Jermaine Dupri stopped by “People Now” on July 11 and was asked who some of his favorite female rappers are.
Before the question came up, he spoke about working with Da Brat early in his career and how she became the first platinum-selling female rapper.
Then the music exec gave his take on today’s female MCs after he couldn’t name his favorite.
“They all rapping about the same thing,” he said. “I don’t think they’re showing us who’s the best rapper. For me, it’s like strippers rapping. As far as rap goes, I’m not getting who’s the best rapper. I’m getting, like, OK, you got a story about dancing in the club, you got a story about you dancing in the club, who’s going to be the rapper?”
Cardi B was one of the first female rappers to respond later that Thursday and explained why she often raps about the same topic. Cardi then named other female rappers who’ve been celebrated for their lyricism but still seem to be under the radar.
“First of all, I rap about my p—-y because she’s my best friend,” said the Bronx-raised artist yesterday in an Instagram clip. “And second of all, it seems like that’s what people wanna hear.”
“When I did ‘Be Careful,’ people was talking mad sh-t in the beginning, like, ‘What the f–k is this? This is not what I expected. I expected this, I expected that,'” added Cardi. “So it’s like, if that’s what people ain’t trying to hear, then I’ma start rapping about my p—y again.”
Doja Cat, who had a viral hit last year with her song “Moo,” also responded to Dupri.
“Jermaine Dupri just said that all girls in the rap game, all they talk about is dancing in the club,” she said Thursday on Instagram. “You have to listen to music to know that it exists.”
Doja then rattled off a list of female MCs who she believes have a wide array of subject matter in their songs, people like Tierra Whack, Young Ma, Angel Haze and Rico Nasty.
And Harlem rapper Melii, who just inked a deal with Tory Lanez‘s label “One Umbrella,” said male rappers often repeat themselves too but don’t get criticized in the same way.
“Honestly I see y’all tagging me but let’s talk about how females technically end up rapping about p—y CUZ THATS WHAT SELL. YA ONLY LIKE WHEN WE TELL YALL ABOUT OUR P—Y,” she wrote Thursday on Instagram. “Not every rapper is a stripper and so tf what? Strippers have bars and Goals too.”
“I came in like this n I changed everything cuz n—–s ain’t wanna hear none that .. MEANWHILE YA FAVORITE RAPPER DEGRADES WOMEN WHILE WE FLIP IT TO EMPOWER OTHER WOMEN,” she added.