Jermaine Dupri has perhaps just shattered any hope fans had of seeing him and another superproducer Sean “Diddy” Combs take the stage together for a “Verzuz” event.
During an appearance on the “New Rory & Mal” podcast on Wednesday, January 5 with co-hosts Rory and Mal, the So So Def founder talked about the possibility of seeing a musical match-up between him and the Bad Boys Record creator.
The 49-year-old pointed out what he believed was a critical factor that could prevent Diddy from participating, noting that his biggest hits were all collaborations with other artists, some of whom have either passed, including The Notorious BIG, or no longer is on speaking terms with the music mogul, as in the case of his former longtime collaborator Ma $ e.
As for whether the competition would take place, Dupri said, “I do not think so … Because I feel it’s a performance-based thing now, and most of Puff’s records, who’s going to perform?” When Mal suggested taking special guests with him, Dupri shot back: “Yes, [you can bring out] LOX, but you can not get anyone to do Bigs verse! And I do not know that Ma $ e would not come out with him anymore, so I do not think it would happen from that. “
Fortunately for the Atlanta star, should the match happen, his artists, who include Bow Wow and Da Brat, are ready to back the man who played a massive role in their musical career. “All my people, we rock!” he boasted. “And we come with a lot of energy!”
Dupri challenged Diddy to a Verzuz match last September after Fat Joe and Ja Rules match in New York City’s Madison Square Garden. “Someone told Diddy I’m the garden right now!” Dupri wrote on Twitter calling the Harlem star out. “And he’s going to need some training for me.”
However, Diddy declined Dupris’ offer, citing what he considers to be the producer’s limited number of hits in his discography, even though Dupri has almost twice as many records as Diddy.
“Loved you, my n – ga but your arms are too short to box with God !!! You do not have enough hits, wrote the Grammy Award winner at the time. “I want to smash you with just biggie n Mary. But I have the utmost respect for you as a musical legend,” he added.
When it comes to “Verzuz”, you never know who will agree to do what; all fans can do now is hope Diddy has a change of heart.
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