DUPRI Happy 42nd birthday Jermaine Dupri ! Born Jermaine Dupri Mauldin , also called JD , he is a music producer, songwriter, and rapper best known for his collaborations.

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…Throughout his career he has worked with Jay Z, Bow Wow, Master P, Usher, TLC, Xscape, Nelly, Da Brat, and Mariah Carey…