By Adam S. Levy For Dailymail.com
Jermaine Dupri on Wednesday stressed that he’s ‘far from a sexist’ in clarifying remarks he made about ‘strippers rapping’ that led to a rebuke from Cardi B.
‘The one thing I want to make sure I’m clear on, is people keep saying, “sexist” – I’m far from a sexist,’ the 46-year-old rapper-producer told TMZ. ‘Let’s not do that, let’s not do that, that’s terrible.’
Dupri spoke with People last week, and was asked his opinions on three surging artists: Cardi B, Nicki Minaj and Meghan Thee Stallion.
The latest: Jermaine Dupri, 46, on Wednesday stressed that he’s ‘far from a sexist’ in clarifying remarks he made about ‘strippers rapping’ that led to a rebuke from Cardi B, 26
The Welcome To Atlanta artist replied, ‘I can’t really say; 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’s the best.’
The I Like It songstress, 26, then took to Instagram with a rebuke for Dupri as she said she’s giving her fans what they want, and doesn’t represent the genre in its entirety.
‘Okay guys I have seen a lot of people saying nowadays female rappers only talk about their p**** and now that Jermaine Dupri brought it up I’m going to say something,’ the Bodak Yellow rapper said. ‘First of all, I rap about my p**** because she’s my best friend and second of all it’s because it seems like that’s what people want to hear.’
She continued: ‘When I did [the track] Be Careful, people was talking mad s*** in the beginning like, “What the f*** is this? This is not what I was expecting.”‘
Out and about: The Welcome To Atlanta artist was snapped in LA Monday at a WeTV event
The Grammy-winning music star, whose full name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, added, ‘It’s like if that’s what people ain’t trying to hear, then I’m going to start rapping about my p**** again.’
Cardi justified her content in noting that there are many ‘female rappers who rap their a***es off who don’t talk about their p****’ – and don’t get strong fan support.
Dupri, speaking with TMZ Wednesday, said he was simply adding on to an ongoing discussion in regards to the image and content of contemporary female rap artists.
‘It’s something that’s been brewing before I was even asked the question,’ Dupri said. ‘When I saw what Cardi said, Cardi started off her message off by basically saying, “Now that Jermaine Dupri has said it, I’m going to address it” – that means to me somebody else had already said it to her – or she’s heard it before.’
Dupri told the outlet he ‘never dissed anybody’ and was only speaking about the three artists he was asked about.
‘There’s a million artists rapping, there’s a million female rappers that’s out here rapping,’ he said. ‘What my statement was, was about the three [artists] that she asked me about – it wasn’t about a general conversation about female rap, but everybody turned it into that.’
Stepping up: The rapper said of her material, ‘I rap about my p**** because she’s my best friend and second of all it’s because it seems like that’s what people want to hear’