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Born in Asheville, North Carolina, J.D. got his start early on at the age of ten years old. His father, Michael Mauldin, who was a manager, coordinated a Diana Ross show in 1982 and during the concert Dupri managed to get on-stage and dance along with Diana Ross.

He began performing around thecountry with Herbie Hancock and Cameo at the New York Fresh Festival along with Run-D.M.C. Dupri also was a dancer for the Legendary rap group Whodini at 12.

His production career began in 87, when he produced for the trio Silk Tymes Leather. Two years later, he formed his own production company and named it So So Def; by 1991 Dupri had discovered his first platinum act. After seeing the rap duo Kris Kross performing in a local mall, he signed them and prepared the duo’s first album, Totally Krossed Out. That’s when JD would establish his record label called “So So Def Recordings” and produced tracks on TLC’s first two albums.

During 1993-1994, Dupri debuted two of his new So So Def acts, Xscape and Da Brat. Both debut albums went platinum, and by the end of 1994, he had become one of the most respected R&B producers in the business. 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.

Taking notes from fellow super-producer Sean “Puffy” Combs who debuted a solo project in mid-1997, Dupri recorded his solo project in 1998 called, Life in 1472.

Dupri is one of the most recognized and successful producers to this day.

Today we salute and wish a happy birthday to Jermaine Dupri!

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