Bow Wow is open to ending his feud with his estranged mentor, Jermaine Dupri, but judging from his recent attempt, it looks like things didn’t go as well as he’d have liked.
In a video posted to his Instagram page on Monday (May 8), the rapper-turned-actor tried to chummy it up with the super-producer backstage at the Lovers & Friends Festival on Saturday (May 6).
Dupri, however, didn’t look too pleased with his former protegée’s attempt, even as Bow Wow tried to playfully shove him.
Behind the duo, shouts of “hug him!” can be heard, as can “do it again!” suggesting that the pair previously hugged it out prior to the cameras getting switched on.
“I’ll be the bigger person…… IM FOLLOWING U AGAIN @jermainedupri,” Bow Wow wrote in the caption. “hey its a step …1st time speaking all year #loversandfriends #recap.”
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To say that Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri have had a complicated relationship would be putting it mildly. Last month, Bow Wow joined The Baller Alert Show, where he revealed the status of his current situation with JD and explained why their relationship is where it is.
“We had a conversation not too long ago. I’ll keep that there,” Bow Wow began. “We spoke our peace not too long ago face to face. And then he did the Breakfast Club interview and I saw that and immediately hit him. We made a little pact that we ain’t even gon’ speak on this.”
He continued: “It’s like Obi-Wan and Anakin. That’s me and him. It’s the OG that know it all, been through it all, got the years, got all the recognition. And then Anakin, who then turns to Darth Vader later, was the young protege of Obi. Always the one ready to get out there and get it crackin’ – then Obi is like, ‘You’re not ready.’ They always butt heads because they’re so much alike.”
A short time after appearing on The Baller Alert Show, Bow Wow went on Math Hoffa’s My Expert Opinion, where he revealed that his falling out with JD was so bad that Nelly had to step into the middle of things to diffuse the situation.
“The best way to explain it without going way too deep into it — and I told him this because we had a real talk recently — last month, I pulled up to the studio, and Nelly had to be there to be the mediator,” Bow Wow said. “I said, ‘I’ll come inside when you there. But you gotta be there. You gotta be right in the middle of this shit.’”
He continued: “Nelly’s like an uncle, like a big brother. So I walk in and I told JD to my face like, ‘You like Star Wars so much, right? That’s what we is. You Obi-Wan and I’m Anakin.‘ That’s all it is. That’s the relationship.
“I’m the young n-gga who wanted all the info. I’m ready to go, I’m ready to go and it’s, ‘No, Bow Wow…’ That’s all Anakin was. Obi was the teacher, Anakin was the student. When Anakin wanted to go out, get it cracking, ‘No, Anakin. Stand back, you not ready.’
“So that’s the whole thing is that we’re the same, very competitive. I’m smart because I learned from you, could potentially be even smarter because I had three n-ggas who I learned shit from. You had no one you learned shit from. So I learned from you, I learned from Snoop, I learned from Puff, I learned from Birdman. Like listen sometimes, but JD is stubborn though.”