Jermaine Dupri Out

Jan. 9 2009, Published 5:03 a.m. ET

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Atlanta rapper and do-it-all Jermaine Dupri has departed as prez of Island Records Urban Music department.

Exact reasons for Dupri's early dismissal have not been disclosed.

But after just 2 years as division prez, Dupri is better known for his current "underperformers," like girlfriend Janet Jackson whose Discipline sold a disappointing 420,000 copies, than his previous successes (he was child rapper Bow Wow's guru).

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The surprising move also leaves Tag Records up in the air, an Island Def Jam and Procter & Gamble's Tag brand hip-hop label, which has produced only 1 single, On a Mission by Q Da Kid.

The song sold only 3,000 downloads.

Wonder if that had anything to do with his exit?


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