Sunday, April 18, 2021

Stevie J Recalls Brutal Brawl with K-Ci After Devante Smacked Missy Elliot [VIDEO]

*Stevie J once shared the tale of how he had came to blows with K-Ci after producer/singer Devante Swing (of Jodeci) smacked the hell out of Missy Elliot, Timbaland and Ginuwine. 

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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DeVante and K-Ci
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 07: Rcording artists DeVante Swing (L) and Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey of Jodeci attend the 2014 Soul Train Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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