Jermaine Dupri infuriated several female rappers when he equated them to “strippers rapping” during a recent interview with People Magazine — including Cardi B.
Following the backlash, the So So Def mastermind announced a new So So Def Female Cypher. He made the reveal on Friday (July 12) Instagram.
“After all the calls, DMs, angry tweets and other messages saying ‘I am a major gatekeeper in the hip hop world, why don’t I invest in a female who is out here hustling and making a name for herself?’ I decided to create the #SoSoDefFemalecypher,” he captioned the image. “details coming soon.”
Dupri originally stated he feels current female rappers only rap about one topic — sex.
“They all rapping about the same thing,” he said. “I don’t think they’re showing us who is the best rapper. For me, it’s like strippers rapping. As far as rap goes, I’m not getting ‘who is the best rapper.’ I’m getting, like, you got a story about you dancing in the club, YOU got a story about you dancing in the club, you got a story…OK. Who’s gonna be the rapper?”
Naturally, Twitter is divided. Dupri’s comments on female artists were deemed invalid by the countless people who quickly reminded social media Dupri once said Beyoncé wouldn’t last.
But of course, there are plenty of people who also think Dupri has a point. Others are calling it a PR stunt intended to get his cypher off the ground.
Check out the reactions below.
Jermaine Dupri is the same short nigga that said Beyoncé will not be here in ten years. Years later in 2016, he was one of the opening acts at Beyoncé's sold out stadium tour lmao… His opinion on women artist is invalid.
— Karabo (@Karabo__p) July 12, 2019
lol @ jermaine creating a female rap cypher. you can’t invest in nobody. worry about all those careers you promised those kids on that t.v show that have went nowhere pic.twitter.com/oGF0D3Cy76
— k💖 (@noguava) July 12, 2019
Jermaine Dupri is correct, but he should have been honest about these male rappers.. They're trash. No originality, no lyrics, no substance, just a bunch of bullshit. With the exception of a handful of artists, today's Hip-Hop is garbage.. pic.twitter.com/leMjyKJdBS
— Mr. Supercalifragilisticexpialidopeness (@BlackHippy77) July 12, 2019
You think Jermaine really came at this properly? He shit on female rappers then said oh sorry here’s a cypher so you can prove to me you can rap. That’s corny as hell
— Scotty (@NET_ChrisB) July 13, 2019
Jermaine Dupri: All the female rappers sound the same it’s just like strippers rapping
All the girls on the tl: pic.twitter.com/YmMaOOFE43
— ѕнαwтy αrαвια (@badandbrownn) July 12, 2019
Funniest thing about Jermaine Dupri setting up a cypher is its perfect marketing for femcees with substance and bars. Nigga is a genius 💀💀
— 🏁 ℕℰℰℤᎽ (@NeezLouize) July 13, 2019
Jermaine Dupri could’ve said a week ago he was going to do a female cypher and it wouldn’t have floated on the TL once but soon as he says something controversial now everyone cares LMAO prosper black man
— Jefe Jon Velli (@YGARTTD) July 12, 2019
Jermaine Dupri really had the nerve to sit and say that female rappers rap about the same thing when a majority of the male rappers out right now are rapping about nothing but sex, money, and drugs pic.twitter.com/c1YSlAFuF6
— Kayla Taylor (@kaylamofff) July 12, 2019
Tierra Whack sounds nothing like Meg Thee Stallion. Meg sounds nothing like Dreezy. Dreezy sounds nothing like Kash Doll. Kash Doll sounds nothing like Coi Leray. So, I’m confused by Jermaine.🤨 Also, are we going to forget that a lot of male rappers rap about the same stuff too? pic.twitter.com/G6l1joUlqr
— Isha Thorpe (@IshaThorpe) July 12, 2019
The funniest thing about this Jermaine Dupri situation is that when he had a female rapper right in front of him that wasn’t spitting about sex and lyrically was in her bag when she was under 16 (Deetranada) he didnt sign her. (See “The Rap Game” season 3) pic.twitter.com/VmdsBxBYYc
— NT 🏁 (@iamntyrell) July 12, 2019
Jermaine Dupri made a true statement about female rappers today. Many of them are rapping about the same thing. I understand where he is coming from because Jermaine produced one of the greatest female spitters EVER, Da Brat.
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) July 12, 2019
Top selling female artists: All rap about their pussy & stripper like shit….
Jermaine Dupri: they all rapping bout the same stuff it’s like stripper rap…
— White Henny Connoisseur (@shermstickz) July 12, 2019
Jermaine Dupri’s statement just speaks to male rappers not viewing women as peers. He’s lumped all the women in the industry together labeled them as strippers and went ahead bout his business
— Bernadette🌺 (@baileyayanna) July 12, 2019
Didn’t Jermaine Dupri cheat on Janet Jackson with a stripper???
You valued strippers over JANET MF JACKSON and have the nerve to talk shit!💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/tKFOi4aSgy
— slizzard kelly. 🔺 (@TheDreadheadRed) July 12, 2019
So I guess Jermaine Dupri is gonna skip over the fact that damn near every male rap is about popping pills, drinking lean, selling drugs, partying, and money. Typical misogynistic hypocrisy. pic.twitter.com/2uIYCLDFhE
— ⚡Jamocha Thunderclap 🍫 (@MirandaLovesGD) July 12, 2019
LMFAOOO @ Jermaine Dupri ignorant ass comment of female rappers only rapping bout the same thing when male rappers have rapped about money sex & drugs FOR YEARS. Oh the double standard. Anyways 8 female rappers have charted on BBH100 so far, the most in any year💁🏽♀️
— rojelio (@rojelioooo) July 12, 2019