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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 -- 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 >

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 >

- 572 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 >

- 660 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 >

- 680 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 >

- 808 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 >

- 930 days ago
Jermaine Dupri -- Learns VERY Expensive Tax Lesson

Jermaine Dupri
Learns VERY Expensive Tax Lesson

Jermaine Dupri is tax debt free after he recently paid off a giant lien ... but it cost him nearly TWICE AS MUCH as it should have. According to docs filed recently in Georgia, Dupri owed… READ MORE >

- 1051 days ago
Jermaine Dupri -- Sued Over $80,000 in Unpaid Lamborghini Bills

Jermaine Dupri
Sued Over $80,000 in Unpaid Lamborghini Bills

Not only was Jermaine Dupri's mega-expensive Lamborghini repossessed recently -- now, the people who fronted him the cash to pay for it are out for blood ... claiming the producer still owes them… READ MORE >

- 1079 days ago
Da Brat -- 'Every Female In Prison Wanted Me'

Da Brat
'Every Female in Prison Wanted Me'

Formerly incarcerated rapper Da Brat tells TMZ she did NOT strike up a romance with another female inmate during her time behind bars ... though she insists everyone wanted a shot at her… READ MORE >

- 1362 days ago
Dupri: So So Defamation

Dupri:
So So Defamation

Jermaine Dupri may need to call his GF Miss Jackson, because he's been nasty!Dupri is being sued by Aika Kendrick, who claims JD recorded a personal phone call with her and used it on a song… READ MORE >

- 2264 days ago

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