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Whats the Play? with Anthony 'Play' Douglas

MEET UP: Mr. Play and Jermaine Dupri

IF YOU know me, you know I love me some 90's music – so you'll understand why I'm stIll buzzing from meeting Legendary producer Jermaine Dupri at the So So Def studio in Atlanta.

He produced sooooo many of my favourite childhood songs from Kris Kross 'JUMP' to Da Brat 'Funkdafied'. What I admire most about him, is with all that he's achieved, he's still hungry for more. It was amazing to listen to him talk about working with Mariah Carey back in the day to some of his current projects like his show 'The Rap Game' with the same drive and enthusiasm. I really hope his So So Summer 17 tour comes to the UK.

On April 27, it was the 56th anniversary of Sierra Leone's Independence. For those that don't know, my mother was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. So in celebration, I went on DJ Abrantee's AfroBeats show (he's on every Saturday at 11pm) to represent Sierra Leone and mama dukes and play some Salone artists, including Nasser Ayoub, Double Bangz and LXG.

The support from the Sierra Leone community all over the world has been phenomenal and a little overwhelming to be honest. But I honestly believe that I have a duty to assist the artists of Salone in holding their own amongst some of the best Afro-Beats artists in the world.

To start the process, I'll be doing a bi-monthy mix for Abrantee's AfroBeats show on Capital Xtra, which will showcase some of the finest Salone artists from around the world. Watch this space...


NEW VENTURE: Mr. Play and DJ Abrantee

"The Unsung Hero" is a title that has been associated with me for a very long time. I've helped A LOT of people, and sometimes don't get the credit I feel I deserve.

Joseph 'JP' Patterson is another Unsung Hero who needs to be saluted for the work he does behind the scenes and isn't always credited for.

Read our quick q&a with the Complex UK Editor below:

Who is Joseph 'JP' Patterson?

Google me, fam [laughs]. Nah, I'm playing. I'd like to think of myself as a God-fearing, humble person that definitely knows what he's worth and what he can bring to the table. I tend to put others before me a lot of the time – which hasn't always been sensible – but that's what happens when you've got a clean and pure heart. I just like to see others develop, grow, and win, and I try to do my best to help that happen – be it on a music industry level, or a personal one. That's me, man. I don't know what else to say...


UNSUNG HERO: Joseph 'JP' Patterson

What made you get into journalism?

I feel like I've told this story a million times, but I basically started out throwing parties – much like yourself. It was mainly grime-focused, and the first one I held was in 2007... So I've been in this game for a little while now. That same year, I decided to start up a blog in my own name to push my rave flyers, as well as sharing my thoughts on the latest underground sounds. But my grammar was terrible, bro. It's still not the best! [laughs]

But I started reading proper music writing about grime and began to follow the whole music journalism thing, reading blogs, columns etc. I literally taught myself how to write, with the help of God, and here I am today. It hasn't been easy, but I wouldn't change the journey.

What words of wisdom would you give your younger self?

Don't worry about what others think of you. You're here for a reason. You're a boss in your own right and no one can take that away from you.

What do you like most about what you do?

I like sharing my opinions on music with the masses and people respecting it. I always say that I'm not the best writer, but because I know what I'm talking about, it's always respected. And that's a great feeling, to know that what you're thinking and saying isn't in vain and it's helping the development of an artist.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?

Because you're family, I'll give you an exclusive: I'm starting up my own music platform. I won't share the name and when it's launching just yet, but just know it's going to be epic! So I see that growing and becoming a leading force in British youth culture, and the aim is to grow the platform to be many different things: a record label, a management and events brand, and so on and so forth. There's already talks happening about that, so just watch this space!

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