News: Jermaine Dupri Puts Def Jam On Blast, "I Don't Want To Be A Part Of A Sinking Ship"

Friday, Aug 7, 2009 5:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jermaine Dupri has broken his silence on what really made him part ways with Island Def Jam earlier this year and explained why he would never do business with the company again.

The hip-hop mogul blamed Def Jam's inability to place confidence in his role as president as one of his underlying issues for leaving.

"They [weren't] prepared for a person like myself," he explained in an interview. "They [were] basically out for themselves. I never was on a team like that. I was always on a team that was supportive of what I wanted to do and this time it was more like 'we need you to do this.' People know me to create new artists [and to] continuously come with new people. Once I realized I was basically on my own in that building, I said 'it's time for me to get out of here.' I saw the decline of Def Jam and I was just like 'I don't want to be a part of a sinking ship.'...[There's] definitely hard feelings because I'm not cool with people stunting my growth. I'm a person that keeps growing. Everybody knows the history of Jermaine Dupri. Everybody knows what I've done from day one from one group to the next, it was all new artists and you have to continue doing that. If you get in the way of that you stunt that growth. They [have] bigger problems to deal with, I mean I'm not running around like 'f*ck Def Jam!' I'm just saying I would not really deal with them ever again...It feels like it's a resurgence of independent labels...It just feels like the right thing for me." (The Boom Box)

Reports of the hip-hop mogul's removal were confirmed in early January.

The tenure of the Atlanta rapper-producer-mogul, which began Feb. 7, 2007, came to an abrupt halt Thursday. It is believed there is still time remaining on his contract with the Universal Music Group imprint. (Variety)

Despite the decision, no explanations were immediately released by JD or the label which sparked widespread speculation.

Personally, I'm disappointed that the 'mogul' is choosing to not address the ousting. I mean hell, he had to see it coming. Stevie Wonder saw this happening. The hit making producer hasn't faired too well as an executive for the fleeting record label. Out of all the artists he's signed, Anthony Hamilton was the only artist JD successfully sold to consumers. (Gyant Scoop)

He was officially appointed two years ago by record label executive Antonio "L.A." Reid.

As part of the arrangement, Mr. Dupri will oversee Island's entire urban music operation. In addition, he will produce artists on the IDJ roster, as well as provide his production services to the entire Universal Music Group family of labels. (Def Jam statement)

Check out Jermaine Dupri and Trey Songz's "So Much Swag" below:

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