InStyle Magazine
July 12, 2019 9:20 am

Come for Cardi B—even indirectly—and you can expect a response. Superstar producer Jermaine Dupri found that out himself after he spoke on the state of modern hip hop and noted he wasn’t really impressed with women in the industry today. For him, everyone’s rapping about the same thing, and unlike the past, when he and Da Brat broke records and created iconic tunes, there’s not enough competition, whether it’s between the guys and the girls or between the women themselves. Without that, he says, there’s no innovation.

He noted that Da Brat was the very first female rapper to go platinum and eventually, female acts were outperforming their male counterparts, something that nobody expected. But because everyone in music today seems to be focusing on rapping about the same things—namely money and stripping—there’s no way to really see who’s on the top of the game. He said that at some point, they’d all have to start rapping about “other things.”

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Cardi, one of the women in the game, wasn’t going to let his comments fly. In a series of Instagram videos, she clapped back in true Cardi style, saying that part of it is giving fans what they want and the other part lies with radio stations and DJs, who aren’t always willing to give new artists a chance.

“Okay guys I have seen a lot of people saying nowadays female rappers only talk about their pussies and now that Jermaine Dupri brought it up I’m going to say something,” Cardi said in one video.

“When I did ‘Be Careful’ people was talking mad shit in the beginning like ‘What the fuck is this? This is not what I was expecting,'” she continued. “It’s like if that’s what people ain’t trying to hear then I’m going to start rapping about my pussy again.”

Cardi name-dropped Rapsody, Tierra Whack, Oranicuhh, and Kamaiyah, urging fans and the media, including radio, blogs, and magazines, to pay attention to what they had to say, which is decidedly not about stripping and “vajayjays.” The issue clearly hit a nerve with Cardi, who has been vocal about her work as a stripper in the past. She’ll actually be returning to the pole for her role in Hustlers, which goes to show how little shame she feels about where she came from (and we stan).

“People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it.’ Because y’all don’t respect me because of it, and y’all going to respect these strippers from now on,” she told Cosmopolitan back in April. “Just because somebody was a stripper don’t mean they don’t have no brain.”

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