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'Growing Up Hip Hop' Star Jermaine Dupri Drops $18,000 On Back Taxes

By Ryan Naumann

Music producer Jermaine Dupri has dropped $18,000 to settle his back-tax debt.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, The Georgia Department of Revenue has released a lien filed against Dupri. The release means the producer paid the debt in full and they are no longer coming after him.

Back in August, Dupri was hit with the state tax lien accusing him of owing $17,714.33 on a 2017 bill.

The original debt was only $12,409 but swelled with interest ($1,320.32), penalties ($1,453.21) and collection costs ($2,481.80).

A separate lien was filed against him by the Fayette County Tax Department. They accuse him of owing property taxes. The total amount owed originally was $4,630 but grew with interest. The document says Dupri owes a total of $5,411.76.

Jermaine has been having quite the couple months. He recently surprised his long-time friend Usher for his 41st birthday.

The producer shared video of a group bringing out a cake for Usher. They are all being quiet as they bring it out to him. They then surprise him and sing “Happy Birthday” as he stands on the wall.

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Recently, it was revealed that Dupri reunited with Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris on a new song.

Lil Jon was the one to drop the bombshell on Twitter after responding to a fan. The fan asked if he would ever do another song. He responded, “WE DID IT ALREADY 😉 COMING ON @Usher NEW ALBUM 🔥 🔥 🔥🔥.”

Ludacris screenshot the tweet and reposted it captioned, “Sh-t Slappin Too 🔥🔥💨💨.” Dupri wrote, “Oh yeah!!! And don’t leave me out, I’m in on this too @liljon @ludacris.”

“Yeah!” was featured on Usher’s album Confessions released in 2004, which dropped 15 years ago.

Dupri stars on “Growing Up Hip Hop” with his daughter Shaniah Mauldin. They were the original cast in season one and have appeared in all three seasons.


The producer is the latest in a string of celebrities with tax issues. NBA legend Allen Iverson recently dropped $600,000 on tax debt.

The IRS released a federal tax lien filed against Iverson after he coughed up the money. The ex-NBA star had been accused of owing a total of $616,068.60 in back taxes. The breakdown was $44,418.88 (2010) and $571,649.72 (2011).

Actress Mo’Nique is facing liens over alleged unpaid taxes totaling $60,365.75 for the years 2015 and 2016. The =tax debt was $31,445.71 but grew with interest ($8,983.55), penalties ($13,597.35) and collection costs ($6,289.14).

The comedian has also been accused of owing the IRS for the years 2013 ($201,695.99) and 2014 ($188,208.99) for a total of $389,904.98.

Migos’ Offset was hit with a $210,000 tax bill over over 2017. The amount owed was only $146,845.83. The bill increased with interest ($15,645.42), penalties ($18,318.49) and collection costs ($29,369.17).

Young Thug is also facing a series of financial woes after being slapped with multiple liens. Earlier this year, the rapper was accused of owing $145,794.03 for 2015.

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