Jay Wayne Jenkins, known as Jeezy, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is the de facto leader of the southern hip hop group United Streets Dopeboyz of America and a former member of the Bad Boy Records’ rap group Boyz n da Hood. In total, he has released ten studio albums, as well as numerous successful singles.
About Jeezy in brief
Jay Wayne Jenkins, known as Jeezy, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. He is the de facto leader of the southern hip hop group United Streets Dopeboyz of America and a former member of the Bad Boy Records’ rap group Boyz n da Hood. In total, he has released ten studio albums, as well as numerous successful singles, including the top ten hit \”Soul Survivor\”, featuring Akon. He has also been featured on numerous hip hop and R&B hit singles, such as \”I’m So Paid\” by Rihanna and \”Love in This Club\” by Usher, the latter of which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, in 2008. In an interview with XXL magazine, he described his childhood as “empty’” and said he had lived in Hawkinsville, Georgia at a point in time he lived in 600 N Lumpkin. In 1994, he spent nine months in YCA, a boot camp in Fort Stewart, Georgia, for narcotics possession. In 1998, he launched the label imprint CTE World, then known as Corporate Thugz Entertainment. In 2001, under the name Lil J, he released his first independent album, Thuggin’ Under the Influence. In 2003, he independently released Come Shop wit Me, a two-CD set featuring new tracks along with some songs previously released on T. U. I. and Gucci Mane. In 2004, he signed to Def Jam Recordings and released his major label debut, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, on July 26, 2005.
The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 172,000 copies in its first week and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The second single off his debut album, ‘And Then What’, featured Mannie Fresh and reached #67 on the Hot 100. The third single, “My Hood,” reached #77 on the billboard Hot 100 and would become his highest-charting single of his career. In several interviews and on several records, Jeez has affirmed his resistance to commercialism in his music and has said that he has recorded over 60 songs for the album, A&R Shakir Stewart said that Jeeze had recorded over 50 songs. In May 2004, Jazze Pha’s manager, Henry ‘Noonie’ Lee, showed JeeZ’s demo to his friend ShakirStewart, then Vice President Artist and Repertoire at Def Jam. The debut album was released in June 2005 and peaked at #5 on theBillboard 200 album chart. In April 2006, he was signed to Bad Boy records and joined the group Boy Zn da Hood, whose self-titled album wasreleased in June 2006. In July 2007, he announced his departure from Bad Boy and signed to Interscope Records.