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

posted Sunday July 15, 2012 at 08:30AM PDT | 104 comments

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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