Who is Jermaine Dupri? What is net worth of Jermaine Dupri? If you are a fan of Hip hop music and are following the American Music industry closely it is very unlikely that you have not heard of Jermaine Dupri. He was named Jermaine Dupri Mauldin and is probably one of the very few Hip Hop artists not to have an unrelated moniker. He simply calls himself Jermaine Dupri or JD on stage. This shows how humble and down to earth he is. He is a songwriter, rapper, hip hop recording artist and a record producer all rolled into one.
Jermaine Dupri Mauldin was born on September 23, 1972, to Tina Mosley and Michael Mauldin. He was born in Asheville, North Carolina but later moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he was raised for most of his life. Even though Jermaine’s first outing as a hip-hop dancer was when he was 12 years old and part of the dance group, the Whodini’s; he made himself popular when he was barely 10 years old. Along with his father’s help who was an Atlanta talent manager, he managed to get on stage and dance along with Diana Ross who was performing in Atlanta and the concert goers just loved this.
Jermaine started making appearances as a hip hop dancer and even featured in the music video ‘Freaks come out at night’. He began performing at different stages eventually opening the New York Fresh Festival which featured their troupe, Whodini along with run DMC and Grandmaster Flash.
Career: Using his new found popularity, Jermaine thought it best to start music production which was his passion all along. At just 18 years old he produced his debut act Silk Tymes Leather which was an all woman trio. He soon formed the teen duo, Kriss Cross when he met the Cross brothers for the first time at a mall in 1991. Once again, he proved his talent in selecting the right people to produce music for because the group’s very first album, Totally Krossed out went multi-platinum on the charts and remained at the top of the lists for several days.
Jermaine started his own production company, So So Def Recordings and produced several tracks over the years including the hit song ‘Always be my Baby’ sung by Mariah Carey.1997 was a big year for Jermaine as he co-wrote multiple tracks on Usher’s second album, My way.
He decided that he needed to focus on his own music career and so started working on his debut studio album soon after this and even released the lead single from his album, ‘The party continues’ in 1998. Over the years, Jermaine has worked on many collaborations and has worked on a lot of songs as a co-writer. After gaining popularity as a song producer, he also co-produced various albums during this time.
In 2015, Jermaine teamed up with Queen Latifah to create a unique reality television series, The Rap Game. It was about five kids between the ages of 11-16, all of whom were aspiring rappers and were closely following the Atlanta Hip Hop scene. They were mentored and given advice by the show’s guests who included famous rappers like Ludacris, usher, and Silent. These rappers imparted useful advice to the competitors how to survive in the industry.
Jermaine Dupri Net Worth
As of 2017, Jermaine’s net worth has dropped to a mere $2.8 million US dollars. His net worth included a fully furnished luxury mansion in Atlanta, Fulton County. This mansion alone was valued at $3.7 million! His album releases have contributed nicely to the growth in his net worth as well.