On Thursday (June 14), Jermaine Dupri accepted his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The music business veteran became only the second rap act to be voted in, following JAY-Z’s induction last year. Ahead of receiving the coveted initiation, Dupri said in an interview with TIDAL that his induction proves artists based in hip-hop are worthy of these prestigious honors. “Just to think [the Songwriters Hall Of Fame] hasn’t seen people like myself,” he began, “I get an opportunity to break the mold and make people really realize that rappers really write lyrics and understand and it’s not just whatever they thought it was prior.”
On hand to support the Atlanta rapper were longtime collaborators Mariah Carey and Usher, who posed for a photo with Dupri while he held his trophy. They shared words of appreciation for Dupri, who was instrumental in sonically shaping Usher’s best-selling Confessions album, and MC’s past projects, specifically the chart-topping Emancipation Of Mimi.