Story by Stereo Williams

Images by DeWayne Rogers

The Father, The Son and The Family Business

1993.

In 1993, Bill Clinton was sworn in as  the 42nd president of the United States, Jurassic Park was breaking records at the box office, and an urban music label founded in Atlanta would go on to shape the sound of the 1990s.

So So Def Recordings would be largely instrumental in turning the “ATL” into a hotbed of hip-hop and R&B talent over the next several years and at the center of its success and vision was Jermaine Dupri, a musical wunderkind who was producing chart-topping acts before he was old enough to vote. By his side was his father, music industry veteran Michael Mauldin, serving as his sounding board and steadying hand as the former COO of So So Def.

Together, these two men have watched a remarkable journey unfold over the past 20 years. And now, they have a chance to celebrate what they’ve accomplished together and what the label has been able to do over two decades.

“I was always impressed with Jermaine because he started out so young,” Mauldin shares. “I was already in the music business, so I was supportive of [his ambition] from day one. He’s been around music his whole life; so for me, it was always a push — not beating him up, but [being] somewhat of a guiding hand for him to go in the direction he did.”

 

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  • sweetapplepie

    What a wonderful faithful man!!! Business nott pleasure what a bless wife he has!!! Wish all men thought like this gentleman!!!

  • breeze

    Wow he looks good!!!

  • 123Lauren456

    That prince boy looks gay. I bet he is since they are B2K 2.0

    • kiara

      look 123Lauren456 princeton is not gay if its cuz his hair stfu and get over the fact that he got more hair den u and S.A.D and stop hatin my broz doe lik damn mb make u feel gud about urself im sick of ppl sayin stuff wen dey dont do nuttin but live the life we all want i dont know them the way i want to (not like dat) but i do know they are THE BEST that EVER happened to me so back the f**k up please

      • 123Lauren456

        Bitch, this has nothing to do with his hair. Its the way he talks and acts. I have more hair than him so why would i be “hatin” on him. I dont hate them. I just dont like them. I do hate you because you dont know how to spell at all and youre very very ghetto. You need to stop listening to MB and listen to some fucking HookedOnPhonics shit because that is sad. Youre talking about me hating when youre the one who hates english and grammar.

  • kiara

    look 123Lauren456 princeton is not gay if its cuz his stfu and get over the fact that he got more hair den u and S.A.D and stop hatin my broz doe lik damn mb make u feel gud about urself im sick of ppl sayin stuff wen dey dont do nuttin but live the life we all wont i dont know them the way i want to (not like dat) but i do know they are THE BEST that EVER happened to me so back the f**k up please