Though fiercely private, Janet Jackson went all sorts of public with her relationship with hitmaker Jermaine Dupri.
The couple famously dated for almost six years before calling it quits in 2009 – the same year Jackson’s brother Michael passed away.
In the time since, both have remained coy about the split and – more broadly – about each other.
Still, with their names very much intertwined, it was little surprise that Dupri was quizzed about his iconic ex – who has since married Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana – while doing the promo rounds at the 2015 BET Awards. Especially given that she was the night’s MVP after receiving the the Ultimate Icon honor.
What did he have to say about Ms. Jackson while speaking with Hot 97‘s Nessa? Find out below, where Dupri also dishes on his blunt approach to working with Mariah Carey.
“I’m a Janet Jackson fan. I think she’s the right person — I think she’s the only person (BET) should be honoring with this award. I’m happy to see that. She’s got a new record. I’m happy to see Jimmy (Jam) & Terry (Lewis) back in the studio. Those are idols of mine and I’m happy to see them doing what I watched and wanted for me and my artists. So to see them make (another) record with her — and I hope it’s the whole album — that’s a teaching to this new generation about how you’re supposed to make records.”
On Earlier Comment That Mariah Carey Isn’t Taking The Music Industry Seriously:
“One thing people need to pay attention is the fact that I am a producer.
One day I had a session with Aretha Franklin and I wasn’t saying anything because it’s “Aretha Franklin.” Then, she got on the mic and said “what are you doing here if you’re not going to tell me what to do?”
From that day forth, I knew what my job was. My job is to say to these artists that I work with when I see a problem or when I feel there is a problem. I am the person that is supposed to speak up and say it.
The crazy thing is that the fans — although they backfired on me about Mariah — they know that I’m the person that’s going to say it to the artist. That’s what I do. If the artist is taking a left turn, I’m the person in the room who’s going to say “the fans are saying we need to do this, let’s do this.” Me and the artists we argue and we go back and forth. But this was not an argument between me and Mariah. And it was no shade to Mariah. Somebody asked me a question about why the press are always saying something bad about her. And I just said, sometimes I think she doesn’t pay attention to “that” enough. I wasn’t saying that she doesn’t take her career serious enough. I won’t say that. I think she doesn’t pay attention to the fact people are always saying something about her, so you have to go above and beyond to make sure it doesn’t happen.”
Put simply, JD is essentially keeping it cute in regard to Janet and, from where we’re standing, spouting a lot of truth as pertains to Mariah.
An educated reading of his comments clearly highlights that Mimi was likely tuning out all the talk about her worrying performances, which in turn won’t help her better them.
Say what folk do about JD, it’s warming to know that not everyone in camp Mimi is a “yes, you slayed that honey” (even though she didn’t) type.