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Jermaine Dupri

Jermaine Dupri Mauldin (born September 23, 1972), known as Jermaine Dupri or JD, is an American record producer, songwriter and rapper. Before continuing his artistic career, Dupri opened a small store, "Rap Corna Guuds". He later formed the teen duo Kris Kross (Chris Kelly and Chris Smith) after meeting the boys at a local mall in 1991. 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 newly minted label. Hummin' Comin' at 'Cha and went platinum. During the same year, on Yo! MTV Raps he met Chicago rapper Shawntae Harris, A.K.A. Da Brat through Kris Kross, signed her to his label So So Def Recordings, and released her debut Funkdafied (1994) which went Platinum. His finances were not hindered by a distribution deal made with Columbia Records in 1993. In 1998, Jermaine Dupri surpassed all of his prior commercial ventures with his involvement in the release of Destiny's Child's eponymous debut album. Dupri renewed the focus

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Jermaine Dupri -- My EVIL Bank Screwed Me Out of MILLION$$$

Jermaine Dupri
My EVIL Bank Screwed Me Out of MILLION$$$

Hip Hop mogul Jermaine Dupri says his bank wined-and-dined him, then treated him like an uneducated idiot in a plot to snatch millions of dollars from him ... TMZ has learned. We broke the story… READ MORE >

Jermaine Dupri -- $80,000 LOSER In Lamborghini War

Jermaine Dupri
$79,000 Loser In Lamborghini War

Jermaine Dupri just lost a nasty $79,000 battle over a badass Lamborghini he hasn't driven in two years ... TMZ has learned. We broke the story ... Dupri was hit with a big, fat lawsuit back in… READ MORE >

- 934 days ago
Jermaine Dupri -- The Tax Party Continues ... With $800,000 Bill

Jermaine Dupri
The Tax Party Continues ... $800,000 Bill

Jermaine Dupri is SO SO Def screwed ... Uncle Sam just slapped the hip-hop mogul with a giant tax bill ... to the tune of $800,000. According to two separate tax liens filed by the IRS (everyone's… READ MORE >

- 957 days ago
Jermaine Dupri In DANGER of Losing So So Def Music

Jermaine Dupri
In DANGER Of Losing So So Def Music

Jermaine Dupri is in jeopardy of losing his rights to the music from his So So Def label ... because he can't seem to pay off an enormous loan.Dupri borrowed $4.8 mil from SunTrust Bank back in… READ MORE >

- 986 days ago
Jermaine Dupri -- BACKWARD PANTS at Kris Kross Funeral [Photo]

Jermaine Dupri
BACKWARD PANTS at Kris Kross Funeral

The rumors were true ... Jermaine Dupri DID wear his pants backwards to Chris Kelly's funeral today as a tribute to the Kris Kross rapper, and TMZ has the pic. Dupri discovered Kris Kross… READ MORE >

- 1007 days ago
Jermaine Dupri -- DEVASTATED ... 'Chris Kelly Was Like a Son to Me'

Jermaine Dupri
DEVASTATED 'Chris Kelly Was Like a Son to Me'

Jermaine Dupri -- the guy who discovered Kris Kross -- says Chris Kelly was like a member of his family ... and he was crushed when he learned of his death. Dupri -- who was 18-years-old when he… READ MORE >

- 1015 days ago
Jermaine Dupri -- Money Ain't a Thang ... Pays Off $3 MILLION Tax Lien!

Jermaine Dupri
Money Ain't a Thang ... Pays Off $3 Mil Tax Lien!

Jermaine Dupri is eatin' crab, watching bitches shake s**t all night ... you know why? Because the music mogul just took a huge load off his shoulders -- AND PAID OFF A $3 MILLION TAX LIEN!!!!The… READ MORE >

- 1103 days ago
Jermaine Dupri Barely Saves House from Foreclosure ... Again

Jermaine Dupri
Barely Saves House From Foreclosure ... Again

Jermaine Dupri's Atlanta mansion must have 9 lives -- because the music legend just saved the place from foreclosure ... for the SECOND TIME in 4 months.TMZ broke the story ... Jermaine's house… READ MORE >

- 1123 days ago
Jermaine Dupri Barely Rescues Atlanta Mansion from Foreclosure

Jermaine Dupri
Barely Rescues Mansion From Foreclosure

Jermaine Dupri's giant Atlanta home is safe ... for now -- because the music producer successfully rescued the place from foreclosure auction this week, after allegedly failing to pay $193,000 in… READ MORE >

- 1250 days ago
Jermaine Dupri Takes Song Requests ... For a Cool $130k

Jermaine Dupri
Takes Song Requests ... For a Cool $130k

Next time you're at a club in Vegas and Jermaine Dupri is the DJ ... feel free to request a song -- but only if you have $130,000 to blow. The rapper was spinning at TRYST nightclub at the Wynn… READ MORE >

- 1373 days ago

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