The Web is buzzing after a Vibe interview with super producer Jermaine Dupri surfaced. JD shared some fascinating thoughts about his long time collaborator Usher. “Me, as a producer, it’s kind of hard for me to go back into people’s projects when I gave you your biggest album ever…you sold more records than any other artist in this decade based on that album and now I have to ask you am I the executive producer of your next album. That seems disrespectful to me. JD also goes in on Mariah Carey stating, “I didn’t have one song on there (Mariah’s latest album). But I did Emancipation of Mimi and she sold more records than she sold in the last five years.”
Seems like the new Michael Jackson vs. Quincy Jones beef. Quincy Jones shared similar feelings when MJ sought out Terry Riley for his Dangerous album after he gave him Thriller and Bad. Perhaps Usher like Michael sought to move with the times. After all, JD’s recent work falls flat. He couldn’t even give former lover Janet Jackson a hit album. Meanwhile, Usher’s Raymond v Raymond debuted at number one and he just earned his ninth number one single with his will.i.am club banger “OMG.”
Are JD’s feelings valid? Or is he overreacting? Sound off people!