The R&B singer reflects on his strained relationship with Mai after he remixed her hit track.
During a recent appearance on Big Facts Podcast, Jacquees revisited the controversy and said before there was any animosity over the track, he and Ella Mai were friends. “I don’t think nobody know that,” said the singer. “We was friends. When I met Ella Mai she was already a fan. I remember I went on tour with Chris Brown, I was onstage or whatever and my security was like, ‘Ella Mai backstage, she wanna meet you.’… I got backstage, she in the room and she’s like, ‘What’s up Jacquees, I’m a fan, I like your music, I’m from London or whatever.'”
Later, Jacquees claims that he DM’d Ella Mai and told her that he loved “Trip” and told her that he planned on remixing the song. “I remember when I put it out, she commented on it. She put all the fire on it.” However, after his version circulated, there were alleged shady remarks from the British singer and it puzzled Jacquees, especially after the cease and desist was reportedly served.
“I just feel like a couple people made her think that I was doing something wrong. Of course, she just now steppin’ into the game. N*ggas been doing remixes and covers forever and they were tryin’ to say I was monetizing off of the record when I wasn’t.” Check out his explanation before and listen to his remix of “Trip” above.