Stop the cap- Bow Wow refutes Jermain Dupri’s claim that he started ‘106 & Park’

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Bow Wow has refuted Jermaine Dupri’s recent assertion that he founded 106 & Park to serve as a platform for his protégé, So So Def, and to compete with MTV’s TRL.

JD revealed in his interview with The Goats And Underdogs podcast from last week that he had pitched the concept of a youth-targeted video countdown show to Stephen G. Hill, then-President of Programming at BET.

The Atlanta businessman believed that TRL did not support Black performers as much as some of their pop counterparts, like Bow Wow.

“106 & Park was created by me,” Jermaine Dupri said. “I created the show for Bow Wow. I was watching MTV, and MTV had TRL. And they were catering to NSYNC and they were catering to Backstreet Boys and anything white that was coming out that was Pop. They was allowing these kids to scream and holler at them. And I was like, ‘Yo, we don’t have nothing for Black people like that. Like, where’s the Black kids that love music, why don’t they have a show like that?’

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He continued: “So I called Stephen Hill and I said, ‘Yo, I got an artist, we need to make a show just like TRL.’ And he said, ‘What’s the artist?’ And I said Bow Wow. Everybody challenges what I’m saying. Mind you, they wasn’t gonna put Bow Wow on TRL like that because he was a rapper. He was a Black, little young boy rapping. But he also was 12 years old. Nobody on TV was 12 years old anywhere creating this type of pandemonium.”

After the clip began circulating over the weekend, Bow Wow took to Twitter on Sunday morning (December 17) to refute JD’s 106 & Park origin story.

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“JD aint create 106&Park stop the cap,” the show’s former co-host wrote. “Stephen hill Rick Ghrimes & all the great people in the BET OFFICE & staff created that show. All i did was capitalize off of what they created and made it mine. I would know…. I am mr 106! I would never take away from someone’s creativity.”



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