Mariah Carey has hired producer and So So Def label founder Jermaine Dupri as her new manager.
Dupri confirmed the news on October 4 shortly after the two were snapped together alongside Nas at the studio. The two of them, along with Rodney Jenkins and Mike WiLL Made It, were helping to finish Carey’s long-anticipated (and delayed) 14th studio album, The Art of Letting Go.
Dupri and Carey have worked together since her 1996 single “Always Be My Baby.” Carey reached out to Durpi because she wanted to shift her approach to music. Dupri siad:
“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. She’s far from some ‘hood rat, but she’s definitely a lil’ ghetto and she was tired of being called the ‘ballad queen.’”
Dupri went on to produce Carey’s “Don’t Forget About Us,” “Shake It Off” and “We Belong Together.” In the years following, Carey hired American Idol’s Randy Jackson to be her manager, but was dropped as her manager last spring.