Jermaine Dupri – American singer, dancer, songwriter, producer.
Jermaine Dupri Mauldin was born on 23 September 1972 in Atlanta, Georgia. He grew up in a family of musicians. His father used to be the executive of Columbia Records. Jermaine was 9 years old when his father arranged the first public performance for him. He danced on stage with Diana Ross in 1982. The audience loved his style. When Jermaine was 12, the future rapper got an opportunity to dance with Whodini. He became famous due to his dancing moves in a music video for "Freaks Come Out At Night". Later, Mauldin collaborated with Herbie Hancock for several dance projects. He also attended the New York Fresh Festival, where he performed on one stage with Run-D.M.C., Whodini, and Grandmaster Flash.
Jermaine began his music career at 18. He formed his own hip-hop band Silk Tymes Leather. Besides him, the lineup included Kris Kross (a duo consisting of Chris Kelly and Chris Smith). The band’s first album was called Totally Krossed Out. It officially came out in 1992. The LP was recorded with the assistance of Ruffhouse Records and Columbia Records. It featured such popular songs as "I Missed the Bus", "It's a Shame", "Jump", and "Warm It Up".