LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Jermaine Dupri’s comments about Usher in Vibe Magazine are sparking controversy. Jermaine Dupri says Usher didn’t treat him right after the team’s last album, nor did Mariah Carey.
Dupri contends to Vibe Magazine that if he, as a producer, gave Usher and Carey their biggest albums in recent memory, than he would at least deserve a phone call telling him if he is, or isn’t, then doing their new album too. Dupri says Usher and Carey were “disrespectful” after he gave them their biggest selling albums in the last 5 years; Dupri says neither Usher nor Carey called him and told him if he was going to producer their followup album, leaving him guessing. Dupri says no artist in that circumstance should leave the producer of their hit album hanging and guessing.
“Well, I didnâ€™t really want to be executive producer of Usherâ€™s projects after Confession. Me as a producer, itâ€™s kind of hard for me to go back into peopleâ€™s projects when I gave you your biggest album everâ€¦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?” [Emphasis added.]
“That seems disrespectful to me. Obviously, Iâ€™m looking at something different than everyone is looking at it whether itâ€™s the label, the artist, managementâ€¦ whoever it is. Iâ€™ve had this same conversation with L.A. Reid, because Iâ€™m doing Mariah Careyâ€™s album right now. And on her last album, I didnâ€™t have one song on there. But I did Emancipation of Mimi and she sold more records than she sold in the last five years.”
Dupri calls it a “game” and that if he delivers an artist a monster hit album they can have the courtesy to call him and tell him if he is in, or out, for the next album.
“What part of the game makes yâ€™all not call me? But Iâ€™m not going to keep sticking my neck out. But I donâ€™t feel like Iâ€™m supposed to ask to produce anymore. People are supposed to come to me and tell me that Iâ€™m the executive producer. Thatâ€™s why I get more kicks working with younger artists.”
Jermaine Dupri, Usher