Da Brat has justified Jermaine Dupri’s recent controversial remarks about women rappers.

“Everything Jermaine Dupri does is done strategically,” she told TMZ. “He knows what he’s doing; he’s a genius. You should be thankful that the conversation is even started now…‘cause now the focus is absolutely on [female rappers].”

When asked about Dupri’s “strippers rapping” comment, Da Brat replied, “That’s not what he said,” adding that Dupri’s interview with People TV had been edited, and didn’t include a question that allegedly came before Dupri’s remark, where he was asked to choose between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B.

Da Brat thought his comment was “absolutely” taken out of context but that it's okay, since the conversation needed to happen a long time ago. “I love Jermaine Dupri,” she concluded. “He’s very smart at what he does and there’s always a method to his madness.”

Da Brat and Dupri have a long history together, which began in 1993, when she signed to his label So So Def Recordings. She subsequently released her debut album Fundafield in 1994.

During a recent sit-down with People TV, Dupri was asked to name his favorite woman rapper in the game. “I don't think they're showing us who's the best rapper,” Dupri responded. “For me, it's like strippers rapping.”

Cardi B was one of the first to respond to his remarks. “First of all, I rap about my pussy because she's my best friend, you know what I'm sayin'? And second of all, it seems like that's what people wanna hear," she said.

Ari Lennox also dropped a freestyle aimed at Dupri, and Bhad Bhabie objected to his comments as well.