Jermaine Dupri is an American record producer and songwriter born in 1972 in Ashville, North Carolina. He is the founder of So So Def Records. Dupri first gained fame for being a dancer for the hip hop group Whodini. Some of the notable acts he produced under So So Def include Bow Wow, Da Brat, Xscape, Jagged Edge, Anthony Hamilton, BoneCrusher, and Daz. Acts he produced songs for outside of So So Def include Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Nelly, and Usher. Dupri has won accolades such as a Grammy Award, a BET Hip Hop Award, a Soul Train Music Award, and a NAACP Image Award.