Jermaine Dupri Mauldin (born September 23, 1972, age: 45) is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer, songwriter and rapper. He was previously Janet Jackson’s boyfriend and is rumored to be currently dating the singer.

He has worked with and produced music for Kriss Kross, Mariah Carey, Usher, Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, TLC, Aretha Franklin, Ludacris, Alicia Keys, and Bow Wow, among others.

He was born in Asheville, North Carolina and was raised in Atlanta.

JERMAINE DUPRI BIO: EARLY LIFE AND CAREER

Dupri is the son of Tina and Michael Mauldin, a Columbia Records executive. Dupri’s musical career started before he was even ten years old. His father, who was also a talent manager, coordinated a Diana Ross show in 1982. Dupri got on stage and danced beside Ross, to the amusement of concert-goers.

At age 12, Dupri began dancing with the hip hop group Whodini. He had a cameo in the music video for their song “Freaks Come Out At Night.” Dupri started performing across the country, and even opened the New York Festival one year with Whodini, Run-DMC, and Grandmaster Flash.

JERMAINE DUPRI BIO: RISE TO FAME IN 1997

One of the first major artists Dupri collaborated with was Mariah Carey. The pair first worked together in 1995 on Carey’s hit single “Always Be My Baby.” Dupri also contributed to Lil’ Kim’s 1996 album Hard Core on the track “Not Tonight.”

In 1997, Dupri co-wrote and produced multiple tracks on Usher’s second album, “My Way.” The lead track, “You Make Me Wanna,” reached number-one on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The singles “Nice & Slow” and “My Way” peaked at numbers one and two respectively on Billboard 100.

Dupri also helped produce Destiny Child’s eponymous debut album in 1998. Shortly afterwards, he began developing his own music career, which began with his first record Jermaine Dupri Presents Life In 1472: The Original Soundtrack, which included the lead single “The Party Continues.” He also met Lil Bow Wow that year and signed him to So So Def Recordings. Dupri then teamed up again with Carey for her Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You, and also collaborated with Weezer and Lil Wayne on the song “Can’t Stop Partying.”

JERMAINE DUPRI BIO: 2004-2009, USHER, MARIAH CAREY

Dupri reunited with Usher in 2004 to co-write and co-produce three Billboard 100 singles on the latter’s Confessions album: “Burn,” “Confessions Part II,” and “My Boo.” Confessions won Grammys for Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

In 2005, Dupri worked again with Carey on the record The Emancipation of Mimi for the hit song “We Belong Together.” That single stayed at number one for 14 non-consecutive weeks, becoming the second-longest-running number one song in U.S. chart history, behind Carey’s 1996 hit with Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day.”

“We Belong Together” won Grammy’s for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.

In October 2007, Dupri published his memoir, Young, Rich and Dangerous: The Making of a Music Mogul. In November 2007, he co-produced and co-wrote with No I.D. this time on Jay-Z’s tenth studio album American Gangster. 

JERMAINE DUPRI BIO: RELATIONSHIP WITH JANET JACKSON

In 2002, rumors began circulating that Dupri was in a relationship with Jackson. However, Jackson was also romantically linked to other celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Matthew McConaughey.

Dupri and Jackson collaborated on her ninth studio album, 20 Y.O., in 2005. Jackson began recording her ninth studio album, 20 Y.O., in 2005. She recorded with Dupri and two other producers for several months during the following year. The album’s title was a reference to the two decades since the release of her breakthrough album Control.

Eventually, 20 Y.O. was nominated for a Grammy, although Dupri was highly criticized following the album’s release for his misguided production style, and was subsequently removed from his position at Virgin Records.

Despite all this, Dupri and Jackson continued to date until 2009, the year Jackson’s brother Michael died.

In late December 2017, reports began surfacing that Dupri and Jackson had begun dating again, although other media outlets said they were simply friends who were mulling another collaboration.

JERMAINE DUPRI BIO: 2010-PRESENT: THE RAP GAME

In October 2013, Dupri replaced Randy Jackson as Carey’s talent manager. Carey and Dupri stopped collaborating in August 2014, although they remained in touch.

In 2015, Dupri and Queen Latifah created a reality television series, The Rap Game, an eight-episode show that premiered on Lifetime on Jan. 1, 2016. It followed five emerging artists, ages 11–16, who were immersed in the Atlanta hip-hop scene in a quest to become a rap star. Dupri was joined by guests including Usher, Ludacris, Da Brat, T.I. and Silentó; they gave the competitors advice on what it takes to be in the industry.

JERMAINE DUPRI INTERVIEW: THE RAP GAME, HIS LABEL SO SO DEF

In early 2016, Dupri sat down with uinterview for an exclusive interview about The Rap Game, the current state of hip hop and rap music, and his record label So So Def Recordings.

When asked what’s missing from modern rap, Dupri was quick with a one word answer — Mulatto. By Mulatto, he means the 16-year-old hip-hop artist who proved herself ready to get into the studio with Dupri on Lifetime’s The Rap Game.

“I’m not just saying [Mulatto] because she’s my artist. I’m just saying that I believe that rap is all in this one space right row,” Dupri explained in an exclusive interview with uInterview. “It’s just in a space where rappers believe they have to sell dope. Rappers believe that they believe they have to go to strip clubs. Rappers believe that they have to use profanity to actually be a successful rapper. To me, that’s just one piece of rap.”

JERMAINE DUPRI BIO: HEIGHT, NET WORTH, QUOTES, SOCIAL MEDIA

Dupri’s height is listed as 5-foot-4. His Twitter and Instagram handles are both @jermainedupri.

His net worth is estimated at $2 million, a significant decline from where it started.

QUOTES:

“Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad,’”

“I’m one of those guys a lot of people watch, imitate, and then make it seem like they were the ones who did it first.”

“When I came out rapping on my record, a lot of people said, Oh, you just want to be like Puff.”

“People are just really overreacting. It’s just feel good music. We at Virgin are in no way promoting sex or whatever these media outlets continue to print.”

 

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