Jermaine Dupri celebrates his Songwriters Hall of Fame nod on his Instagram account; Photo: Instagram/Songwriters Hall of Fame

Longtime rap veteran Jermaine Dupri recently announced that he will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. “Man, look at god, look at god, look at god,” Dupri said in an Instagram post. “Yo, I was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. I don’t know what else to say but ahhhh!”

Dupri is responsible for a slew of hits including Mariah Carey‘s “Always Be My Baby,” Kriss Kross’ “Jump,” and Usher’s “My Boo.” He was an essential figure in bringing the Atlanta sound into the pop spectrum, and he’s worked alongside luminaries like Jay-Z, Janet Jackson and Migos. Dupri is also a savvy businessman who created an empire with So So Def Recordings, helping launch the careers of Bow Wow, Xscape, and Jagged Edge.

Dupri is the second hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame after Jay-Z, and will be honored alongside a legendary line-up of artists including members of Kool & The Gang, John Mellencamp, Bill Anderson, Steve Dorff, Alan Jackson and Allee Willis.

President and CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Linda Moran (along with legendary Philly International songwriters Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff) released a statement saying, “The 2018 roster of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees is a prodigious representation of creators of cross-genre hits, certain to resonate with everyone. Each year, the slate of songwriters we induct is more diverse and illustrative of the history and contributions that we strive to acknowledge and honor.”

Being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame is the pinnacle for many artists, and there are few who have put in the time and work like Jermaine Dupri has. A well-earned honor for a songwriting legend.