Cardi B Claps Back At Jermaine Dupri After Controversial Comment About Women Hip Hop Stars — ‘It’s Like Strippers Rapping’

Cardi B took to Instagram to clap back at Jermaine Dupri after he made several controversial statements regarding female hip hop artists. Dupri, who spoke about women artists during an appearance on People Now, made inflammatory statements about the current state of the industry and the talent of modern women hip hop artists. But as any Cardi B fan knows, she’s not going to sit around and let a man disparage her work and that of her hardworking peers. Cardi B had a few choice words for Dupri.

Jermaine Dupri says it’s all the same 

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Jermaine Dupri rubbed a lot of hip hop fans the wrong way this week when he claimed that the state of artistry in women’s hip hop is stagnant. He seemed to indicate that women artists should be looking to their roots, and started out by discussing the influence of Da Brat.

“Brat was the first female artist to go platinum, so we together broke the mold… and since then female rappers have been able to sustain and sell a lot of records, more records than guys, but before Brat that wasn’t happening,” said Dupri to People.

Jermaine Dupri was then asked how he feels about current stars, such as Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and the up-and-coming Meghan Thee Stallion. Dupri 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.”

He added, “I feel like at some point somebody is gonna have to break out of that mold and talk about other things. Rap about other things besides that.”

What’s especially embarrassing about this comment is the fact that there are plenty of hip hop artists, including those he was asked about, who write excellent songs about a diverse and challenging array of topics — has Jermaine Dupri just not been listening to enough women artists? It wouldn’t be a big surprise when it comes to men talking about women in art. 

Cardi B fires back 

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In an industry that’s already pretty male-dominated, it’s easy to see why a man making sweeping statements about all women artists and telling them how they ought to be performing might not go over well. And honestly, kudos to Cardi B for taking up the mantle and pushing back.

In a series of Instagram videos, Cardi B called out Jermaine Dupri for his comments. “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,” started Cardi B

“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,” continued Cardi B. 

She went on to add, “When I did ‘Be Careful‘ people was talking mad s*** in the beginning like ‘What the f*** is this?’ ‘This is not what I was expecting.’” “Be Careful” focuses on Cardi B’s experience with heartbreak. 

“It’s like if that’s what people ain’t trying to hear then I’m going to start rapping about my p**** again,” she explained.

How does Jermaine Dupri expect hip hop artists to sell albums if they don’t write for their audience? For Cardi B it’s clear that there’s a degree of artistic frustration wrapped up in what sells well versus what she’d like to be writing about most of all, and that’s not the fault of the artist, but rather the consumer. 

Fans react to Jermaine Dupri’s comments

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Cardi B’s fans and peers alike fully supported her comments. One Twitter user wrote, “It’s actually disheartening to see so many people come for Megan, but Jermaine Dupri has a whole lot of nerve. Yes, Megan throws that a** on a daily basis. She can also rap 80% of your roster under the table. So what about it?”

Another Twitter user wrote, “Jermaine Dupri talked all of that mess as if to suggest he was rapping about anything ‘different’ when he had his career behind the mic. The nerve…As if the industry isn’t CURRENTLY flooded with male rappers who literally all rap about the same s***. Hate to see it.”

Artist Cashflow Harlem backed up Cardi B on Instagram, commenting, “Facts. Consumers pretend they want ‘real lyrics‘ etc but don’t support those type of artist!”