Jermaine Dupri

Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
Artist Compilations: Jermaine Dupri (feat. Keith Sweat & R.O.C.)

Biography

Jermaine Dupri Mauldin, 23 September 1972, Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Dupri has established a reputation as one of the leading contemporary US producers. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where his father, Michael Mauldin, acted as road manager for local groups. His father’s connections led to breakdancing slots for artists such as Diana Ross and Cameo. He also performed as the opening act at New York’s Fresh Festival, on a bill featuring Whodini, Run-DMC and Grandmaster Flash. Although he was barely in his teens, Dupri knew that he wanted to establish a career in record production. He gained early experience promoting and producing the anodyne female trio Silk Tymes Leather, who released one flop album, 1989’s It Ain’t Where Ya From... It’s Where Ya At, on Geffen Records. Shortly afterwards, Dupri established So So Def Records. The company’s big break came about when Dupri saw Chris Kelly and Chris Smith performing in...

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