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Beginning with breakout success in 1992 upon the discovery of teenage rappers Kris Kross, Jermaine Dupri became one of the most consistent and all-persuasive producers of the 1990s, producing practically the entire careers of many artists on his label, So So Def Recordings (including platinum entries like Xscape and Da Brat as well as Kris Kross). In addition, Dupri provided a steady hand to many of the most high-profile R&B albums of the decade, such as TLC's CrazySexyCool (ten times platinum) and Mariah Carey's Daydream (eight times platinum). His promising musical career began before he was even ten years old. His father, Atlanta manager Michael Mauldin, had coordinated a Diana Ross show in 1982; to the delight of concert-goers, Dupri managed to get on-stage and dance along with Ross. He began performing around the country, appearing with Herbie Hancock and Cameo before he opened the New York Fresh Festival, with Run-D.M.C., Whodini, and Grandmaster Flash. Dupri's production career began in 1987, when at the age of 14 he produced and secured a record contract for the trio Silk Tymes Leather. Two years later, he formed So So Def Productions in Atlanta; by 1991 Dupri had found his first platinum act. After seeing the pint-size rap duo Kris Kross performing in a local mall, he signed them and prepared their debut album. Totally Krossed Out spent two weeks at number one and quickly sold four million copies. The pair's lack of staying power was somewhat obvious, and Dupri kept working, producing tracks on TLC's first two albums, which sold over 15 million copies between the two of them. During 1993-1994, Dupri debuted two of his new So So Def acts, Xscape and Da Brat. Both debut albums hit platinum, thanks in large part to Dupri, and by the end of 1994, he had become one of the most respected R&B producers in the business. He worked with superstar Mariah Carey and old-school rap acts like Run-D.M.C. and Whodini. Dupri's next major success came in 1997, when he took over the production for a sophomore album by a suave teenage R&B singer named Usher. The album, My Way, became one of the biggest of the year, selling over two million copies in its first three months of release. Taking a page from the book of fellow super-producer Sean "Puffy" Combs (who debuted a solo project in mid-1997), Dupri returned to performing in early 1998 with a single, "The Party Continues." After collaborating with Snoop Doggy Dogg, fellow Atlanta residents OutKast, Slick Rick, Nas, and Master P, he released his debut solo album (as JD), Life in 1472, in July 1998. Instructions followed in 2001. ~ John Bush
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Stations Featuring
Jermaine Dupri

    '00s Hip-Hop

    '00s Hip-Hop
    1 song

    '90s R&B

    '90s R&B
    1 song

Albums by
Jermaine Dupri

Top Songs by
Jermaine Dupri

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Welcome to Atlanta
  3.   Gotta Getcha
  4.   Sweetheart
  5.   Welcome to Atlanta by Ludacris
  6.   WYA (Where You At?)
  7.   Ballin' Out of Control
  8.   Whatever
  9.   I Think They Like Me featuring Bow Wow
  10.   Money Ain't a Thang featuring Jay Z
  11.   Going Home With Me
  12.   The Party Continues
  13.   Jazzy Hoes featuring 8Ball
  14.   Turn It Out by Nas
  15.   Get Your Shit Right
  16.   Pull Up feat. Ty Dolla $ign & The Migos
  17.   I Think They Like Me
  18.   Three the Hard Way
  19.   Lay You Down featuring Tamara Powell
  20.   All That's Got to Go
  21.   Fresh by Slick Rick
  22.   Don't Hate on Me
  23.   You Get Dealt Wit
  24.   Level Up
  25.   Foes
  26.   I've Got To Have It featuring Monica
  27.   10 Toes featuring Daz
  28.   Grown Man
  29.   So What
  30.   I'm Hot featuring Daz
  31.   Rock With Me
  32.   The Morning After
  33.   You Bring the Freak Out of Me
  34.   Hot Mama
  35.   Jazzy Hoes Part 2 featuring Backbone
  36.   Yours & Mine
  37.   Let's Talk About It
  38.   Prada Bag
  39.   Rules of the Game
  40.   Instructions Interlude
  41.   Supafly
  42.   Hate Blood
  43.   Hate
  44.   Get Some
  45.   The Dream
  46.   Money, Hoes & Power
  47.   LP Intro
  48.   Protector's of 1472
  49.   Alessandro Michele
  50.   Jazzy H***
  51.   Get Your Sh** Right
  52.   F U Pay Me

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