(AllHipHop News) Jermaine Dupri found himself in the middle of a social media firestorm when the Songwriters Hall of Famer shared his views about certain female rap stars. During an interview with People, JD was asked specifically about Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and Megan Thee Stallion.
“I feel they’re all rapping about the same thing. I don’t think they’re showing us who’s the best rapper. For me, it’s like strippers rapping, and as far as rap goes, I’m not getting who is the best," said Dupri.
Numerous artists - including Cardi - reacted to Dupri's comments. He then tried to spin the ordeal into a #SoSoDefFemalecypher announcement which was also met with disdain from some of his fellow entertainers.
TMZ caught up with the Atlanta rapper/producer/executive to talk about the female rapper discussion he helped ignite in recent days. Dupri stressed his initial opinion was only about Cardi, Nicki, and Meg.
"I think it's something that's just been brewing before I was even asked the question. I wasn't aware that it's been brewing," offered the 46-year-old industry veteran. "I saw what Cardi said. Cardi started her message off by basically saying, 'Now that Jermaine Dupri has said it, I'm going to address it.' That means to me that somebody else had already said it to her or she's heard it before."
He added, "It's a million female rappers that's out here rapping... What my statement was about was the three [female rappers] [the reporter] asked me about. It wasn't about a general conversation about female rap, but everybody turned it into that... I never said all female rappers. I never said that one time."
Dupri went on to insist he is not sexist despite being tagged with the label for his commentary about "strippers rapping." Additionally, the So So Def Recordings founder stated he does not regret his interview with People. JD then plugged his female cypher.