JAY WAYNE JENKINS (born September 28, 1977), better known by his
stage name JEEZY (formerly YOUNG JEEZY), is an American rapper. In
1998, he launched the label imprint
CTE World (then known as Corporate
Thugz Entertainment). Aside from his solo career, Jeezy is the de
facto leader of the southern hip hop group United Streets Dopeboyz of
America (USDA), and is a former member of the
Bad Boy Records
Bad Boy Records ' rap
Boyz n da Hood . Jeezy is also known for helping pioneer the hip
hop subgenre trap music , alongside fellow Atlanta-based rappers T.I.
Gucci Mane .
Jeezy embarked on his music career in 2001, as LIL J, with the
release of Thuggin\' Under the Influence (T.U.I.) . He later joined
Boyz n da Hood in 2005, the same year his solo major label debut
Let\'s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 , was released. Its lead single
"Soul Survivor ", which features R&B singer
Akon , became a top-ten
hit in the US. His subsequent albums,
The Inspiration (2006) and The
Recession (2008), both yielded chart-topping singles. Jeezy has also
been featured on numerous hip-hop and R&B hit singles, such as "Say I
Christina Milian , "I\'m So Paid " by Akon, "Hard " by Rihanna
Love in This Club " by Usher , the latter of which reached number
one on the US
Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100 , in 2008.
* 1 Biography
* 1.1 Early life and career beginnings (1977–2004)
* 1.2 Let\'s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 (2005)
The Inspiration and U.S.D.A. (2006–07)
The Recession (2008)
* 1.5 TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition and Its Tha World (2010–12)
* 1.6 Boss Yo Life Up Gang, Seen It All: The Autobiography and
Church in These Streets (2013–2015)
Trap or Die 3 and upcoming seventh studio album
* 2 Personal life
* 2.1 Legal issues
* 3 Discography
* 4 Filmography
* 5 Awards
* 6 References
* 7 External links
EARLY LIFE AND CAREER BEGINNINGS (1977–2004)
Jay Wayne Jenkins was born in
Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina and
Atlanta, Georgia when he was a toddler. Because his
parents were separated, custody of him transferred between family
members frequently. In an interview with XXL magazine, he described
his childhood as "empty". In 1994, he spent nine months in YCA (Youth
Challenge Academy), a boot camp in
Fort Stewart , Georgia , for
Jeezy released his first independent album, Thuggin\' Under the
Influence (T.U.I.) , in 2001 under the name Lil J. It featured
artists such as Freddy J., Kinky B, Fidank, and
Lil Jon , who also
produced some of the tracks. In 2003, Jeezy released (also
Come Shop wit Me , a two-CD set featuring completely
new tracks with some songs from T.U.I. Jeezy signed with Bad Boy
Records in 2004 and joined the group
Boyz n da Hood , whose
self-titled album was released in June 2005 and peaked at #5 on the
Billboard 200 albums charts.
LET\'S GET IT: THUG MOTIVATION 101 (2005)
In May 2004,
Jazze Pha 's manager Henry 'Noonie' Lee showed Young
Jeezy's demo to his friend
Shakir Stewart , Vice President Artist and
Repertoire (VP A&R) at Def Jam. Stewart "fell in love with it the
first time heard it" and took it to
L.A. Reid . Reid recognised the
talent and gave Stewart the green light to sign him. As the "hottest
thing on the street" at the time, various labels - including Warner
and Interscope – were after his signature. However, Young Jeezy
decided he wanted to be in business with Stewart and Reid. As a
result, signed with
Def Jam Records .
Young Jeezy's debut single off his debut album, "And Then What"
Mannie Fresh , reached #67 on the
Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100 . Young
Jeezy's major label debut, Let\'s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 , was
released on July 26, 2005. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200,
selling 172,000 copies in its first week and was later certified
Platinum by the RIAA. The second single off the album, "Soul Survivor
Akon reached #4 on the
Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100 and would end up
becoming Young Jeezy's highest-charting single of his career. The
third single, "My Hood", reached #77 on the Billboard Hot 100. In an
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Young Jeezy in 2006
In 2006, he was featured in
Christina Milian 's single "
Say I ".
Jeezy's second major label album was
The Inspiration , released in on
December 12, 2006. It had topped the
Billboard 200 with first-week
sales of 352,000 copies and would also be certified Platinum by the
RIAA. The album's first single "I Luv It " peaked at #14 on the
Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Go Getta" featuring R. Kelly
peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
He also portrayed himself in the hip-hop fighting themed game Def
Jam: Icon . In 2007, Young Jeezy's group U.S.D.A. (alongside Blood Raw
and Slick Pulla ) released their debut album, Cold Summer . The album
debuted at number 4 on the
Billboard 200 with 95,000 copies sold in
its first week.
Young Jeezy presented a week-long toy drive and charity event series
with his CTE family with the first annual Toyz n da Hood toy drive.
The series presented 1,000 toys for 1,000 kids at various locations in
Macon and Atlanta, which began on December 17, 2007, with the CTE
Christmas Kickoff from 10 pm to 5 am at Club Miami. The toy giveaway
took place in the Unionville neighborhood of Macon and at the Old
Fourth Ward Community in Atlanta.
THE RECESSION (2008)
Young Jeezy's third album, The Recession, was released on September
2, 2008, and would earn him his second consecutive number one album.
It topped the
Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 260,000 copies
and was certified Gold by the RIAA. "
Put On " featuring
Kanye West was
the lead single and had reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also
led to a
Grammy Nomination for Best Rap performance by a duo but came
short. "Put On" was followed by "Vacation", "Crazy World", "My
Nas , and "Who Dat" to complete The Recession's
Young Jeezy appeared on "
Love in This Club " by Usher and
"I\'m So Paid " by
Akon (also with
Lil Wayne ). "Love in This Club"
peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Later, he performed on
single "Never Ever ", from her album
Fantasy Ride .
In the summer of 2008,
Young Jeezy was at the center of a controversy
over his choice for president. While he had previously endorsed Barack
Obama, he spoke about meeting and supporting John McCain during an
interview with Vibe magazine. The statement caused a stir, and Jeezy
quickly clarified his choice, via a viral video. In the four-minute
explanation, Jeezy made it clear, Obama was his main choice. "I
represent the Democratic party. ... I've never been nor do I ever plan
to be a John McCain supporter", the rapper said. "I support Barack
Obama." Jeezy and
Jay-Z performed in a concert to celebrate the
inauguration of President
Barack Obama on January 18, 2009. On The
O\'Reilly Factor , commentator Bill O\'Reilly criticized their
performance as a "rant that offended people", but Jeezy responded: "I
got white friends. It's nothing like that. I'm a taxpayer, I got a
right to voice my opinion at any point in time. I don't think he
really understands my struggle."
TM:103 HUSTLERZ AMBITION AND ITS THA WORLD (2010–12)
It was announced on November 2009 that Jeezy started working on Thug
Motivation 103 . In March 2010, it was reported that Young Jeezy
dropped "Young" from his stage name. Later,
Young Jeezy denied the
name change and claimed it was just a rumor: however, on the cover
for his single "Lose My Mind ", his name is printed as "Jeezy". "Lose
My Mind" reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. On May 17, 2011, Jeezy
released the first single for Thug Motivation 103, "Ballin", which
Lil Wayne and had peaked at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On March 4, 2010, Jeezy released the track "Illin", featuring the
Clipse ; specifically, Pusha T. On the track Pusha T raps, "No
amount of record sales could derail this ...Stuffing dead prezzies in
the wall like that Yale bitch..." The line was controversial and many
felt the line was in bad taste and demeaned Yale student Annie Le, who
was murdered in 2009, by making light of a crime that had grabbed a
lot of media attention due to its extremely upsetting and tragic
nature. On July 22, 2011, Jeezy released a track called "Shake Life"
and was intended to be the second single off Thug Motivation 103, but
was later scrapped from the album. On July 26, 2011, Jeezy announced a
September 20, 2011 release date for Thug Motivation 103. However the
album was pushed back yet again, this time to December 20, 2011. On
September 29, 2011, Jeezy released the third single off Thug
Motivation 103, named "F.A.M.E." (which is an acronym that stands for
Fake Ass Motherfuckers Envy), featuring
T.I. It was is the first song
T.I. since being released from prison. On December 20,
Thug Motivation 103 was finally released, and had debuted at
#3 on the
Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 233,000 copies and
was certified Gold by the RIAA. "I Do" featuring André 3000 and Jay-Z
was the fourth single and reached #61 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Leave
You Alone" featuring Ne-Yo was released as the fifth single and
reached #51 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2012, Young Jeezy's "I Do"
Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance.
In October 2012, Jeezy released a new single called "Get Right" on
iTunes and sent it to radio. Shortly after the release of the single
it had been confirmed by Jeezy that he had plans of releasing a new
mixtape by the end of 2012 as well as a new album in 2013. Later on
further details were released that Jeezy's new mixtape was called
It\'s Tha World which was released on December 12, 2012 and is hosted
by DJ Drama. The mixtape features
2 Chainz ,
Trey Songz , Lil Boosie
, Birdman , YG and
E-40 . Production came from
Jahlil Beats , The
DJ Mustard ,
Warren G ,
Mike WiLL Made It ,
BOSS YO LIFE UP GANG, SEEN IT ALL: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND CHURCH IN
THESE STREETS (2013–2015)
Young Jeezy Performs "Go Getta" and "Soul Survivor" in 2014
On August 13, 2013, he released a compilation mixtape with CTE World
artists, Doughboyz Cashout and YG titled
Boss Yo Life Up Gang
Boss Yo Life Up Gang . He was
featured on both singles "
My Nigga " by YG and "Mob Life" by Doughboyz
Cashout. On September 17, 2013, Jeezy premiered the first single "In
My Head" produced by Childish Major, from his CTE collaboration
mixtape "Its Tha World 2". The following day he announced plans to
release his next album soon, saying it will detail deeper into his
street origins. He revealed that Future , Usher ,
Ludacris , and Don
Cannon would be involved in the album.
On May 30, 2014, Jeezy released the first single "Me Ok" from his
upcoming fifth studio album Seen It All: The Autobiography . On July
1, 2014, he released the second single, the title track "
Seen It All "
Jay-Z . On August 31, 2015, Jeezy announced that he will
release a new project entitled
Church in These Streets . Four singles
were released. The project was released on November 13, 2015. It
debuted at #4 on the
Billboard 200 .
TRAP OR DIE 3 AND UPCOMING SEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM (2016–PRESENT)
On October 28, 2016, Jeezy released his new album
Trap or Die 3 ,
which became available for pre-order on iTunes earlier that month. It
debued at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming Jeezy's third
album to top the chart. Following the release of Trap or Die 3, Jeezy
announced that a new album titled Snow Season which is slated to be
released by the end of 2016 but is still yet to be released.
Hurricane Katrina , Jeezy opened his house to the victims in an
effort to help them have a place to stay. In October 2005, the mother
of his 9-year-old son used this as the basis to petition for child
support. Early in the year, she had claimed that she had little
income, no assets, and did not even have a house.
Young Jeezy has a
sister named Katrina Wright.
On March 11, 2005, Jeezy was arrested after an alleged shooting
involving some of his friends in Miami Beach, Florida. He was charged
with two counts of carrying a concealed firearm without a permit;
however, prosecutors dropped his charges two months later over lack of
evidence. In the early hours of September 29, 2007, Jeezy destroyed
Lamborghini when it was hit by a taxi crossing Peachtree Street,
outside of Justin's,
Sean Combs 's restaurant in Atlanta. The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution reported his claim that this gave him "a new
appreciation for life". In
Atlanta on June 18, 2008, police arrested
On April 16, 2013, Brian Smith filed a copyright infringement
complaint seeking an injunction, damages, and attorney fees against
Jay W. Jenkins d/b/a
Young Jeezy Music and others in the United States
District Court for the Northern District of Georgia , concerning the
work "Jizzle" which was released in July 2010. On August 27, 2013
Leroy Hutson aka Lee Hutson, Sr., former lead singer of 1970s R&B
The Impressions , filed a complaint against
Young Jeezy and
others alleging that Young Jeezy's song "Time" inappropriately
incorporated the instrumental portion of "Getting it On", which was
registered with the
United States Copyright Office in 1973.
On January 4, 2014, Jeezy was arrested for battery, false
imprisonment, and terrorist threats, after an alleged fight with his
son in September 2012.
On August 24 2014, Jeezy was arrested before performing at the
Irvine, California stop on the Under The Influence Tour. This was in
connection with the deadly shooting in the backstage area, two days
prior on another stop of the tour in Mountain View, California. When
the police raided his tour bus, they found an
assault rifle, as well as guns on several members of his entourage. In
total six people, including Jeezy were arrested, because "no one
admitted to owning the assault rifle." His bail was set at one million
dollars. On August 26, Jeezy entered a not guilty plea to possession
of an illegal assault rifle and the other five men who were arrested
with Jeezy also entered not guilty pleas. Two days later, Jeezy and
his associates bonded out. As it would turn out, the
AK-47 is legally
registered to Jeezy's security chief, who was not even on the bus at
the time of the raid. At the time, his security chief was in the
hospital after getting shot at an MTV VMAs pre-party where Suge Knight
was also shot six times. It has been reported that the
AK-47 was not
found anywhere near Jeezy, and it was in a closed case in an area
associated with someone other than Jeezy. He was in an entirely
separate part of the bus during the raid and no weapons were found
around him. The officers were reportedly told repeatedly that the
registered owner of the
AK-47 was the tour security chief, who was
hospitalized at the time.
Young Jeezy discography
* Thuggin\' Under the Influence (T.U.I.) (2001)
Come Shop wit Me (2003)
* Let\'s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 (2005)
The Inspiration (2006)
The Recession (2008)
* TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition (2011)
* Seen It All: The Autobiography (2014)
Church in These Streets (2015)
Trap or Die 3 (2016)
* Snow Season (2017)
"I\'m So Hood (Remix)"
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
"Hard " (with
* Note: "
I'm So Hood (Remix)" with DJ Khaled, Ludacris, Busta
Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman, & Rick Ross
BET Hip Hop Awards
Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101
Hip-Hop CD of the Year
Hip-Hop MVP of the Year
"I\'m So Hood (Remix)"
Best Hip-Hop Video
Best Hip-Hop Collabo
Put On " (featuring Kanye West)
People's Champ Award
* Note: "
I'm So Hood (Remix)" with DJ Khaled, Ludacris, Busta
Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman, ">
Best Rap Album
Go Getta " (featuring R. Kelly)
Best Rap/R&B Collaboration
Grew Up a Screw Up " (with Ludacris)
Best Rap Artist
Love in This Club " (with Usher)
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