Jermaine Dupri Is Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Jermaine Dupri is the reason why the South took over Hip Hop and now continues to dominate the culture of record producing. While Diddy was building his musical empire in the Northeast, Dupri was busting down doors, breaking groups and earning checks and respect for his new Southern empire that he was forming with the burgeoning city of Atlanta serving as home-base for the explosion. 

Jermaine Dupri – Welcome To Atlanta ft. Ludacris

Jermaine Dupri’s official music video for ‘Welcome To Atlanta feat. Ludacris’. Click to listen to Jermaine Dupri on Spotify: As featured on Instructions.

That Southern-driven empire grew into a global phenomenon and Dupree has become one of the all-time great music moguls and respected groundbreaking entrepreneurs. 

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The latest affirmation of his musical prominence comes from the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF), which named the Hip Hop and rhythm and blues producer along with members of funk band Kool & the Gang as part of its 2018 class on Tuesday.  

Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It

Music video by Kool & The Gang performing Get Down On It. (C) 1981 The Island Def Jam Music Group

The SHOF announced this years inductees via a statement on its website. The Kool & The Gang honorees include bassist Robert Kool Bell, saxophonist Ronald Bell, drummer George Brown and singer James JT Taylor. They, along with Dupri, are the only artists of color featured in a 2018 group otherwise dominated by White rock and country music songwriters.

Dupri is only the second Hip Hop artist to receive the SHOF honor, after Jay-Z was inducted last year. It’s a tremendous honor that properly immortalizes JD as an American music king. 

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According to a biography from, Dupri first broke out in 1992, writing songs for Kris Kross, TLC and Immature. He went on to produce and co-write songs for many chart-topping artists, including Janet Jackson, Usher and Mariah Carey. Dupri also found success by signing rappers and singing groups like Da Brat, Xscape, Jagged Edge and Lil Bow Wow to his independent record label, So So Def Recordings. He also released several solo albums. One of them, Life in 1472, went platinum.”

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“As for Kool & the Gang, Allmusic traces the groups roots to a 1960s jazz ensemble that the Bell brothers created with friends in their hometown of Jersey City, New Jersey. The group eventually wrote what would become known as funk music, and achieved pop and R&B chart success throughout the 1970s and 1980s with tracks like Jungle Boogie, Celebration and Get Down On It.

Inductees will receive their honors at the SHOF ceremony on June 14 in New York City.

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