Making it rain in the strip club? Jermaine Dupri said he was the first person do it, while hanging out at Atlanta's Magic City strip club.
In an interview with The Estelle Show on Apple Music on Sept. 21, the So So Def founder broke down how the practice came to be, and says it was first inspired by his joint song with Jay-Z, 1998's "Money Ain't A Thang."
“Talib Kweli talks about the first time that he ever came to Atlanta,” he said in the interview. “He went to Magic City with me and Janet. They’re throwing the money in the air and people seeing that, ‘Make it rain.’ I actually was the person who created this because I did this first in the ‘Money Ain’t A Thing’ video, me and JAY-Z are in the car throwing money throughout the whole video.”
JD is is set to tell the story of Atlanta's famed strip club in a forthcoming three-part Magic City: An American Fantasy documentary series directed by Charles Todd. He said the women at Magic City were confused the first time he made it rain.
“That became my thing with that song, that became my thing going into these strip clubs. And I remember going to the club throwing the money,” he said. “The first time I ever threw the money in the air, I probably threw a thousand dollars on the floor. And the girl at the strip club said, ‘You want me to get down on the floor and get my money?’ She didn’t understand what was happening. I tried this a couple of places where I was out throwing money and people weren’t… It wasn’t a thing for them, they didn’t understand what was happening. And this is just my confirmation of me saying, ‘I know that I was the first person doing this.'”
Jermaine Dupri also recently dropped the lineup for his So So Def Festival, set to take place in October in Atlanta. Xscape, Jagged Edge, Anthony Hamilton, Da Brat, Dem Franchize Boyz and Young Bloodz are slated to perform at the festival, with more artists to be announced.