Jermaine Dupri is making history as the second rap act ever to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Following last year’s inductee JAY-Z , J.D. joins the 2018 class, which also includes John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Allee Willis, Bill Anderson, and Steve Dorff.
“I can’t fucking believe it,” Dupri wrote under a celebratory video of himself screaming with joy. “This what all the long nights and early mornings is all about.”
I can’t fucking believe this !!
Dupri earned his distinction in the non-performing category for his work behind the scenes. He has famously co-written and/or produced a slew of hits throughout his career, including Mariah
Carey’s “We Belong Together” and “Always Be My Baby,” Usher’s “Burn,” Alicia Keys’ “Girlfriend,” and many more.
Aside from a solo rap career, Dupri has also been an influential businessman. His So So Def imprint has launched and/or elevated the careers of Bow Wow, Xscape, Jagged Edge, and Kris Kross.