In light of recent statements she made about DJ Khaled not representing Miami, Southern rapper Jacki-O has submitted a statement to SOHH to clear the air.
From Jacki’s perspective, beef is a part of hip-hop, however, she chooses to look beyond it with artists like Khaled and fellow female rapper Khia.
“I don’t hold grudges nor do I have ‘beef’ with anyone, although I am not a sucker,” she wrote in a statement. “I understand it’s all a part of the game. I don’t entertain beef because it takes you off the focus of your craft. If people want to see us do a record, let’s do it and if you still feel some type of way — fine, do what you do. At the end of the day it’s about giving the people what they want and making good music and money, anything else is irrelevant to me.” (SOHH)
Recently, Jacki reportedly made controversial remarks about Miami’s DJ Khaled.
“DJs make up 50 percent of an artist’s success,” she said in an interview. “And they know that. I’m not saying all of them, but a lot of DJ’s are starting to be more arrogant than artists, and bold with it. Your job is to play music and support what the people like. It’s not about what you like; it’s about what the people like. One DJ in particular is this Khaled dude. He’s gotten so beside himself and decided he’s not gonna touch another one of my records. And that’s cool because when the streets deal with you, I’m good. And he knows that if he plays my music, other DJ’s will copy what he does and they’ll play my records as well…So what if DJ Khaled don’t play it! Seeing as though he’s not from Miami, he doesn’t represent Miami.” (Kontrol Magazine)
The rapper also denied rumors of being taken off Ludacris‘ Battle of the Sexes album.
“It would have been nice to work with fellow female rappers being that we don’t collaborate that much together,” she told SOHH, “but I was never invited to be a part of the Battle of the Sexes album. There was no kicking me off the album because I was never invited…” (SOHH)
Jacki’s rap buzz took off roughly seven years ago.
Miami rapper Jacki-O got her break in 2003 with the bawdy sex rap “Nookie,” which garnered the MC comparisons to fellow Southern rappers Khia and Trina. Although it was the first time that many had heard of Jacki-O, she kept a high profile prior to her radio and club success with several appearances on Miami-area mixtapes. The success of “Nookie” led Jacki-O to discuss a similar subject matter on her second single, “Sugar Walls,” released in 2004 in anticipation of her debut album, Poe Little Rich Girl. (All Music)
Check out Jacki-O’s “I Got Yo Boyfriend” below: