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.

Swizz Beatz wants Jermaine Dupri’s help to get these Atlanta-based groups in the next #Verzuz battle

Jermaine Dupri has some work to do according to Swizz Beatz.

The producer, who with Timbaland launched the viral sensation #Verzuz music battle, called on the Atlanta-based hitmaker to get some notable Peach State acts to join the next Instagram Live competition. 

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“JD keep that same energy. Jagged Edge versus 112 — can you make that happen?” Swizz said on Instagram Live following Atlanta’s own Ludacris battling Nelly on #Verzuz. 

“Can you make that happen JD? Because a lot of people say what they want to see, but can you pick up the phone and make that happen? I would love to see Jagged Edge versus 112. Get them on the phone, JD. Let’s go.”

“Come on, now. Don’t play no games,” Timbaland said.

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Jagged Edge signed to Columbia Records through Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def Records in the 1990s, and Dupri produced some of the group’s biggest hits including “Let’s Get Married” and “Where the Party At.”

Meanwhile, 112 signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy Records before joining the Def Soul roster in 2002. They count “Only You,” “Cupid” and “Peaches & Cream” among their hits.

Should the bands agree to the #Verzuz, which Swizz has referred to as a celebration rather than a battle, they’ll join the likes of other Atlanta acts including the aforementioned Ludacris, Babyface, Lil Jon and singer-songwriter/producers Johntá Austin, The-Dream and Sean Garrett.

One notable Atlanta singer who won’t be battling, however, is Monica. When V-103’s Frank Ski asked Brandy if she and the College Park native would follow Erykah Badu and Jill Scott’s #Verzuz, Brandy said Monica turned down the offer.

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