Jermaine Dupri is more than just a heartthrob hip-hop/R&B superstar. The music mogul is also a Grammy Award-winning musician with multiple revenue streams. He earns his money not just from singing, but also from writing songs, producing records, acting, entrepreneurial stints, TV production, and as a disc jockey. In his more than two-decade career, Dupri has banded together with big shots such as Queen Latifah, Usher, Nelly, Jay-Z, and many others. Being a household name, the groundbreaking music elite has also taken his trade beyond the music industry, having toured around the country. He also guides and mentors up-and-coming singers struggling to find their feet in the industry.
Jermaine Dupri’s Bio (Age)
Some of his fans call him JD while others refer to him as Don Chi Chi – the hip-hop artist loves both nicknames as much as his real name – Jermaine Dupri Mauldin. The son of Michael Mauldin (father) and Tina Mauldin (mother), Jermaine is a native of Asheville, North Carolina but he was raised up in Atlanta, after his birth on 23rd September 1972. The rapper is an American by nationality and Black by ethnicity.
Like most notable performers, the musician started out at a very tender age. He was first noticed in the show business at the age of twelve when he started dancing for the Brooklyn, New York-based renowned hip-hop group Whodini. He also featured in the group’s music video for the track Freaks Come Out At Night, after which he began touring around the country alongside popular artists such as Herbie Hancock (born Herbert Jeffrey Hancock), an American actor, bandleader, pianist, composer, and keyboardist, and Cameo, an American-based soul-influenced funk group.
Jermaine Dupri, who has influenced many young talents of this generation, produced his first act, Silk Tymes Leather (a female hip hop trio) in the year 1990 and later the teen duo Kris Kross (Chris Kelly and Chris Smith) after he met the pair in 1991 at a local mall. The rapper recorded a significant milestone in 1993 when he launched his own record label. Shortly after So So Def was established, Dupri discovered and signed the female R&B group Xscape to the label and later entered into a distribution partnership with Sony Music’s record label, Columbia Records.
Over the course of his career, the R&B singer has racked up a total of four Grammy Award nominations, winning one for his single hit, We Belong Here, which made it to the list as the Best R&B Song at the Grammy Awards of the year 2006.
He has worked jointly with stars like Mariah Carey (1995, on the hit single, Always Be My Baby), Lil Kim (1996; on the track Not Tonight), Janet Jackson, Da Brat, Aretha Franklin, Monica, Migos, Bow Wow, Ludacris, Xscape, Alicia Keys, and Usher (1997, on the lead single You Make Me Wanna from his second album, My Way). Usher’s three hit singles (My Boo, Confessions Part II, and Burn) from his fourth studio album which Jermaine Dupri co-wrote and co-produced became Billboard Hot 100 number one songs consecutively while Confession won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Best Contemporary R&B Album and was also certified diamond by RIAA (the Recording Industry Association of America).
In a bid to expand his business empire, Dupri met Queen Latifah and the two successfully created a reality TV series titled: The Rap Game in 2015. The show has hosted high-profile personalities such as T.I, Ludacris, Silento, Da Brat, and Usher, who coached competitors on everything they need to know to excel in the industry.
The multi-hyphenate vegan and big fan of the plant-based diet through PETA, was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in the year 2008.
Jermaine Dupri is the son of Tina Maidlm and Michael Mauldin (father), an entertainment industry executive who also serves as a live event producer and CEO of Scream Nation in the music industry. Born on 30th October 1953 in Murphy Nort Carolina, the rapper’s dad banks as a music executive, promoter, and entrepreneur. He is one of those that helped in the establishment and promotion of Jermaine’s label, So So Def.
Family – Daughter and Wife
The musician shares a daughter called Shaniah Cymone Mauldin with Pam Sweat, whom he met when he was 25 years. Born in 1998, Shaniah is best known as the musician’s daughter and for starring in the TV show: Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta.
The rapper also has another daughter with an Atlanta-area mother called Sarai Jones. Dupri doesn’t have a wife and he is yet to legally tie the knot with any of these women yet. The Grammy Award-winning star has been linked to superstar singer Janet Jackson, whom he dated for seven years (2002 – 2009). The two are rumoured to have rekindled their love for each other although none of them has publicly addressed the growing rumour.
Jermaine Dupri stands at a height of 1.61 meters, which is the same as 5 feet 3 inches while his body mass is measured to be 70 kilograms. Further details about his body size are difficult to come by.