First up was Cardi B, who didn't come directly for Dupri's neck, but placed the blame on the childish palette of certain music lovers who only want to hear women talk about one thing.
Ahead of his new WE TV documentary "The Remarkable Rise Of So So Def" July 18, Dupri opened up to PEOPLE Now about today's leading ladies in rap and how their sexually-charged lyrical content differs from the time when his artist Da Brat became the first hip-hop female artist to go platinum in the 90s. Without that, he says, there's no innovation. I don't think they're showing us who's the best rapper.More news: Dragon Quest Builders 2: How to Make Farmer's Bedroom
"As far as rap goes, I'm not getting who is the best rapper, I'm getting like, 'Ok, you got a story about you dancing in the club, you got a story about you dancing in the club, you got a story about you dancing in the club, ' it's like ok, who's going to be the rapper?" he continued.
Dupri also shared that he feels like Da Brat broke the mold for female rappers, which you can hear more about above. She then went on to list a number of other female rappers who would fit the bill of what Jermaine Dupri and other critics seem to be looking for, who focus on lyrics and messaging over turn-up anthems and twerking in hot trousers.More news: Twitter acknowledges outages affecting some users
"When I did "Be Careful" people was talking mad s*it in the beginning like 'What the f*ck is this?' 'This is not what I was expecting'". When she released her unexpectedly emotional single "Be Careful", after the enormous success of "Bodak Yellow", she continued, fans were disappointed that she took a different, more vulnerable route. You know what I'm saying? Instead, she made the point that plenty of female rappers don't really talk about sex all the time, and she offered up some examples: Tierra Whack, Kamaiyah, Rapsody, Alabama rapper Chika Oranika. Most people that are at the top like her don't do this often and if they do, it's probably for she's done so much to get here and that goes so overlooked, and I don't think that's right. "Y'all don't be supporting them and they be mad dope".More news: Oil prices rise amid Gulf of Mexico storm, Middle East tensions
"I feel like we need to put these girls in more magazines and blogs. Radio DJs play these girls", Cardi said.
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