Take this job and shove it

It was rumored the other day that Jermaine Dupri had been canned like tuna from his position as mini-boss of Urban Music (er, Head Jig in Charge) at Virgin Records, and now it’s been confirmed in a news item here at XXL.

Dupri claims he wasn’t fired, but rather opted to resign:

“Since there are so many rumors running rampant about my position at Virgin Records, I feel that it is necessary to set the record straight. I was not forced out of the company, I made a decision that it was in my best interest to leave.”

Which I took to mean that, as part of his assuredly generous severance deal with the label, he was allowed to pretend as if he has an option to stay if he wants. As long as it’s understood that he’ll be leaving either way.

From what I understand, this primarily had to do with Janet Jackson, whose most recent megabomb of an album was produced by Dupri. It was the last album in her deal with Virgin Records, which was the biggest record deal evar way the eff back in 1992 and still one of the biggest such deals to this day.

[REM has a similar with Warner Bros., which is why they continue releasing albums for that label despite the fact that they haven't had a real hit since the days of "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"]

You get the idea that Virgin began to realize Janet Jackson might not be worth a shit way back in the late ’90s, when she did that shit J Dilla. But it’s not like they could fire her ass, per the terms of her contract. Plus she is, after all, Janet Jackson; it’s not outside the realm of possibility that she could bust out another Rhythm Nation or some such.

Then there was that incident at the Super Bowl a couple of years ago, which was pretty disgusting regardless of your opinion of nudity on TV and the FCC. Hell, I’ve been known to leave strip clubs if any of the “entertainment” is 40+, and that’s after I paid the $10 cover. So to say that this skank was skating on thin ice might be a bit of an understatement.

Jermaine Durpri’s career, meanwhile, has been on an inexplicable upswing for the past couple of years. A few years ago, he had his home raided and all of his shit taken away by the IRS for failure to pay back taxes. But in 2004 and 2005, he had production credits on the most recent albums by Usher and Mariah Carey, both of which were the biggest albums the year they were released.

And since JD has been banging Janet Jackson for the past few years anyway, it was a no-brainer for Virgin to bring him in as jig records chief for the release of her last album with the label. You have to wonder though whether they ever intended to keep him around much longer after he worked his Voyage of Mimi magic on 20 Years Old.

Successful though he may be, Jermaine Dupri has never seemed to have much of a talent other than ghostwriting for kiddie rappers. None of the other groups he’s signed to Virgin during his tenure (Da Brat, Daz Dillinger, Dem Franchize Boyz, etc.) have been particularly worth a shit. And now that his girlfriend’s contract is up, what use is he?

  • SUPERMAN

    1ST MOTHERFUCKERS!

  • SUPERMAN

    AND 2ND BITCHES!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/bookwormbrown bookworm brown

    watch him tom cruise this shit and hip hop into a more lucrative deal. making the paper he’s made means he always has one solid response to critics: fuck you.

  • SUPERMAN

    3RD TOO? HOT DAMN!

  • SUPERMAN

    FUCKIN BOOKWORM TOOK MY 3RD POSITION.

    4TH AND 5TH BITCH ASS MONKEYS!

  • P.G. Lee

    not a cot damn thing going back to signing kiddie rappers and…………. he might start banging m.c. opps I mean mimi…… he will go back to just producing r&b acts jagged edge ect. so so def is all he has and he will only continue signing hip hop acts for one album ala bone crusher jkwon ect.

  • content

    I cant help but think all the recent controversy surrounding her gloved brother hasn’t effected her career

  • white man sam

    HA 1st bytches

  • Twelve

    … uh .. Janet ain’t a skank homey .. other than this JD relationship, for the most part her private life been on the low-low, not the J-Lo Lo …

    but yea, JD is fallin’ deeper and deeper into obscurity … shiiiit, I’d never leave the house if I was fuckin’ Janet either .. Holla!

  • Fernando

    At least JD is pimping his girlfriend & not 13 yr old kids anymore. DFB might not be worth a damn, but I guarantee they made that bald midget some serious guap. Janet is looking fine in that new video though, & Bol is in no position to critisize Ms. Jackson’s looks. Hell, he has bigger Tatas then she does & looks like the Brown M&M from those commercials.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    “Ignorance and Stupidity in all its splendor”

    Bol go get bleached up like MJ and blame it on a skin disease…your use of the term Jig disgust me…

    …yes, i know, because of my remark the term will be used 1000 times before the week is up…i bet bol has discussions with non-blacks on how much he hates black people…

  • Dr Flav

    The female group Escape was a good accomplishment for Dupri also, just throwin it out there.

  • Fernando

    It is creepy when you hear Janet talk and she has a deeper voice than her brother. BTW, has anybody else noticed that all the brothers in the Jackson 5 talk like flamers??

    She still fine though. Got back into shape with the quickness.

    Bol talking ish about Ms. Jackson’s looks is like taking dating advice from A.C Green.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    PS: I would be a faithful customer if a Janet Jackson stripped in a club…cuz she look like a big brown soft pillow i could lay on day in and day out…

  • Fernando

    Bol wears Birkenstocks & only considers Tribe, De La Soul, & Das EFX real Hip Hop. You wack off to Gin Blossoms video’s & now you hate on seeing Jantet’s fun bags….man, you are one cracka-ass-nigga

  • Fernando

    Bol wears Birkenstocks & only considers Tribe, De La Soul, & Das EFX real Hip Hop. You wack off to Gin Blossoms video’s & now you hate on seeing Jantet’s fun bags….man, you are one cracka-ass-nigga!

  • http://www.okayplayer.com Spark

    Janet Jackson is done like micheal

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Noz…Communism:

    “Ressurection caught what seemed to be a very specific turning point in Com’s life. It’s a picture of an unemployed 22 year old who lives with his moms and drinks a sixer every night while his closely knit group of friends move on with their lives.”……..”It’s a veritable textbook on post-adolescent complacency. But Com was able to bury all these insecurities in his pen and pad and come out better for it.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Bol’s comment on the blog:

    Bol Says:

    October 25th, 2006 at 12:06 pm
    “It deeply pains me to see Common Sense’s legacy marginalized to “insufferable granola-munching pseudo-boho” because in his prime dude was a fierce rapper. He drank a lot and talked shit about bitches. And he made what is quite possibly the greatest introspective rap album of all time.”

    Word?

    I may have to check this out!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Does anyone pick up on the reason why Bol could relate to this album and blog…food for thought…

  • che

    bol wouldn’t say no to janet, jermaine or michael.

  • iseedeadpeople

    the hottest rican in the game is delfin vega go to http://www.myspace.com/delfinvega to see.

  • Fernando

    No more myspace links to worthless latino reggaeton rappers. I’M NOT BUYING.

    Bol relates to ressurection because he fattens up on Busch lite every night & feels confused about life due to his meaningless job that is only as secure as Rey’s internet connection.

  • http://www.myspace.com/poisonousdarthfc Poisonous Dart

    The infinitely ignorant Byron Crawford wrote:

    The idea that Virgin began to realize Janet Jackson might not be worth a shit way back in the late ’90s, when she did that shit J Dilla.

    First off, congratulations on yet another wack ass insignificant blog chock full of ignorance. What exactly did you mean by that?^ You need to keep that man’s name out of your mouth (and blogs) after you disrespect his memory AND his mother. I’m not even from the D nor am I a Dilla stan, but you could get seen on the real for that.

    As for Virgin, they overpaid for Janet’s contract. They tried to get blood out of a stone and they failed. End of story. You’ve been reaching like Reed Richards lately with your blogs. It’s obvious you’re not built for this, kid. Just put the laptop down and back away from the keyboard slowly. One.

  • Twelve

    I’m not sure if the amount of comments to these columnists blogs determines thier “value” to XXL … and I’ve read blogs from the other XXL columnists as well where they don’t get as many comments as Bol does so this pro’lly makes him feel good, but I have now determined that the only reason he does is cuz is due to the fake-ass “shock value” he provides in these blogs …

    .. I don’t even think HE believe half the shit he says, he only does it so people can comments … it’s like doing a blog on “Fuck Jesus and Allah” so he can’t sit back and watch the masses endlessly comment on how much of an asshole he is (but they’re still commenting) …

    This is the same thing that them bullshit ass people like “KKK nigger Killer” do .. they say outrageous and stupid shit purposely just to get people to talk shit …

    Bol get some serious content in your blogs and stop using the shock-value technique, cuz you’re starting to look like Dennis Rodman in a wedding dress on Times Square … your walking a thin line between ratings and people actually not taking what you do seriously … (worse can scenario is that you’re gonna try to get shock-value off the wrong gully nigga and shot) … Real talk.

  • Twelve

    *correction*

    … wrong gully nigga and GET shot ..

  • Joopset

    Janet a skank? Ya moms, B.

  • Sushi K

    ^^^
    “that shit JDilla” looks like a typo. Should probably read “that shit with JDilla”

  • Sushi K

    Bol, bol, bol. [shaking head] Clean those glasses, brah. Janet is still yummy. She tastes like chocolate marshmellows.

  • thoreauly77

    bol- the fact that i used to think you were smart makes me feel incredibly stupid. you are a fucking idiot.

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/LEGACYHIPHOP BELIZE

    DAMN! I THOUGHT U FINALLY GOT SMART AND QUIT THIS MEASLY JOB..

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    Fernando Says:

    October 25th, 2006 at 1:33 pm
    It is creepy when you hear Janet talk and she has a deeper voice than her brother. BTW, has anybody else noticed that all the brothers in the Jackson 5 talk like flamers??

    ^ HAAAA….thats cuz their all gay..dont u know JJ is really strap-on fukin JD?

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/LEGACYHIPHOP BELIZE

    NEWSFLASH…..
    BOL IS LAMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • Mr.Me

    Janet gets botox done on her coochie lips so it stays lookin young yet everybody’s on Michael’s…err. everybody hates on Micheal because of his skin texture an nose. Janets just as wierd. Her breakdowns gonna be much worse than Mariah’s an that shortstop ass nigga JD is gonna have to deal wit it. To make matters worse he just lost his job.

  • Fernando

    Bol is a big fat blob full of crappy chocolatey lameness.

  • Fernando

    Michael is about,oh……100x Worse in the weirdness category than Janet will ever be!!!

    Janet gets botox & a few other surgeries….so what, so does every other female in hoolywood. Thats all we got on her…plus she is still black, fine, & not a complete tramp.

    Mike……Molests children, dresses up like captain crunch, goes to court in pajamas, has a face made of pork, turned himself white, calls his house “neverland ranch”, & so on & so on.

    Never compare Mike & Janet again…YOU HEAR!

  • john cochran

    Why are you talking about Janet jackson on this shit? last I checked she aint hip hop homie. Fuck good with you?

  • Mr.Me

    Fernando thats the same nigga that made Heal the World, They Dont Care About Us, Black an White. He didnt touch any kids “they” just used that against him because thats his weakness (helpin out kids). If you believe MJ touched those kids then you believe Pac raped that chickenhead, an you believe JFK was shot by Oswald, an that the world is flat not round.

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    Bol said:
    “you get the idea that Virgin began to realize Janet Jackson might not be worth a shit way back in the late ’90s, when she did that shit J Dilla.”

    ^^^ better correct urself, b4 somebody slaps u…

  • http://asdf.com Mr Me is an idiot

    nuff sed

  • Fernando

    Mr Me……You probably think that MJ really screwed that white british lady and had kids with her too huh? How did they come out white then?? ITS ALL A COVER UP FOR HIS pre-teen Teh Gheyness. Open your eyes buddy

    MJ is a 3rd degree black belt in child molestation. To quote Katt Williams “If somebody says something about you for 20 yrs….its probably true. If people say that you are a crakchead for 15 yrs…YOU ARE PROBABLY SMOKING CRACK”. What kinds of things does he have at his house? Things that grown women like? Or things that young boys like? (Video games, amusement park, free candy, petting zoo)

    This isn’t some crazy conspiracy. And singing songs that other people wrote for him while he was busy turning himself into a white woman does not prove anything. To quote Katt 1 mo’ gain…”When was the last time somebody said, ‘man, Mike is F*&king the Sh%t out of that bi*ch’…NOT NEVER” Do the math, he does more than just “help children”

    IM OUT

  • amedawg00

    Anybody who has read Bol for some time knows that he wants to be the howard stern of blogging. Stop over analyzing what he writes, and just laugh at the zingers. We all know he is a closet conservative politically, and hipster leaning socially. Knowing this, why be surprised when points out the grim realities of the current state of black America, the illegal immigration crisis, and Men’s rights? All I ask from bloggers is that you be literate, articulate, as worldly as possible, and humurous. Keep doing what you do nigga, let the haters hate, its the sign of success!

  • H-MAN

    yep, yep..JD’s tour of duty iz ova at Virgin…unless there iz anotha Rythem nation in her…Go watch Dracula 2000, Virgin Recordz….crossin ova 2 moviez

  • H-MAN

    U funny Bol, but take it EZ on my Janet, will ya???

  • weezybaby

    “And since JD has been banging Janet Jackson for the past few years anyway”

    lol

  • Fernando

    Exactly….

    There is no point in voicing your anger towards Bol if you really hate him. It only fuels the fire. You cant get mad at him for using the term “jig” when he once called the bombing of Hiroshima & Christopher Reeve’s paralyzing accident “Great Etherings In History”

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/LEGACYHIPHOP BELIZE

    U cant be muslim michael..half of ur face is pork – Katt Williams (2006)

  • pete

    At least Bol’s got more stones than Dallas.

  • e

    LOL @ Fernando destroying what’s left Mike Jackson’s credibility

    he once called the bombing of Hiroshima & Christopher Reeve’s paralyzing accident “Great Etherings In History”
    ^^^^^^^
    Vintage Bol Post

  • Enlightened

    Who the fuck on here actually knows anything about REM?

  • Face Phoenix

    Janet’s Album was a huge letdown but esp. with JD at the helm. Who screwed it up? Was it the combination Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, JD and Janet Writing and Producing this hold Album. Was it Virgin over doing the campaign. Damn I never expected her to drop such a lukewarm project. JD brought Mariah Back and I guess he shut Janet Down. I guess his magic doesn’t work with everyone.

  • twerkolator

    ^Who the fuck on here actually knows anything about REM?

    enlightened writes ignorant comments…

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Ra

    itz been sed tha JD was sayin some shit like “virgin didn’t promote her album properly” thatz bullshit, have u been 2 a book store lately i’ve seen at least 10 magazine wit janet on tha cover. so ummmmm 4 her 2 have all these mag covers and still bomb……whose really 2 blame?

  • http://www.buildthedream.org DGthegreat

    Does anyone else notice that when Bol makes a comparison of any album he ALWAYS uses a rock group as a point of reference?

    This is SUPPOSED to be XXL Mags blog, which I thought was a hip hop magazine. Elliot Wilson should get a credible blogger instead of this fake-ass “shock-value” Howard Stern of a blogger.

    This douche bag can quote REM last hit single, but he hasn’t heard Common’s Resurrection?! Get the fuck outta here….

  • content

    on his website 2/3 of the reviews are on albums other than rap. Bol is definitly on here for shock value b/c it’s obviously not for his love of hip hop

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Bol is a rock blogger not a hip hop blogger

  • http://rashadlogic.wordpress.com Rashadlogic
  • Biggz

    Remember back when Janet was the shit. Remember when Da Brat was hot. Diddy, jam and terry lewis. It’s all a cycle. Here today. Gone tomorrow. However you must respect those who have been around as long as Janet. She came from “Good Times” to Running this shit. She over took he brother and has the most Lucrative contract in the world. In my opinion Virgin Fucked up by not pushing the product out sooner. Now times have changed and Janet’s “LooK” is not what’s popular. JD was supposed to be the savior. It just didn’t work out. The Culpret here…Virgin Records for sitting on some hot product and not realizing that the shelf life was minimal.

  • jon-jon 23

    I’m not crazy about J.D. but he is a good producer and talent evaluator. Janet has him whipped right about now though, and its affecting him businesswise. He should drop her and let her go back to screwing Justin Timberlake and “those” type of cats.

  • akatok1

    Hey, I see it as this. At least we got to see Janet going back to what she used to do…. dance and r&b. I think that JD was trying to rework his magic skills on restarting people’s careers. Usher was fine, but Mariah needed JD to help her get back to what she knows good ass music. Janet she was on some wierd pop shit. I think her album would have been a hit if she used different producers, like the neptunes, scott storch, dr.dre, cool&dre, dre&vidal, raphael saddiq, dj quick, timbaland, missy elliott, will_i_am, etc. to give her some new vibes that fits her music range. Besides JD beats are getting played out.I got the cd and its alright but not as good as her other ones. The uptempo songs are the best. Her dance songs and slow jams are disappointers. Its like the producers just gave her bullshitty beats. That’s a shame all these producers wanna charge 100 grand or more for beats and they sound like shit. These singers need to know better about what beats they choose. Janet cd was one of the most disappointing cds of 2006. Maybe Game, The Clipse, Jay Z, Nas, UGK, and Young Jeezy can bring better material out before we get shitty albums like Chingy

  • mackbone

    janet is fine as hell been fine since penny in goodtimes!! the best contribution jd has given this world!! ya dig

  • DREDRICK TATUM

    THE EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS ALBUM WERE TOO UNREALISTIC! THE PROMOTION FOR THIS ALBUM WAS VERY GOOD! PEOPLE AREN’T BUYING ALBUMS THE WAY THEY USED TO. WITH THAT BEING SAID, JANET IS WASHED UP! SHE’S 40 YEARS OLD! IT’S TIME FOR HER TO MOVE ON! SHE CAN’T SING ANYWAY! FOR THE ROCORD, LITTLE DUPREE WAS FIRED! HE DIDN’T QUIT!

  • LOWD

    dog…

    WHY IS IT THAT U ALWAYS GOT J DILLA’S NAME IN YER MOUTH WITH SUM TYPE OF BULLSHIT CRUDE SARCASM OR SUM SHIT?

    ON THE REAL DAWG… U ARE A STR8 UP MARK. FOR REAL DUKE.

    YU AINT NO DIFFERENT FROM ONE OF THESE BITCH ASS PAPARAZZI MUHFUCKAS WHO BREAK ALL LAWS OF BITCHDOM FOR A PICTURE OR A SHOCK BLOG…

    YU ARE GOSSIPIN ASS FEMALE DUKE.

    LET THAT MAN’S LEGACY GO ON UNTOUCH BY YER BULLSHIT COMMENTS AND SNIDE ASS POSTS.

    YER A CORNBALL BEE AND NEED TO BE SLAPPED FOR THAT….

    UNTIL U RAP OR MAKE A HOT TRACK YERSELF..

    YOU AINT SHIT DUKE.

    FUCK U AND WHOEVER CONDONES YER BULLSHIT.

    THATS FOR DILLA.

    KEEP HIDIN BEHIND YER COMP DOGGY.

  • rubyspirit

    You speak the truth hon. *bookmarked site*

  • http://xxlmag.com Jayscrilla

    well aint that a bitch.After all tha shit he did they juss toss his ass. Damn shame.