*Jermaine JD Dupri has come up with what could turn out to be a pretty good idea. He’s recruited Usher, Robin Thicke, Tyrese and Trey Songz for a cover version of Quincy Jones’ classic 1989 smash hit “The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite).”
The original of course featured James Ingram, Al B. Sure, El DeBarge and the late, great Barry White.
Dupri recently elaborated on how he approached the song:
“It took a minute for me to even think about touching it,” Dupri told MTV’s Shaheem Reid. “It’s a couple of components in that record that you don’t wanna touch – Barry White being one of the main components. I had to leave him [on the song]. There’s nobody out there in the world that’s got a voice like his or even sounded the way he sounded. So I had to make sure I could leave that. It’s gonna be interesting for y’all to hear how these young guys sound mixed in with him.”
On the original “Secret Garden” each vocalist had a verse and an opportunity to sing to the ladies. Obviously it would be crazy to not do the same thing in the remake.
“Luckily, it’s a record that hip-hop really embraced as a ballad,” JD said. “It was a record I lived with so much. I kinda felt it was a record that was a part of my life. So it wasn’t that hard for me to get into it. But I just had to figure out all the ways and who to put on the song. I feel that at the time [Quincy] made the record, each one of the guys had a certain thing for the ladies.”
And here’s something just as interesting. Dupri told MTV that the “Secret Garden” redo will appear on a new Quincy Jones album! But no release date has been announced.