According to Billboard, music mogul Jermaine Dupri will officially be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, alongside other acts like John Mellencamp, Kool & the Gang, Alan Jackson, and Bill Anderson. This will make Dupri the second rapper in history to receive the honor, after friend and previous collaborator, Jay- Z. Jermaine shared the great news on social media Tuesday evening. “Look at god, look at god, look at god. Yo, i was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame! I don’t know what else to say, but aaaaahhhh!”
I can’t fucking believe this !! ?????????????? pic.twitter.com/BTzoqVQQKL
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) February 6, 2018
To say that this induction is well-deserved would be an understatement. Jermaine Dupri has made his mark in the Hip- Hop community, as well as the overall music industry. Aside from releasing his own studio albums and the launch of his own record label, the Atlanta-raised artist is responsible for the penmanship for big names such as Mariah Carey, Bow Wow, Alicia Keys, Usher, Monica and may more. What makes the news so much better is that Jermaine feels deserving of the award. He feels responsible for putting Atlanta on the map.
In a recent interview with the Breakfast Club, Dupri was asked about his place and influence in music and between he and Outkast, who had the bigger impact on the city’s culture. In response, he chose himself. Dupri stated,
“Depending on what type of hip-hop you talking about, we come from two different places in hip- hop. As far as culture, me, i brought people to Atlanta that had never seen Atlanta. I showed everybody in the world Magic City- I was the first person to start throwing money in the club. I had to pay for all the magazines to come to Atlanta… no one was paying attention to what’s going on. As far as culture goes and having parties, bringing Puff, bringing Envy and Clue to Atlanta, that was all me.”
The Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 49th Annual Induction and Awards dinner will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 14.