Young Jeezy Biography

(Rapper and One of the Pioneers Who Popularized Trap Music)

Birthday: September 28, 1977 (Libra)

Born In: Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Young Jeezy is an American rap artist best known for his solo album ‘Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101.’ A highly accomplished rapper today, he had been through several difficult challenges in his early life. Despite his sad and troubled childhood, which he once described as "empty", Jeezy was determined to put an end to his dark life, which often led him to jail. With his talent of shooting verses, and his ability to play with words, he made it to the limelight with the help of his rapping skills. However, his gangster past and history of drug abuse became obstacles in his career, as Atlanta radio stations were hesitant to play his songs. Nonetheless, he persevered and was soon able to find his niche. Jeezy was unconcerned about mainstream response to his music, considering the poor people on the streets to be his true audience. He consistently refused to become commercial or to cross over to other genres. With his strong determination, he made a position in the rap world in his own way, as his hit albums tell his success story—most of his singles and albums have found positions in the top charts. His successful works have made him one of his genre's most prominent rap artists. He has earned several platinum and gold certifications, several Grammy Award nominations, a line of Top Ten albums, and a number of Top Ten singles.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Jay Wayne Jenkins, Jeezy

Age: 46 Years, 46 Year Old Males


children: Jadarius Jenkins, Shyheim Jenkins

Born Country: United States

African American Men Rappers

U.S. State: South Carolina

Childhood & Early Life
Young Jeezy was born as Jay Wayne Jenkins on September 28, 1977, in Columbia, South Carolina. Soon after his birth, his parents, who were not married, separated. His mother took him to her home in Georgia, where she raised him with the help of her mother. He was often juggled between other family members as well.
As a young boy he was drawn to rap music as hip-hop songs were popular in the area he grew up.
He was raised in poverty, which led him to earn money through unlawful means like selling illegal cell phones and dealing in drugs. When he was a teenager, he moved to Atlanta where he continued to deal in drugs.
In 1994, he was sent to Youth Challenge Academy for nine months for possession of narcotics. During this time, he decided to let go of his dark past and rebuild his life.
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Young Jeezy was good with words, and had a sense of melody that led him into the music industry. With a friend, he started a music company called Corporate Thugz Entertainment in 1998. But soon he was bored sitting behind the desk, and wanted to step into the limelight as a performer.
He released his first independent album, ‘Thuggin' Under the Influence’ in 2001. In 2003, he released ‘Come Shop wit Me’, independently. It featured new tracks with some songs from the first album.
In 2004, he signed with Bad Boy Records, and joined the group Boyz n da Hood. Their self-titled album was released in June 2005, which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 charts.
In 2005, he signed with Def Jam Records, and released his debut single from his debut album, ‘And Then What’. It reached No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101’ is his debut studio album, which was released on July 26, 2005. It debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
His second single, ‘Soul Survivor’, from the album ‘Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101’ peaked at No. 4 on Billboard Hot 100 and became the highest-charting single of his career so far. The third single of the album, ‘My Hood’, peaked at No.77 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2005, he featured in several popular hip hop songs like Boyz n da Hood's ‘Dem Boyz,’ and Gucci Mane's ‘Icy’. He then quit the group and formed his own group U.S.D.A. (United Street Dopeboyz of America).
His second major label album ‘The Inspiration’ was released on December 12, 2006, and topped Billboard 200 chart. In 2007, his group U.S.D.A. released its debut album, ‘Cold Summer’, which debuted at No. 4 on Billboard 200.
His third album, ‘The Recession’, was released on September 2, 2008, and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart. The lead single ‘Put On’ peaked at No.12 on Billboard Hot 100. The other singles were ‘Vacation’, ‘Crazy World’, ‘My President’, and ‘Who Dat’.
Jeezy appeared on ‘Love in This Club’ by Usher and ‘I'm So Paid’ by Akon. The former peaked at No.1 on Billboard Hot 100. ‘Lose My Mind’ is the first single from his album, ‘Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition’. ‘Lose My Mind’ peaked at No. 35 on Billboard Hot 100.
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On May 17, 2011, the single ‘Ballin’ from ‘Thug Motivation 103’, was released, and peaked at No. 57 on Billboard Hot 100. On July 22, 2011, he released a track ‘Shake Life’, which was supposed to be featured in the album but was later dropped. On September 29, 2011, the single ‘F.A.M.E.’ was released. The fourth single ‘I Do’ peaked at No. 61 on Billboard Hot 100. ‘Leave You Alone’, the fifth single peaked No. 51 on Billboard Hot 100.
The ‘Thug Motivation 103’ album was released on December 20, 2011, and debuted at No. 3 on Billboard 200. In October 2012, he released a new single ‘Get Right’ on iTunes. His new mixtape ‘It's Tha World’ was released on December 12, 2012.
On August 13, 2013, he released a compilation mixtape with CTE World artists, and was featured on singles like ‘My Nigga’ and ‘Mob Life’. On September 17, 2013, his single ‘In My Head’ was released.
On May 30, 2014, he released the first single ‘Me Ok’ from his upcoming fifth studio album ‘Seen It All: The Autobiography’. The second single, ‘Seen It All’ was released on July 1, 2014. A new project, ‘Church in These Streets’, was released on November 13, 2015, which debuted at No. 4 on Billboard 200. Four other singles were also released soon after.
His new album ‘Trap or Die 3’ was released on October 28, 2016, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200.
Major Works
Young Jeezy’s album ‘Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101’ sold 172,000 copies in the first week and was eventually certified Platinum by RIAA.
‘The Inspiration’ sold 352,000 copies in the first week, and was certified Platinum by RIAA. The album's first single ‘I Luv It’ peaked at No. 14 on Billboard Hot 100, and the second single, ‘Go Getta’ peaked at No. 18 on Billboard Hot 100.
His group U.S.D.A.’s debut album, ‘Cold Summer’ sold 95,000 copies in the first week. His third album, ‘The Recession’ sold 260,000 copies in the first week, and was certified Gold by RIAA. It topped the Billboard 200 as well.
His album ‘Thug Motivation 103’ sold 233,000 copies in the first week, and was certified Gold by RIAA.
Awards & Achievements
Young Jeezy has earned Grammy nominations for the singles ‘Put On’, ‘Amazing’, and ‘Lose My Mind’. The single ‘I Do’ from ‘Thug Motivation 103’ also received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance.
He is the winner of two Ozone Awards (2007 and 2008), one BET Hip Hop Award (2008), and one BET Award (2010).
Personal Life & Legacy
Young Jeezy is known for his kindness—he opened his house to the victims of Hurricane Katrina as a temporary shelter to stay. He also arranged for 12 trucks full of food, water, and clothing which he sent to the survivors.
In March 2005, he was arrested for carrying firearm without permit. However, his case was dropped due to lack of evidence.
In 2006, he launched his own clothing line and wanted to name it USDA. When the U.S. Department of Agriculture objected, he named it ‘8732’—the numbers associated with the alphabets USDA on a mobile phone.
He has two sons—Jadarius Jenkins and Shyheim Jenkins. On January 4, 2014, he was arrested for alleged battery, false imprisonment, and terrorist threats to his son Jadarius. Young Jeezy was later released on a bond of $45,000.

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