Mariah Carey Hires Jermaine Dupri as Manager


After giving Randy Jackson the boot this past spring, Mariah Carey has called on trusted beatsmith and close confidant Jermaine Dupri to be her manager.

The news comes after the Grammy-nominated duo were spotted in the studio with Nas and JD announced it at the A3C Hip-Hop Festival this past weekend.

Mimi and Dupri, who first collaborated on the 1996 classic “Always Be My Baby” and went on to create “We Belong Together” and “Don’t Forget About Us,” forged their musical legacy when she wanted to shift her sound.

“Even though Mariah always considered herself to be first and foremost a black woman, everyone at the label was scared of her being too urban,” Dupri has said in the past. “She’s far from some ‘hood rat, but she’s definitely a lil’ ghetto and she was tired of being called the ‘ballad queen.’”

The chart-topping twosome have reunited on wax to prep her forthcoming album The Art of Letting Go, which was originally set to drop this past summer but was delayed.

She wrote on Twitter, “While making this album, I got so immersed in the creative process that I just don’t feel I would be doing it justice to release it on 7/23.”