Jermaine Dupri Recalls Latto’s Appearance On “The Rap Game”

Jermaine Dupri recently responded to people saying he “dropped the ball” with Latto.

BYCole Blake
Jermaine Dupri Recalls Latto’s Appearance On “The Rap Game”

Jermaine Dupri recently reflected on Latto's appearance on the reality show, The Rap Game. Speaking with HipHopDX, he discussed how Latto blew up after the series aired and fired back at people who say he "dropped the ball." At the time, Latto had been going by the name, “Miss Mulatto.”

“People keep saying, ‘Jermaine, you dropped the ball on [Latto],'” he told the outlet at the Lovers & Friends festival earlier this month. “But what people don’t understand is, I put Latto’s record out. The deal was, if you win on The Rap Game, you get a single from Jermaine Dupri. So that single came out.”

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Jermaine Dupri With Latto

NEW YORK – MARCH 31: Miss Mulatto and Jermaine Dupri attend Miss Mulatto Visits Music Choice at Music Choice on March 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

He continued: “The problem was, was that Latto was 16 years old, and the outlets didn’t support it. And nobody was like speaking on it. Nobody talked about it. If you watched the TV show, you saw it. But people didn’t really start talking about Latto until she started making more vulgar records, dressing more sexual, and being more adult.”

The premise of The Rap Game was that five young rappers would face off in a competition to win a recording contract with Dupri’s So So Def imprint. The contestants were Miss Mulatto, Lil Niqo, Lil Poopy, Supa Peach, and Young Lyric.

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Jermaine Dupri Reflects On Latto's Career

Elsewhere in the interview, Dupri spoke about his 14-year-old artist, Young Dylan. In doing so, he called out hip-hop blogs for their lack of support for the rapper. Dylan made a name for himself as a contestant in America’s Got Talent at the age of 10. He also stars in his own Nickelodeon show. “I’m the young man game giver. But everybody keeps saying it’s a young man’s game. So if it’s a young man’s game then why hasn’t — you know, if it is and all these different sites claim – like AllHipHop, they claim it’s all Hip Hop. But they ain’t posted a Dylan record," Dupri complained. "The Source is supposed to be the source of Hip Hop. They ain’t talked about the Dylan project."


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