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1.17.2009

Jermaine Dupri Returning to Sony?

Now that Jermaine Dupri has cut ties with Island Def Jam, what’s next for the music mogul and his So So Def imprint?

Reports have already begun surfacing that J.D. is headed back to Sony Music, home to Bow Wow, Beyoncé, and John Legend.

So So Def started out in 1993 as a joint venture with Columbia Records. After J.D.’s distribution deal ended, he ventured to Arista Records in 2002. In 2004, So So Def shifted from Arista to Zomba Music Group because of the SonyBMG merger. In 2005, So So Def moved again, this time to Virgin Records. Dupri had a falling out with Virgin in 2006, which resulted in him leaving the label for Island Def Jam, where he most recently was let go from his post as President of Urban Music.

“I haven’t spoken to [Island Def Jam Chairman] L.A. [Reid] in three months. I don’t know if it’s amicable [considering] that they claim they put me out. I feel like it’s not amicable,” the rapper-producer-mogul told Essence.com about his departure from Island Def Jam.

No word on what will happen to YouTube sensation Dondria and TAG Records’ Q Da Kid, both of whom were signed to Island Def Jam.