He was born as Jermaine Dupri Mauldin in Asheville on September 23, 1972. He is mostly known as Jermaine Dupri or JD.
He got his start as a dancer for the hip hop group Whodini when he was just 12 years old. He later forked the teen duo Kris Kross after meeting the boys at a local mall in 1991. The group’s first album,
Totally Krossed Out was released in 1992 and went multi-platinum due to their singles “Jump” and “It’s a Shame”. He established his own record label called
“So So Def Recordings” in 1993. Shortly after he discovered female R & B group “Xscape” at a festival in Atlanta and signed them to the label. Their first album “Hummin’ Comin’
at ‘Cha went platinum. He continued to discover new talent , switched to Alrista Records and worked on Mariah Carey’s Christmas album. He also worked oh her future albums.
His successes continue and he is in constant demand.