank never even said if he was full on gay or not, he said he was in love with a dude once. summers and summers ago. and besides, it's 2012 dudes. whoever has a problem with someone being gay is either a) some inbred hick who's in a committed relationship with his sister or some farm animal, or b) theyre dealing with some closet thoughts of their own.

    • Anonymous

      how can you say that when his mixtape last year has the song "songs for women". i dont see any songs for men on there...

  • yocuz

    ok heres the reason that i think he came out. His music is so honest. And if you listen to the lyrics, and I mean actually LISTEN, you can see that. The same honesty that i get from listening to the college dropout. he came out so he could connect to his audience even more, and it helps his audience understand him more. you can disagree with me as much as you want, but its just my opinion

  • Immortal On My Grind

    Damn. Look at what the music industry comes down to. Now you gotta be gay in order to have some recognition.

  • Anonymous

    frank is gonna be talked about for the next week or so and then you wont hear bout his unless he drops some new shit. hes being reconized now cuz hes declared hes gay. we'll all move on and he'll be forgotten like the other. gay aint right, suppose to be plowin that pussy at night

  • imTravi

    I feel where JD is comin from with this. Frank's album is legit RnB, just like that new SWV album. Authentic R&B...not what people have made it into today.

  • OFWGKTA

    Niggas are getting with that program all day y'all being gay is the new fly shit

  • Shawn

    Did he forget about Trey Songz? Trey is basically holding R&B on his back...

  • Anonymous

    Takes more than one person to save anything.

  • FuckDXNigga

    The publicity stunt worked so now wack niggaz and in the closet niggaz cosigning the gay guy. Oh JD, u are next to come out u fucken fag. I dont know why HHDX is shoving this bitch down our throats. I would smack the horseshit outta this dude fareal. I do not condone homosexuality, thats it bitches.

  • Anonymous

    some say he used his sexuality to promote the album but you gotta realize this, he made the announcement AFTER the album had already been mixed, mastered and turned in AND reviewed by a few critics. Meaning we wouldve found out eventually because apparently he mentioned "him" in 3 different songs.

    • Anonymous

      where is the intellect in this conversation? i keep readin it over and how can you consider someone who is 100% wrong about what they are talking about to be an intellectual. its obvious he used it to promote his album. its not even a question of "if" he did. he did plain and simple. theres always an intention behind what ppl do, ALWAYS

    • Anonymous

      1st n 3rd anon are the same person

    • Anonymous

      I still think it was used in part to push this album

    • ABN

      wooooow. niggas get mad and throw out the word fag when someone else actually makes an intelligent comment. lol 1st and 3rd anon dont even reply to these guys. I dont necessarily agree but at least you made intelligent comments.

    • Anonymous

      3rd anon is a fag too. Defending another guy so much on the internet.

    • Anonymous

      oh shit. you killed that guy! you called him a fag! i doubt anyone will ever call someone that! that shit was so unique.... Did you even read what he wrote?! or is your mind to simple to comprehend when sentences that are put together? if you mean to tell me that what he wrote made NO SENSE to you at all then what people say are true and this site does have the dumbest commentors ever

    • Anonymous

      If u had any sense u would know he used it to promote his whack ass album. And u are still a fag though

  • Anonymous

    all jd's saying is that frank is saving rnb because he dosnt have rappers on every track only 3 and didn't mention his sexuallty because its irrelevant to the music

  • t nelson

    love his quote about r & b joints having the same 5 rappers on songs or any rappers for that point

  • Acesun

    That kid, despite being an exceptional artist, has opened the flood gates for other pop tarts to come out. They are trying to make us numb to this type of lifestyle but you cannot allow them to make you accept this type of homo types as the norm. The Supreme being created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.

    • Lou-Cipher

      The bible also said to cook your son, to eat shit, and that you'll burn in hell if you jerk off. So don't start spewing that biblical shit unless you really follow it, which you obviously don't because no sane human being would.

    • Anonymous

      Also said don't make any graven images or eat the flesh of the pig. Still eating that bacon & have that cross with a dead Jesus on it?

    • Anonymous

      The supreme being also said we will be judged individually. So if they want to live that lifestyle then so be it. Let him judge them when the time comes.

  • Anonymous

    R&B isn't dead. It just doesn't have an identity anymore. Artists themselves, most of them older, are unable to make the transition from 90's sound to today's standard. I will say the 90's had alot of good R&B songs that still hold up today. There's still a market, but both the artists and their labels have to work a lil harder to adapt to the times.

  • Tony

    I haven't commented on Frank Oceans coming out yet..but I will say this. Let's not use FO as an excuse for everyone else to come out. JD, you're gay... come out on your own accord, and get off his sac... (no pun intended)

    • Lol

      There was no pun there anyway. To say "get off so-and-so's sack" means to get off their nuts, it means nothing else.

  • Daniel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RswIrlKhio8 Hey I'm totally new at this., just wanna hear some feedback and thoughts. 20 years, From Denmark.

    • Anonymous

      this comment should be removed..I impersonated HHDX staff and they removed my comments yall better do the same to this motherfucker or its gon be hell to pay...HELL

    • Hiphopdx (Eds.)

      God aften. Friendly advice newbie: Don't post that stuff on here. For one it is not allowed to plug your own music here. Secondly, no one will click your link, so save yourself the effort. Sorry.

  • Bonabo

    ... So what. Bonabo wants nas to do 200,00

  • Anonymous

    Gay is the new trend weather u like it or not.. u support frank ocean pretty soon youll be fucking some dude in the ass or shacking up with one. he is not only singing about women but you listening to it ... they are giving you the code words..open minded lol

  • Anonymous

    Nice letter from the man that stole everybody elses production style for his music "career".

  • Immortal On My Grind

    He's right though nowadays you can't distinguish R&B from rap, every singer wants to rap and every rapper wants to sing. Shit is really fucked up we need to put a fucking end to all of this y'all, stop buying albums from singers that rap and rappers that sing.

    • Brown Land

      You gotta be kidding? So should I ignore K.R.I.T.'s album because the dude sings his own hooks? Please. Rap and RnB have always and will always be together.

  • Fuck R&B

    You can't save R&B by selling 200,000 albums.

    • Anonymous

      i wouldnt say 200,000 is weak. Think about all the r&b artists that have sold more than 200k in their first week in the last 3 years. Sade, Chris Brown and Trey Songz were the last two. Chris Brown did it with his Fame album and Songz did it with his last album. thats 3people. Out of how many singers? thats a feat nowadays.

    • Lil Loc

      ^^^^^^ nigga don't you think I know that??? HAHAHA nobody would ever sell nine million in one week but anyway 200,000 is still weak.

    • @ Lil Loc

      You are an idiot kid.....He's talking first week numbers. Good luck selling 9 million units in your first week. Work on your comprehension before you start commenting.

    • Lil Loc

      Hell yeah noway 200,000 can save some shit if they wanna save R&B they gotta do monster numbers like 9 million or something 200,000 ain't shit.

  • Anonymous

    seriously listen to this fools vocal capability... its average. yup. the game is fucked

    • YouSerious?

      Frank Ocean leaves his impression on people with his songwriting ability, not his amazing voice. If being a successful RnB artist was all about having some kind of amazing voice, all those youtube wannabe singers with nice voices that do covers all day would have deals. But they don't, because they don't have charisma, personality, or creativity. Frank Ocean has all of those.

  • Anonymous

    Im a huge r&b fan and i agree. Other than Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, R.kelly with his last two albums, and Joe, r&b has been lost for years. the so called Artist either wanna be pop stars (usher, chris brown, Neyo), or rappers (Chris Brown again, Trey Songz). its a shame really. just think about it, when was the last time a true r&b record really was big on the radio? i dont personally think frank ocean will be the savior but he can be one of them. Ive been bumping Nostalgia Ultra since it dropped and really dont give a shit about his sexuality because what another man does at home is his own business. as long as he doesnt actually start singing about suckin dick just because he came out as bi ill still support his music

  • Anonymous

    "majority of the artist that are labeled RnB,are confused and lost" R. Kelly. Strike back.

    • Anonymous

      Confessions was 2004. Hes had 3albums since then. Here I stand which was average. Then he went completely pop with the one after that that had OMG on it. And this most recent one was average as well. Without JD and Brian Michael Cox writing ushers shit hes lost as well

    • Anonymous

      ^^^^ you can't ever say that shit is R&B, you wanna know what real R&B is listen to them old niggas like Barry White, Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross.

    • Anonymous

      Usher can make and has made real RnB listen to the Confessions album...

    • Anonymous

      R. Kelly just recently with his last album got back on his real R&b shit. Everyone else from Jerimiah, Usher, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, and all the other new guys that actually have albums out, wanna be r&b rappers or pop stars

  • Anonymous

    FUUQQ YEEZ MY NIKKAS FINALLY IT HAPPENED - JUST GOT A NEW RIDE - A CAM A RO CONVERTIBLE.GOT APPROVED FOR 26 LARGE. BEEN 5 YRS SINCE IVE GOTTEN SHYT APPROVED, BUT NOW ALL MY CRE-DIT SHEET GONE. ALL OF IT. IF YOU STRUGGLING WITH THAT CREDITT HISTORY ISHH, GET RID OF ALL DAT TODAY - CALL THESE PEEPS AT 8^8^8-9-2-7 -3-3-5-6. . THEY DO AMAZING WORK AND THEY ARE CHEAP AS FUQQ. GOT RID OF ALL MY SHYYT IN NO TIME. MY HOMEBOY WAS IN THE GUTTA TOO, AND HE CLEANER THAN ME NOW-gettin a condo!! Hit em up - THEY WILL HELP U!!

    • Got Money In My Ghetto

      HAHAHAHAHA nigga fuck that shit!!! I got money, MONAY!!! M-O-N-E-Y!!! I'm richer than that nigga Bill Gates! Look I'm so thorough bitches PAY to suck my dick nigga you ain't shit fuck you and your credit card LOL

  • Anonymous

    r&b music is Not just for gays...every new male artist who is not gay will have to become bate for jermaine dupi just to get in the industry...

  • Anonymous

    your basically saying its cool for your son to wear a dress because america condones it...r&b music is only suffering because they are turning down good artist they dont fix the gay agenda the Illuminati is trying to impose on black men

  • mark

    Wow looking at these comments I didn't realize there were that many ignorant people who hate gays. And I don't like Ocean cuz hes bi, the man makes good music.

  • Anonymous

    frank did a couple tracks for the watch the throne album... its not the best r&b just producers are cheating out good r&b artist for auto tune... the president says yes to supporting gays.. gays become the new selling point for movies and music

  • smfh

    All this Frank Ocean praise just because dude takes it in the butt? Are you serious? I didn't hear none of these dudes talking about him before he came out of the closet (Besides Nas and later Jay/Kanye) I don't get why everyone loves him all of a sudden just because he said he's fucking gay. I'm straight, big fucking deal. These people jumping on the Frank Ocean bandwagon after the announcement must be closeted gays who are living through Frank or something.

    • aNONYMous

      but his right. The industry is easier for a gay nigga to blow than a straight nigga.

    • Anonymous

      What? Dude has been getting praise for a cool minute

    • Anonymous

      I'm sorry but I just can't see any talent on that dude only thing he does is scream on records and y'all already think he's the bomb

    • Anonymous

      Frank was getting a lot of attention before his announcement it only seems to be that people like (smfh & @smfh) you only started noticing him since he came out...

    • Anonymous

      He wasn't as popular then but the universal acclaim he was getting was from critics not famous people. How many "known" people are actually praising someone when a mixtape drops?

    • smfh

      ^ I don't remember any "known" person outside of Nas praising Frank Ocean around the time that nostalgia tape dropped. Stop trying to rewrite history with this dude. This praise and "save r&b" shit only started when he announced he was gay. Let's be real.

    • amirhossssein

      its because his fuckin album wasnt out there yet you stupid motherfucker and if u think he's getting all these paraises just after and because of getting out of the closet then you must've not heard about a tape called Nostalgia, Ultra biiiiiitch Wiki that shit and fuck off "Despite being a mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra was featured on several music critics' and publications' end-of-year albums lists"

    • lloydc

      gay or not the dude is talented

    • Anonymous

      ermmm... did JD mention that Frank is gay!?

    • @smfh

      co mothafuckin sign !

    • dentaldamboy

      I know one thing for sure...Jay-Z is def gay. The baby isn't his. He can't even get it up for a woman. He has to fuck Beyonce with a strap-on.

  • Bil da Phi_Nam

    Frank's dope but R&B don't need saving. Genre go thru their cycle of lowered quality sometimes. It's people like JD who wants us to think otherwise. I respect his contributions to music but totally disagree with the statement

    • lex

      You're retarded if you think RNB doesn't need saving...I'm a huge rnb fan and i'm gonna have to agree with JD this genre is simply terrible now...every RNB singer sounds the same and they shouldn't even be considered RNB because they sing on some bullshit ass techno beat. There's no RNB singers out now in the mainstream who used to make pure quality music back in the past

  • firealarm

    we're supposed to care what Jermaine Dupri thinks?

  • Anonymous

    Media keep pushing that gay agenda

    • Anonymous

      Dude above me is CLEARLY in the closet..

    • Anonymous

      cosign..NOBODY was talkin about Frank Ocean before all this homo shit..i also agree that Panns is a flaming homosexual..an ol' boy talkin bout stay in school needs to wake the fuck up, hollwood n the media been goin hard tryna promote gay shit..niggaz made the fuckin Green Lantern comic book guy a fag now..shit is gettin outta hand

    • Anonymous

      Gay agenda??..bahahahahahahahahaha!..stay in school kid

    • PANNS IS GAY

      ^^^^^^^^NIGGA U GAY

    • Panns

      Really? The gay agenda? You really think gay people have nothing better to do gather together and put together some kind of agenda? I guess you want us to go back to stoning gays huh smdh

  • D33zyDru.LotC

    I agree with JD.Everything in R&B now is completely covered with Autotune & every singer wants to rap his lyrics at one point.I loved Channel Orange because it brings back what R&B use to be & throws in what it should be at this point.If R&B was like this now it would be way better.No diss to Breezy,Usher & Ne-Yo tho but just stop with all the elctro shit.

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