Rap mogul Jermaine Dupri will always be grateful for the success of R+B group TLC - because their record sales gave him enough money to buy his very first car.

The trio burst onto the music scene in 1991, and Dupri was just as elated as the bandmembers, when at the age of 18 he could afford to get his first set of wheels.

Dupri, currently dating Janet Jackson, says, "I got a used CHEROKEE LAREDO I bought with my TLC money.

"Kris Kross and I rode around dreaming about having other cars. I met my baby mama at a gas station in that car."

09/03/2004 14:42