So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri’s opinion of female rappers didn’t sit well with one high-profile artist in particular, and that would be Grammy-winning Cardi B.
In an interview with People Now, Dupri found himself at a loss for words when asked who his favorite current female rapper is. After explaining how Da Brat “broke the mold,” he added that female rappers “have been able to sustain and sell a lot of records” since that time. Jermaine said, “I feel like they’re all rapping about the same thing. I don’t think they’re showing us who’s the best rapper. I think they’re trying to… For me, it’s, like, strippers rapping. As far as rap goes, I’m not getting who is the best rapper.” He went on to say that he’s getting stories “about you dancing in the club,” and he hopes someone will “break out of that mold.”
Cardi B posted two Instagram videos on Thursday, answering criticism of what female rappers make music about, and defending their (and her) subject matter, as well as to shout out “dope” female rap contemporaries who deserve recognition. Cardi said, “Put these girls more on y’all blogs,” adding, “We need to support them.”
Doja Cat also weighed in, asking, “If you were right, then how do I know so many female rappers that are so qualified and so talented and so clever who don’t just talk about sex?”
On Friday, Dupri revealed that after “calls, DMs, angry tweets and other messages,” he’ll be creating the #SoSoDefFemalecypher.”
After all the calls,DMs, angry tweets and other messages saying “I am a major gatekeeper in the hip hop world,why don’t I invest in a female who is out here hustling and making a name for herself?” I decided to create the #SoSoDefFemalecypher, details coming soon pic.twitter.com/Nyxl5KpPXZ— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) July 12, 2019