Jermaine Dupri is proclaiming himself the inventor of making it rain — that time-honored tradition of tossing money around a club without caring where it lands — but admits it wasn’t always as cool as it looks!!!
The veteran producer shared his story Thursday on “The Estelle Show” on Apple Hits … pinpointing his 1998 collab with Jay-Z, “Money Ain’t a Thang,” as the jump-off point for the trend … but, then he decided to test out the rich flex IRL.
JD says the first time he hit Magic City and threw money in the air, the stripper gave him a puzzled reaction … “You want me to get down on the floor and get my money???”
He says the 💡 went off when he attempted his cash splashes elsewhere, but got the same confused reactions … he took it as a clear sign he was pioneering something big.
After the wave eventually caught on, JD says he also taught dancers how to split the money once it hit the ground … proper strip club etiquette does go a long way in keeping the party going.
JD tells Estelle he gave icons like Quincy Jones and Janet Jackson their first Magic City experience — so, he’s a pro in ATL’s strip club culture, if ever there was one!!!
JD’s strip club adventures will provide invaluable insight to his upcoming doc “Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told,” which has many who attended the ’90s event “freaking out” over possibly being seen in a compromising position all these years later.