In 2016, Jermaine Dupri launched his rap competition series The Rap Game and J.I The Prince Of NY was a contestant on the second season, but not crowned winner. And this still has the young rapper's fans a little salty and mad at JD.
Now during a sit down with Angie Martinez, J.I tells fans to just chill out and leave JD alone already:
"I feel bad. I wanna say this right now...cause every time he comments on my page my fans be flaming him because he didn't chose me to win. They got a grudge against him. Leave the man alone. I's all love, I love JD."
Of all of the contestants that have appeared on The Rap Game, JD said that he gets asked about J.I the most because people want to know if he regrets not crowning the young rapper as the winner:
"People don’t understand, I personally picked this guy to be on my TV show," the So So Def mogul said. "I knew exactly what he was way before anybody, before he even knew what he was. I knew exactly what he was... Every time I see him doing something, I’m 100 percent ecstatic about it because I love seeing how they go from...that’s my thing. I love seeing people go from scratch to being successful. When I started, I had a vision that they could always be that.”
J.I grew up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and is of Puerto Rican descent. At a young age he was introduced by his parents to music like old-school hip hopand reggaeton, and would make rudimentary beats on a miniature keyboard. He began writing raps and freestyling with his brothers in middle school, influenced by rappers like Tupac, Biggie, Nas, DMX, Jay-Z and Big Pun.
Mulatto was The Rap Game's very first winner and is killing it out here.