Janet Jackson, Gabrielle Union, and and Jermaine Dupri at his "Young, Rich and Dangerous" Book Release at Marquee in New York.
Dupri writes about discovering the rap duo "Kris Kross"
"What struck me about the Chrises was the way their personality came through. . . It was like those kids were waiting to be discovered ever since they became friends in the first grade."
He persuaded Smith and Kelly to braid their hair and wear their clothes backwards, created the group's image and wrote, produced and recorded all the music on a secondhand four-track recorder.
"I saw something in them that I could bring out with some hard work and imagination."
Dupri's success with Kriss Kross resulted in collaborations with numerous artists such as Mariah Carey, TLC, Bow Wow, Elton John, Bobby Brown and Usher.
Additionally, Young, Rich and Dangerous details Dupri's progression to record label head with the creation of So So Def Productions.