It looks like hitmaking producer Jermaine Dupri feels like his ‘Stepped On My Js’ co-star Ciara did just that to him with her recent hit ‘I Bet.’ As the song continues its ascent up charts on the heels of its video, more and more people have begun likening it to Usher‘s 2001 megahit ‘U Got It Bad’ – a similarity Dupri, the song’s producer, says he immediately noticed.
Now, as the dust surrounding Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit ‘Blurred Lines’ settles (see: major legal loss over its copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye‘s ‘Got To Give It Up’), J.D. has taken to Billboard to tell Cici she’s got to give “it” up too – “it” being credit for ripping off his song.
See his fiery quote below:
On Ciara’s ‘I Bet’:
“Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad,'” Dupri said. “I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things. … It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”
Weighing on the Williams/Thicke/Sony vs. Gaye decision on ‘Blurred Lines’:
“I was shocked, honestly. Because it seems more like a sound and a feel and style and a genre and an era, none of which can be copy written,” he said.
Dupri told Billboard that upon hearing ‘I Bet’ for the first time, he, Usher and songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox all noticed the similarities immediately, as well as the tune’s similiarity to R&B singer Tamia‘s “Still,” another song he produced.
He has plans on contacting Ciara’s team to demand credit for the track.
The “shots fired” come barely a year after Dupri similarly slammed Katy Perry‘s hit ‘Dark Horse’ for ripping off his Dem Franchise Boys production ‘Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It.’