Jermaine Dupri: Jay-Z Never Told Me Not To Take A Deal With The NFL
Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(AllHipHop News) There is a lot of confusion around the stories connected to Jay-Z and Roc Nation's new longtime partnership with the National Football League. For example, both Brian Michael Cox and Funkmaster Flex claimed Jay told Jermaine Dupri to turn down a similar deal.
Dupri has now addressed the rumors. The Songwriters Hall Of Famer stopped by Atlanta’s V-103 radio station, and he was asked about his conversation with Hov. Michael Cox was also present at The Big Tigger Show at the same time.
"I’m speaking and letting the people know, he and I never had a conversation where he told me ‘don’t do what you’re doing,'” said JD. “What our conversation was: ‘You know what side I’m on. I understand what you’re doing.' That’s what the conversation was."
Funk Flex took to Instagram to suggest Dupri did an about-face due to influence from the league and Jay's entertainment company. The Hot 97 personality wrote, "ahahah! I love you Jermoaine for life! NFL / ROCNATION applying that pressure for YOU to backpedal! (Body Language is everything) ITS WEDNESDAY BRUH? THIS HAPPENED MONDAY? (I finally understand what Kap / Nessa been Experiencing!)."
Dupri told Tigger that he initially thought remaining silent would cause the media to move on from the issue. Apparently, a conversation with longtime friend Da Brat changed his mind. He stated, "When it starts to affect people within your circle, because you don't say nothing, you gotta say something."
JD was tapped to produce a week-long showcase called Super Bowl LIVE in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII. The So So Def founder added, "[Jay-Z] never told me don't do what I was doing. Flex said confirmation. When I tell people that he and I spoke, they run with that. That's not a secret. Everybody knows Jay-Z's my man... I told Flex [that] me and Hov spoke. From there... I don't have no control. Capital letters on Twitter? Wow."