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American rap artist, actor, songwriter, as well as a record producer Jermaine Dupri Mauldin, was born on 23 September 1972, in Asheville, North Carolina, and debuted in the music industry in 1998, with his first studio album entitled “Life in 1472”. The album peaked at #1 on the Top R&B albums chart, where it stayed for two consecutive weeks, and produced such singles as “The Party Continues”, “Sweetheart”, and “Money Ain’t a Thang”.
So just how rich is Jermaine Dupri, as of mid-2017? Celebrity dot money estimates that Jermaine’s net worth is around three million dollars - in 2006 it reached to as much as 60 million dollars, yet since then he has had many financial issues, including unpaid taxes, and has been struggling with paying back a loan of $4.8 million that he took out from the SunTrust Bank.
Dupri’s interest in music landed him an opportunity to work as a dancer for a hip hop trio called Whodini, with whom he was even featured on television. However, soon Dupri decided to move on from being a dancer into producing his own acts. Dupri’s first attempt at producing was a hip hop group known as Silk Tymes Leather, and shortly afterwards, Jermaine created a rap duo under the name of Kris Kross, which released their debut album called “Totally Crossed Out” in 1992, which resulted in multi-platinum certification, and in turn presented Dupri as a talented producer. Dupri then went on to discover Xscape, worked on Destiny’s Child self-titled album, and discovered Lil Bow Wow, whom he later signed to his So So Def Recordings label.
Even though Jermaine Dupri established himself as a rap artist in the music industry - with his second studio work entitled “Instructions”, which did as well on the market as its predecessor, peaking at #15 on the Billboard chart - he is more influential and known as a record producer. Dupri produced Usher’s second studio album entitled “My Way”, a commercial success, which sold more than seven million copies worldwide and topped the music charts. That same year, Jermaine Dupri worked with Mariah Carey, Mase, and Jagged Edge and produced such works as “A Jagged Era”, “Harlem World” and “Honey”. When Dupri became known as a successful producer, he joined forces with more artists, including TLC, Ludacris, Alicia Keys, Lil’ Jon and Chris Brown, and came out with such popular works as Monica’s “After the Storm”, TLC’s “Fanmail” album, Bow Wow’s “Wanted” album and many more. More recently, in 2012, he produced a single for Monica’s album “New Life” under the name of “Always”.
In 2015, Dupri created an eight-episode reality television series with Queen Latifah, called “The Rap Game”. It followed five young artists aged from 11to16, who competed to become a rap star. Dupri and guests including Da Brat, T.I. Usher, Ludacris and Silentó were the judges – no critical comments are yet forthcoming.
In his personal life, Jermaine has a daughter born in 1998 from a relationship with Pam Sweat. He has since dated Janet Jackson among others, but remains single.