Real Name: Jay Jenkins
D.O.B.: September 28th, 1977 Columbia, South Carolina
Label: Corporate Thugz Entertainment/ Def Jam Recordings
Jay Jenkins was born in Columbia, South Carolina. As an infant Jenkins and his family relocated to Duncan Block, a neighbourhood in Macon, Georgia (75 miles south of Atlanta). He eventually moved to West Atlanta’s 4th Ward between late 1999 and early 2000. Jeezy has described his childhood as “empty”.
He was arrested after an alleged shoot-out involving some of his friends in Miami Beach, Florida on Sunday, March 12, 2006. He was charged with two counts of carrying a concealed firearm without a permit, however, he was acquitted over lack of evidence. Though many people believed he is related to fellow rapper Yung Joc, he cleared the rumour up by telling the media that he is not related to the fellow Atlanta rapper, though they are friends. Both rappers are known for their slow, southern flow. After Hurricane Katrina, Young Jeezy opened his house to the victims in an effort to help them have a place to stay.
In the early hours of September 29, 2007, Young Jeezy totalled his Lamborghini when it was hit by a taxi crossing Peachtree Street, outside of Justin’s, Sean Comb’s restaurant in Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported his claim that this gave him “a new appreciation for life.”
Young 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 Kinky B, Fidank, and Lil Jon, who also produced some of the tracks. In 2003, Jeezy released (also independently) Come Shop Wit' Me, a two CD set featuring completely new tracks along with some songs from T.U.I. Come Shop Wit' Me sold 50,000 copies world wide. In 2004, he signed with Bad Boy Records and joined the Boyz n da Hood group. Boyz n da Hood’s self-titled album was released on June 21, 2005 and peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Young Jeezy also released a solo album around this time, which was his major label début, with Def Jam Records. Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 was released on July 26, 2005 and debuted at #2, selling 172,000 copies in its first week. Guest appearances include Young Buck, T.I., Trick Daddy, Akon, Mannie Fresh, Lil Scrappy, Bun B, Lloyd, Slick Pulla, & Lil Will. In interviews and on several records, Young Jeezy has affirmed his resistance to commercialism in his music. Maintaining his street credibility, according to Jeezy, is of the utmost concern to him as an artist. In 2005, Young Jeezy was featured in several popular hip hop songs including Gucci Mane’s “Icy” and Boyz n da Hood’s “Dem Niggaz”.
In 2006, he was featured in Christina Milian’s single “Say I”. Jeezy’s second major label album is The Inspiration, which features Project Pat, T.I., Keyshia Cole, Three 6 Mafia, R. Kelly, Bloodraw and Slick Pulla (the latter two of which are members of Jeezy’s rap group USDA). The album’s first single “I Luv It” has peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Jeezy’s second highest single to date. The second single is “Bury Me a G”. The 3rd single is the club banger “Go Getta” which features R. Kelly. Young Jeezy’s “I am the Street Dream” tour started in March 2007. He also appeared as himself in the hip-hop fighting themed game Def Jam: Icon that can be added to the player’s record label. Young Jeezy appeared on BET’s Access Granted for his song “Dreamin’ ” with Keyshia Cole on
- 2001 Thuggin' Under the Influence
- 2003 Come Shop Wit' Me
- 2005 Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 (Chart Positions: 2 RIAA: Platinum)
- 2006 The Inspiration Chart Positions: 1 RIAA: Platinum)
- 2007 Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer (Chart positions: 4)
- 2009 Brothers in Arms (w. Akon) (unreleased)