Jermaine Dupri

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Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri in 2009.jpg
Dupri in 2009
Background information
Birth name Jermaine Dupri Mauldin[1]
Also known as JD, Don Chi Chi
Born (1972-09-23) September 23, 1972 (age 43)[2]
Asheville, North Carolina, United States[3]
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Hip hop, R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter, rapper
Years active 1984–present
Labels So So Def
Associated acts Kris Kross, Janet Jackson, Bow Wow, Jay-Z, Usher, Yung Berg , Xscape, Nelly, Da Brat, Mariah Carey, TLC

Jermaine Dupri Mauldin (born September 23, 1972), known as Jermaine Dupri or JD, is an American record producer, songwriter and rapper.[4][5]

Early life and career[edit]

Dupri got his start as a dancer for the hip hop group Whodini when he was twelve.[6][7] He made an appearance in their music video for the song "Freaks Come Out At Night".[8][9] In 1990, he produced his first act- the female hip hop trio Silk Tymes Leather.[10][11] He later formed the teen duo Kris Kross (Chris Kelly and Chris Smith) after meeting the boys at a local mall in 1991.[12] The group's first album, Totally Krossed Out, was released in 1992 and went multi-platinum due to their singles "Jump" and "It's a Shame". He established his own record label called So So Def Recordings in 1993. Shortly after, he discovered female R&B group Xscape at a festival in Atlanta and signed them to the label. Their first album, Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha, went platinum. During the same year, on Yo! MTV Raps he met Da Brat through Kris Kross, signed her to his label So So Def Recordings, and released her debut Funkdafied (1994) which went platinum. So So Def Recordings entered into a distribution partnership with Columbia Records in 1993. In 1995, he collaborated with Mariah Carey for the first time on the number one hit single "Always Be My Baby." He contributed to Lil' Kim's 1996 album, Hard Core on the track "Not Tonight".

In 1998, Jermaine Dupri was involved in the release of Destiny's Child's eponymous debut album. Dupri renewed the focus on his own music career and released The Party Continues, the lead single from his debut studio album Jermaine Dupri Presents Life In 1472: The Original Soundtrack. Also that year he met Lil Bow Wow and signed him to So So Def Recordings. The two would later part ways but continued to collaborate on later projects. The deal with Columbia was terminated in 2002 and in 2003 Dupri switched to Arista Records. Jermaine worked on Mariah Carey's Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You, as well as with Weezer and Lil Wayne on the song "Can't Stop Partying." He also collaborated with DJ Chuckie to make a vocal version of the song "Let The Bass Kick".

He contributed to several of Mariah Carey's albums, most notably working with her on 2005's The Emancipation Of Mimi with the smash hit "We Belong Together". It stayed at number one for fourteen non-consecutive weeks, becoming the second longest running number one song in US chart history, behind Carey's 1996 collaboration with Boyz II Men on "One Sweet Day". He has also made a contribution to R&B singer Usher's career, producing many songs from his albums My Way, 8701 and Confessions. On October 7, 2013, he replaced Randy Jackson as Carey's talent manager.[13] He later parted ways with Carey in August 2014.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Dupri has one daughter, named Shaniah Cymoné Mauldin (born May 15, 1998), with ex-girlfriend, Pam Sweat. He dated R&B/pop singer Janet Jackson from August 2001 to March 2009.

Jermaine Dupri in 2005


Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards [15]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1999 Life in 1472 Best Rap Album Nominated
1999 "Money Ain't a Thang" Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Nominated
2006 "We Belong Together" Best R&B Song Won
2006 "We Belong Together" Song of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ Miller, Matthew L. "Jermaine Dupri (b. 1972)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  2. ^ Miller, Matthew L. "Jermaine Dupri (b. 1972)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  3. ^ Miller, Matthew L. "Jermaine Dupri (b. 1972)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  4. ^ "Jermaine Dupri Presents Life in 1472 Review | Music Reviews and News". 1998-07-31. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  5. ^ "Jermaine Dupri : Black Entrepreneurs, Black CEO, Black Executive, Black Billionaires, Entrepreneur Profile". Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  6. ^ Miller, Matthew L. "Jermaine Dupri (b. 1972)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  7. ^ Wake, Matt. "Whodini Q&A: Seminal hip-hop group tells stories behind their rap classics". Alabama Media Group. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  8. ^ Hess, Mickey (2009-11-25). Hip Hop In America: A Regional Guide (Paperback ed.). ABC-CLIO. p. 479. ISBN 978-0-313-34321-6. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  9. ^ Nguyen, Hao. "Hip-Hop Gem: Jermaine Dupri Started Out As A Dancer For Whodini". Stop The Breaks. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  10. ^ Gonzales, Michael A. (1996). East Vs. West: Biggie & Puffy Break Their Silence. Vibe Magazine. p. 137. 
  11. ^ Miller, Matthew L. "Jermaine Dupri (b. 1972)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  12. ^ Miller, Matthew L. "Jermaine Dupri (b. 1972)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  13. ^ "Mariah Carey Hires Jermaine Dupri as Manager". 7 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Bobb, Maurice (5 August 2014). "Mariah Carey Parts Ways With Longtime Manager Jermaine Dupri". MTV. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Rock on the Net". Retrieved 2013-02-04. 

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