Jermaine Dupri on Not Wanting to ‘Mess Up’ Ex Janet Jackson’s Career (Video)

    Jermaine Dupri speaks during an appearance on the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast

    *Jermaine Dupri has spilled more tea about his seven-year relationship with Janet Jackson.

    During his appearance on the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast, the So So Def founder was asked by show host Wallo: “How did you pull Janet man? How the f*** do you pull somebody on that level?”

    After Wallo and co-host Gillie Da Kid joked about how that hookup came about, Dupri explained his initial intentions upon meeting her for the first time.

    “It wasn’t about no music sh*t,” he said. “I was just on some like hang out. I wasn’t on no music sh*t, though. I never wanted to produce for her. We got in an argument about me not producing for her because she was around me watching everybody else get hit records.”

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    “I never wanted her to think that’s what my agenda was. ’Cause so many people was saying that,” he continued. “When Janet met me she got picked up from the airport in a [Bentley] Continental T. It wasn’t never no situation where I wanted her to believe that I was trying to do this.”

    Dupri said he was treading lightly at the beginning of their relationship in 2002, not wanting to “mess up” her career. Because of her longstanding working relationship with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Dupri felt like his input on her music wasn’t needed.

    “You don’t need me, but in her eyes… It didn’t sound right,” Dupri said, adding that his reluctance to offer production on her projects caused “a little bit” of a rift. But things would change in 2006 when Dupri laced several tracks on her album “20 Y.O.” Their romance would end three years later in 2009.

    Watch Dupri’s appearance on Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast below:


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