The legendary American musician and record producer, Jermaine Dupri had an early start. At 12, he featured as a dancer in the video “Freaks Come Out at Night” released by the hip-hop band Whodini. Then he became the producer of another band Silk Tymes Leather.
Jermaine Dupri Net Worth - $2 Million
Birth Name - Jermaine Dupri Mauldin [AKA: JD, Don Chi Chi]
Date of birth - September 23, 1972
Zodiac Sign - Libra
Birth Place - Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Nationality - American
Height - 5′ 4″
Profession - Record producer, Lyricist, Rapper, Actor, Composer, Songwriter
But real success was found at the beginning of the 90s, when he had the brilliant idea of forming a very popular teen duo, named Kris Kross, made up of two teenagers named Chris (one Smith, the other one Kelly) that he had met at the local mall. The 1992 debut album of this band – Totally Krossed Out – produced by Jermaine, was a huge success, selling millions of records.
It is no wonder that, by the age of twenty-one, Jermaine Dupri was already counting millions of dollars! In 1993, Jermaine signed an important contract with So So Def Recordings that was to become his private record label. On the same year, he met the American actress and rapper DaBrat – another very inspired collaboration. Her debut album Funkdafield sold millions of copies, too.
After helping many young artists build careers, Jermaine decided to start his own singing career. It was a very good call on his part, too. His debut solo album, called Dupri Presents Life In 1472: The Original Soundtrack, received in 1999 nomination for the Best Rap Album. Then, Jermaine collaborated with popular artists, such as Lil Wayne, Weezer or the famous singers Mariah Carey and Usher. He also collaborated with DJ Chuckie on the song Let the Bass Kick, and Lil Bow Wow.
His biggest success came with Mariah Carey’s We Belong Together. That hit marked Mariah’s return to the big musical stage and managed to maintain on top of the American charts for fourteen weeks in a row. Jermaine’s contribution to the self-titled debut album of Destiny Child in 1998 brought him wider recognition.
The gossips about Jermaine Dupri going broken were not absurdly far from the truth. In 2006, his net worth was estimated at $60 million. Two years later, Dupri declared that his annual salary was about $11 million. On the same year, Dupri was sued by the state of Georgia over $135,749. Dupri’s attorney admitted that Jermaine owed $3.2 million worth taxes to the American state.
Last year, Dupri had a rough time, when a new lawsuit was filed against him and his record label by SunTrust Bank. The artist was asked to pay $1.9million. He counter-sued that bank, accusing it of having changed the loan terms, putting him in the embarrassing position of being unable to pay off his debts.
After years of fighting the banks Jermaine finally lost his $5M Atlanta mansion residence to foreclosure. Nowadays the Jermaine Dupri Net Worth is $2 million.