Rewind to the 90’s …back to the height of Stevie’s super-producer days when he worked with Missy Elliot, Jodeci, Ginuwine, Tweet, Timbaland, and others who were part of Devante’s Swing Mob label.
In a 2017 interview with Drink Champs, Stevie recounted the brutal fist fight he had in the recording studio one night with K-ci (of Jodeci), Devante’s cousin and his bodyguard.
The folks over at I Love Old School Music shared some of the highlights from the fight, as detailed by Stevie J in the YouTube clip above — check it out below.
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Stevie J. On What He Watched Devante’ Swing Do To Missy, Ginuwine, & Timbaland
Stevie said that one day they were all in the N.Y. based studio- himself, Missy Elliot, Timbaland, Ginuwine, Jodeci, and others- when Devante Swing walked in with his cousin, bodyguards, and walked up to each of his artists and started smacking them hard, one by one. Stevie said Devante’s cousin went behind him and smacked them again, while they stood there and did nothing.
Stevie J. and K-Ci’s Fight Erupts
Stevie J. said Devante knew not to try that with him, but apparently Devante’s cousin didn’t get that memo.
Stevie and Devante’s cousin started arguing and that’s when K-Ci jumped in and Stevie started trading blows with K-Ci, Devante’s cousin, and Devante’s bodyguard all at the same damn time! The fight got so vicious that Stevie said somebody hit him over the head with a bottle and that he still has the scar over his eye.
Missy, Ginuwine, Timbaland & Others Left Devante’s Label Thanks To Stevie J.
As soon as the fight was over, Stevie told Ginuwine, Missy, Timbaland that they were stupid if they stayed with Devante’s label. Stevie’s words must have affected them, because soon after that, they all left Devante’s label and started their own thing.
Scroll up and hear Steve J tell it via the clip up top.