It’s The Emancipation of Mimi, Pt. 2: Mariah Carey Says “Bye Bye” to Jermaine Dupri! Dupri recently spoke to Billboard and explained that he and the “Thirsty” singer have officially gone their separate ways.
Dupri, who has been Carey’s manager since last year, has been a collaborator of Carey’s for decades and had a hand in some of her biggest hits, including 2005’s “We Belong Together” and the ’90s classic “Always Be My Baby.” Carey hired Dupri as her manager in 2013 after parting ways with Randy Jackson. Most recently, Dupri executive produced The Elusive Chanteuse, which, despite being well-received by critics, did not sell well.
Speaking to Billboard, Dupri said:
“I’m a very hands-on person when it comes to my work,” Dupri told Billboard in a statement. “I put my all into every project. But when I’m not allowed to do what I do, then I know it’s time for me to move on. Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music together in the future.”
Billboard also reports that Carey has been “working closely” with Def Jam’s Kevin Liles, which seems to imply that she won’t be manager-less for long.
Despite the fact that their relationship has given us several hits over the years, it would be wise to look at this parting of the ways as a blessing: new management could be just what Carey needs needs after stumbling with The Elusive Chanteuse. Onto bigger and better things, Mimi: time to spread your wings and fly!