Jermaine Dupri fast facts Despite his deep ties to Atlanta, where he was raised, Dupri was born in Asheville, North Carolina. He earned his first $1 million at 19. That came after Dupri discovered the hip hop duo, Kriss Kross, at Atlanta's Greenbriar Mall in the 1990s. Before he was 25, Dupri founded his record label, So So Def Recordings, in 1993. He's written and produced songs for the likes of Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Monica and Da Brat.

Jermaine Dupri reveals the one thing no one ever tells him

Jermaine Dupri has accomplished a lot in the span of 25 plus years, but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down.

The So So Def Recordings founder established the Atlanta-based record label in 1993, well before he celebrated his 25th birthday. Since he’s behind the success of such acts as Usher, Kris Kross and helped Mariah Carey cement a comeback in the early aughts, it may seem as if he’s hit his peak.

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But according to American-Belarusian entrepreneur, Gary Vaynerchuk, the best has yet to come for Dupri.

“Even though many of the previous years have been your year!! 2020 is going to be your year!” Vaynerchuk wrote in a direct message sent to Dupri around the holidays.

Dupri shared a screenshot of the message with his Instagram followers Tuesday. He told Vaynerchuk, “no one has ever told me that.”

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“No ones said it cause you have accomplished so much,” the New York Times best-selling author replied to the music producer.

“One of the many questions I’m always asked, what else is there for you to do ? (My answer is) Answer the call of those that believe the best is yet to come ,” Dupri captioned the exchange.

Although Dupri has received such honors as being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and receiving the Masked Award at the United Negro College Fund’s annual gala, the producer is not slowing down his career. 

Recently, he produced the single “Don't Waste My Time” from longtime collaborator Usher and singer Ella Mai. It peaked at no. 6 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart.

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