If you aren’t feeling Dvsn’s latest single, then, you clearly lack taste and music knowledge—at least, that’s what Jermaine Dupri believes.
The Grammy-winning producer took to Twitter on Saturday to address some of the criticism surrounding Dvsn’s “If I Get Caught”—a polarizing track that premiered Friday along with an official video.
“The people I see with something bad to say about ‘If I Get Caught,’ I’m sure have never listened to blues,” wrote Dupri, who co-produced the song with Bryan-Michael Cox and Dvsn’s Nineteen85, “and if you never listened to blues, then you’re musically blind in my book and you can’t see what we did.”
The people I see with something bad to say about “If I Get Caught” I’m sure have never listened to blues and if you never listened to blues.then you’re musically blind in my book and you can’t see what we did— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) July 23, 2022
As the title suggests, the R&B song tackles the issue of infidelity, and how cheating isn’t indicative of a loveless relationship.
“If I get caught cheating, that don’t mean I don’t love you,” Daniel Day sings on the chorus. “… I know, I know you ain’t gon’ let one little fuck mess all this up/Don’t let one mistake take all this away.”
Some listeners slammed the track’s message as “sexist” and “toxic” while others focused their criticism on the song’s production.
Niggas can’t be repping toxicity AND sounding like a horror movie.— 💖 Tariyé 💖 (@TariyePeterside) July 23, 2022
Pick a struggle.
We just wanted to hear something good. We wanted a Mariah or usher bop like you used to produce. Now we’re suddenly musically uncultured because you failed to deliver? pic.twitter.com/nrxiYIIXqj— 🌻 (@mszashley) July 23, 2022
What does this have to do with how bad it SOUNDS? Like, we don’t need special ears to know the song fucking SUCKS.— Harriet Tubman’s 🔫 (@RashadEst85) July 23, 2022
FYI, I was classically trained as a trumpet player in Jazz & Blues.
I studied blues! But this was not good.— unfriendly black hottie (@happyyun1corn) July 23, 2022
Get inventive with the lyrics next time. Use metaphors, similes, etc. Create a STORY. Where is the lyricism?
Dvsn has also responded to the criticism, reassuring fans that “If I Get Caught” is “chapter 1” of a much longer story.
The track will likely appear on the follow-up to Cheers to the Best Memories, their 2021 joint album with Ty Dolla Sign.