Is Jermaine Dupri being shady or nah? The 42-year-old Dupri, who has co-written and co-produced No. 1 hits such as Carey’s “We Belong Together” and “Always Be My Baby,” Usher’s “Burn” and Monica’s “The First Night,” said that Ciara’s I bet is a rip off of Usher’s ‘You Got it Bad; which Dupri produced. Pharrell and Robin Thicke just opened the floodgates. Everybody is going to be suing or asking for proper credit now. Artists better learn how to be creative again.
I played both U Got It Bad and I Bet. I hear some similarities in places but overall, I’m gonna say it’s a reach.
According to Associated Press
“Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad,'” Dupri said. “I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things. … It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”
Dupri said he, Usher and producer Bryan-Michael Cox all noticed the similarities immediately. And he said “I Bet” also sounds like R&B singer Tamia’s “Still,” another song he produced.
Dupri said he plans to contact Ciara and the producers of “I Bet,” which was released in January and has peaked at No. 27 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, and ask that he, Cox and Usher be properly credited.