Jermaine Dupri Talks Fling w/ Kandi Burrus, Denies Dating Janet Jackson
Music mogul and So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri is setting the record straight, literally. Clearing the air about rumors he has reconciled with Janet Jackson, the producer also addresses his alleged fling with Kandi Burruss and whether or not it contributed to Xscape splitting. He also chimes in on Bow Wow’s interaction with trolls and comments on Usher’s herpes controversial. Peep the excerpts below.
On the rumors of him and Janet Jackson rekindling their romance:
All of this is a speculation I guess when someone gets single. The fans actually really want to see us back together, so people have been championing this, but none of this is actually true. I dated Janet damn near 10 years. I don’t have to hide. Why would I sneak around with someone that y’all know that I been with? I know her better than the man she met.
On why he doesn’t talk about Xscape:
I never talked about Xscape in the interviews because they broke up. I never understood why they broke up. I just felt like they didn’t want to talk about they own selves.
On if his fling with Kandi Burruss broke up the group:
Me and Kandi, we did have a little thing. But that ain’t what broke the group up.
On Growing Up Hip-Hop: Atlanta:
That’s like our version of [Keeping Up With] The Kardashians. My daughter was born in hip-hop. It’s a realistic show.
On Bow Wow’s recent behavior:
He’s just in a space where people keep challenging him. Even like the Death Row thing. Just so I clear something up for everybody. Bow was signed to Death Row when he was 5-years-old. Not everybody knows this.
On the current trend in the music industry of producers being paid inadequately:
It’s nothing cool about giving somebody something that you created and then they make money off of it and you don’t. But I think that these producers started this. They created this themselves. Not every producer, but I remember the [song] “CoCo” for O.T. Genasis. He live like down in some no-name part of Alabama. This little kid, and he made the beat on his school computer. I went to go sign him and give him a publishing deal. He put the beat up on the internet for $200.O.T. bought it and sold 3 million copies.
On the Usher herpes scandal:
I was in his house, I was sleeping downstairs. I seen it come on my phone and I was like ‘no way’. I ran upstairs immediately and was like ‘yo, please tell me the truth right now. He was like it’s no way possible.’
On his role in bringing Atlanta to the forefront:
I brought people to Atlanta who’s never seen Atlanta. I showed the world [the strip club] Magic City before anyone was out here thinking about it. I had to pay for all the magazines to come to Atlanta. They weren’t out there. I wasn’t like nobody was paying attention to what’s going on. I would fly these people to Atlanta to take pictures and see what’s happening, what’s going in the city. So as far as the culture goes…that was all me.
I don’t get the flag for selling eight million records with Kris Kross. Outkast ain’t sell eight million records in they first album.
By: Martel Sharpe