Producer and songwriter Jermaine Dupri will appear on an upcoming episode of TV One’s autobiographical series Uncensored where he’ll discuss his journey in the music business and his experience writing and producing for acclaimed the 1990s girl group XSCAPE.
In an exclusive clip obtained by EBONY.com, Dupri explained how he was directly involved in the group’s break up.
“I’m gon’ give y’all a real understanding of why I feel like my songs actually broke XSCAPE up,” he said. “XSCAPE was Tocha’s [LaTocha Scott] group. Whoever’s group it is, that means they think they’re the lead singer. They meet Jermaine Dupri, and Jermaine Dupri writes a song and he gives the song to Kandi [Burruss] because Kandi’s voice sounds like mine. It’s no other reason that I gave it to her besides the fact that I wanted her to sing the way I was having T-Boz sing. That created friction from jump.”
Dupri revealed that tensions within the group began to grow after he began a romantic relationship with Burruss, but he denied giving the Real Housewives of Atlanta star special treatment. “It wasn’t nothing like that. I wasn’t thinking nothing like that. I was thinking about the sound that I heard in my head.”
Dupri’s episode of Uncensored airs March 24 at 10 p.m. ET on TV One.