While it is a popular knowledge that Jermaine Dupri is a multi-hyphenate artist, you might be surprised to discover that he is the brain behind some of your favorite all-time hits. With over two decades in the industry, JD, as he is fondly called, has not just become a household name but has also been globally recognized for his numerous endeavors. Here are interesting facts you must know about the dancer, rapper, DJ, songwriter, and record producer/executive.
Jermaine Dupri Bio (Age)
Jermaine Dupri Mauldin was born on the 23rd of September 1972. Though his hometown is Asheville, North Carolina, he was basically raised in Atlanta following his father’s career in the entertainment industry. Dupri’s journey to fame began at an early age. Guided by his father, the rap star’s music inclinations were gradually honed and established for the very competitive music industry. Even before his teenage years, Dupri was already performing alongside top shots in the industry; he became part of a hip hop dance group called Whodini. Jermaine’s stint with the dance group had him touring and performing at various events across the country.
Today, JD or Don Chi Chi as he is also called is renowned as a rapper and record producer/executive. But only a few people are aware that Dupri once owned a store – Rap Corna Guuds before eventually choosing his career as a rapper. Jermaine made his debut as a producer in the year 1990 with a female hip hop trio called the Silk Tymes Leather. Shortly after, he followed up with his next production for the group Kriss Kross made up of the duo Chris Smith and Chris Kelly. Dupri had a major breakthrough in the year 1993 when he created his own So So Def label. Jermaine’s first act under his new label was the female R&B group Xscape whose debut album Hummin’ Comin was a huge success. Shortly after, Dupri’s label signed a distribution partnership deal with Columbia Records but after a few successful years, the contract was terminated and Dupri moved on to Arista Records.
Besides his debut album Life In 1472 and subsequently Instructions, the American rapper has worked with industry top shots to produce super hit songs. Most notably are collaborations with Destiny Child, Usher, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Bow Wow, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Janet Jackson, Xscape, Lil Kim, and Migos. In 2015, Dupri and Queen Latifah successfully launched The Rap Game, a reality TV series on Lifetime which discovers and coaches new talents in the competitive industry.
Jermaine Dupri’s contributions and hard work in the industry has paid off, earning him several recognitions both locally and across the globe. So far, the rapper has been nominated four times for the prestigious Grammy Awards and has won one in 2006 with his hit song We Belong Here, as the Best R&B Song for that year. More so, in 2008, Jermaine was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
His Net Worth
Jermaine Dupri was once known to be one of the wealthiest in the industry. The rapper, record producer, and songwriter’s current net worth is estimated at $2 million, a rusty figure when compared to his financial value in the early 2000s.
Dupri suffered a big loss in the year 2013 when he defaulted on a loan agreement and was consequently sued by SunTrust Bank. He has since suffered many more financial hazards including losing his Atlanta home in 2014. Nonetheless, Dupri continues to wax strong in the industry and hopes to have a major financial comeback soon enough.
Dad, Wife, and Kids
Jermaine Dupri didn’t fall far from his tree as he seemingly inherited his father’s business and entrepreneurial genes. He is the son of Tina Mauldin and Michael Mauldin, a popular music executive back in the ’90s. In addition, Dupri’s father can boast of being a successful entrepreneur, talent manager, and music promoter, which are all undaunted proofs of his business acumen. Michael was very instrumental in shaping his son’s career choice. In fact, thanks to his dad, Jermaine’s musical career began before he was 10 and he was privileged to perform alongside Diana Ross as a kid in 1982. More so, Michael was of immense support in establishing the rapper’s So So Def label.
Jermaine Dupri has never been married but has had an interesting dating history. Over the years, the rapper has been in a couple of high profile relationships which have made headlines. His first notable relationship was with Pam Sweat. Though the ex-lovers never made it down the aisle, they share a child together, a daughter named Shaniah Cymone who was born in 1998.
Next was Jermaine’s long term relationship with pop singer Janet Jackson. Dupri and Janet were so into each other and even had a collaboration in her 2005 album, 20 Y.O. Their romance later metamorphosed into an engagement at some point but after 8 years together (2001-2009), they called it quits. However, in the fall of 2017, unconfirmed reports emerged speculating that the former lovers have rekindled their flame but neither of the parties has publicly addressed the speculations.
Dupri has presumably not found the kind of love to settle with so far and continues to freely enjoy the perks of singlehood. The rap star is also a dad to another child, a daughter he fathered with an Atlanta-based lady, Sarai Jones.