He was born in Asheville, North Carolina and was raised in Atlanta.
He has worked with and produced for Kris Kross, Mariah Carey, Usher, Jay-Z, Nelly, Monica, Migos, Da Brat, Xscape, Janet Jackson, TLC, Aretha Franklin, Ludacris, Alicia Keys, and Bow Wow.
He later formed the teen duo Kris Kross (Chris Kelly and Chris Smith) after meeting the boys at a local mall in 1991.
The lead single, "You Make Me Wanna", reached number-one on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart.The follow up single "Nice & Slow" went to number-one on the Billboard 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and the last single, "My Way" peaked at number-two on Billboard 100.It seems the source would love to see them get back together, noting, “When they were together, Janet had never felt as good as when she was with him.” “She is good friends with Jermaine. He’s been there for her and she loves that about him.Anything can happen in the future but right now she has a lot on her plate.” “She is doing great and feeling great on her tour,” the source added.“Her baby is by her side as much as she can allow it. She looks great and is always so grateful to everyone that helps her and works with her.
Rumors are swirling about Janet Jackson’s love life! Last month, there were rumors that Janet and Jermaine were “getting close again.” A source told E! 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.The two would later part ways but continued to collaborate on later projects.The deal with Columbia was terminated in 2002 and in 2003 Dupri switched to Arista Records.All three singles have been certified Platinum by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).