Lil Bow Wow, now known as simply Bow Wow, was born Shad Gregory Moss and was signed by Jermaine Dupri at the ripe age of 11. The current 106th and Park host and Young Money artist, was given his stage moniker by Snoop Dogg (now known as Snoop Lion) before debuting with Mr. Dupri with his album, ‘Beware of Dog’ in 2000.
Shawntae Harris, who is professionally known as Da Brat, was introduced to Jermaine Dupri through his young Hip-Hop group, Kris Kross after winning a contest. The half-sister of LisaRaye McCoy has the distinction of having a debut album, ‘Funkdafied’, that made her the first solo female rapper to go platinum.
Mac Daddy and Daddy Mac, born as Chris Kelly and Chris Smith, were the second group of rappers to have both members with the given name of Chris, following iconic act, Kid N’ Play (Chris ‘Play’ Martin and Chris ‘Kid’ Reid). Their debut album, ‘Totally Krossed Out’, produced their breakout double platinum single, ‘Jump’, which featured the rappers wearing their clothes backwards and became a staple on top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles list for 8 weeks. Sadly, Mac Daddy has passed of a suspected drug overdose.
Sisters, LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott, along with Kandi Burruss and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, formed the group, Xscape, Jermaine Dupri’s first all-female group. Their debut album, ‘Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha’, was certified platinum and it spawned two Billboard Top 10 hits. Currently, 3 of the group members are starring in reality shows. Kandi Burruss stars in the Housewives of Atlanta and The Kandi Factory, Tiny stars in T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle and Latosha Scott is joining the cast of R & B Divas this year.
The group, consisting of twins, Brandon and Brian Casey, and Kyle Norman and Richard Wingo, were brought to the attention by Xscape member, Kandi Burruss. The group has 2 platinum albums and various Soul Train, BET and American Music Awards and have also won a Grammy.