Young Jeezy
American rapper
Young Jeezy
Jay Wayne Jenkins, better known by his stage name Young Jeezy, is an American rapper. He is a member of the hip hop group United Streets Dopeboyz of America (USDA) and a former member of BMF (Black Mafia Family). He began his career in 2001 under an independent label and 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 single "Soul Survivor", which featured Akon, became a top-ten hit in the US.
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Remy Ma And Fat Joe Just Gave New Yorkers The Reunion Set Of Their Dreams
Huffington Post - 4 months
Brooklyn’s Barclays Center was filled with star power on Thursday, but it was Remy Ma and Fat Joe who stole the show.  The annual Powerhouse show, which was hosted by NYC’s Power 105.1, featured some of the biggest hip-hop and R&B hitmakers and up-and-comers. The Bronx natives took to the stage midway through the show ― following performances from Ayo Jay, Young M.A, Desiigner and Wiz Khalifa. Fat Joe performed songs like “What’s Luv” and “Lean Back” before a cleverly rehearsed moment where Joe called Remy to come on stage for her verse of the song. The crowd erupted in cheers as the MC graced the stage.  Flanked by her dancers clad in all black, Remy commanded attention. Her incredible stage presence vibrated through the arena, showing that her stint in prison had done nothing to diminish her skills or the dedication from fans. After she played “Whuteva” and “Conceited,” DJ Khaled appeared on stage to perform “For Free,” “All I Do Is Win” and “I Got The Keys.” Remy’s hu ...
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Project Lets Black People Write Their Own Obits Before Cops Kill Them
Huffington Post - 5 months
Imagine thinking that out of the 197 black people who’ve been killed by police this year, one of them could have been you. This thought process, unfortunately, is all too familiar for many black Americans. For Harlem-based writer Ja’han Jones, this was a recurring notion ever since his parents gave him the “necessary” and “traumatic” talk about the realities of black people being targeted by the police. After the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in July, Jones was reminded, yet again, that he could face a similar demise. This time, he took an unsettling next step: He wrote his own obituary. “Ja’han Elliot Jones, 24, was unarmed when shot and killed in conflict with local police officers,” his obituary reads. “His familiarity with the Black canon steered him into a potent state of unapologetic Blackness ― one in which the James Baldwins and Young Jeezy’s; the bell hookses and the Queen Bey’s; the Frantz Fanons and the Futures all occupied hollowed, cherished beauti ...
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US Marshals capture man wanted in killing at rapper's party
Yahoo News - 5 months
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Authorities have captured a man wanted in a fatal shooting during a party hosted by rapper Young Jeezy.
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Nightclub where man was killed gives up liquor license
Yahoo News - 6 months
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — State officials say the Virginia Beach nightclub where a man was fatally shot during an event hosted by rapper Young Jeezy has given up its liquor license.
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Meek Mill Makes Significant Move To Help Flint Residents
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The residents of Flint, Michigan are receiving a charitable gift from Nicki Minaj’s boyfriend Meek Mill. According to TMZ, the 28-year-old rapper bestowed an undisclosed lump sum of money to the Flint Child and Family Health Development Fund and donated 60,000 bottles of water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Since President Obama declared a state of emergency in the area on January 16, a slew of celebrities -- including Cher, who donated over 180,000 bottles of water -- have expressed their thoughts on the city’s lead-contaminated water supply. Why we worried about the Oscars? We need to be worried about what's going on in Flint and Chicago. Mlk didn't die for shows and trophies. — Young Jeezy (@Jeezy) January 19, 2016 EVERYONE PLS REPOST THIS!!! MY FELLOW RECORDING ARTIST!!! This is a repost! I don't know if these facts are true but we need to #WAKEUP AND #WAKETHEFUCKUP INCLUDING MYSELF! Let's LOOK INTO THIS!!! I will share any information I ...
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Young Jeezy premieres 'Sweet Life' video on CNN
CNN - about 1 year
Young Jeezy premiered his upcoming video for the song "Sweet Life" on CNN and expressed his support for Black Likes Matter, slamming Donald Trump.
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2 hurt in shooting at club where Young Jeezy, T.I. were to appear
Chicago Tribune - almost 2 years
Two people were injured after being shot Saturday at a Charlotte nightclub where rappers T.I., Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti were advertised to appear, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman said.
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Justin Bieber Home Investigation: No Egging Evidence Found
The Hollywood Gossip - about 3 years
Justin Bieber was arrested for one crime last Thursday. But will he get away with another? On the heels of his DUI arrest, the singer finally received some good news over the weekend: According to TMZ insiders, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department sifted through various items it confiscated from Bieber's home... and did not find any evidence linking Justin to the alleged egging of his neighbor's home from earlier this month. Days after the incident supposedly took place, authorities executed a search warrant, sending multiple police cruisers to Bieber's Calabasas mansion in order to collect the artist's cell phone and some surveillance video. They hoped to find text messages Bieber sent bragging about the egg hurling and/or footage from Justin's own security cameras that would have depicted this criminal act. But they have come away empty-handed. Bieber's neighbor claims the superstar tossed at least 20 eggs against his home a few weeks ago, causing ...
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Poor Thang: Young Jeezy Says Cops Treated Him Like A Criminal Because He Is A Rapper
Bossip - about 3 years
No Jeezy, they treated you like a criminal because you allegedly laid hands on your son. Young Jeezy Says Cops Treated Him Bad Because He Is A Rapper One-time ain’t got love for Jeezy. According to TMZ: Young Jeezy was hauled off to jail by cops who treated him like crap just because he’s a rapper … according to sources close to Jeezy. We broke the story … Jeezy was arrested when Alpharetta police responded to a panic alarm last night at his girlfriend’s house. But our sources dispute the official police report — that cops didn’t know who he was because he refused to identify himself. We’re told … Jeezy didn’t NEED to show ID because the officers recognized HIM instantly, saying “Oh, you’re Jeezy the rapper” … then started “antagonizing” him as soon as they realized who he was. According to our sources … Jeezy thinks cops treated him like a criminal from the get-go … refusing to let him make a phone call … and forcing him to stand outside while cops searched the home a ...
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Rapper Young Jeezy arrested ... again
CNN - about 3 years
Less than three weeks after Young Jeezy turned himslef in for allegedly beating up and threatening to kill his teenage son, the rapper has been arrested again.
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HBK Of Doughboyz Cashout Is Robbed, Beaten, Allegedly By Detroit Rappers (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
After allegedly beating and robbing rapper HBK unconscious Wednesday night at Detroit's Cobo Hall, two other Detroit rappers received death threats and promises of physical retaliation on social media. Delon Person, who goes by HBK and is a member of rap group Doughboyz Cashout, was signed by Young Jeezy's CTE label earlier this year. Person is shown in the video below being robbed of his chain and violently assaulted by a group of young men. The rapper was knocked unconscious. The video of the attack includes violence and strong language: According to Cobo Hall Communications Manager Mary Klida, the event happened on the concourse in front of Macomb Hall while guests were exiting the building after the Floyd Mayweather Victory Reception. "Security reported the incident immediately," Klida said in the statement sent to The Huffington Post. "DPD mobile units were on the scene as backup within minutes. No arrests were made, no one transported for medical attention." The ch ...
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'Ratchet' producer DJ Mustard signs to Roc Nation
LATimes - over 3 years
DJ Mustard has kept dance floors --  and strip clubs -- bouncing with tracks by Tyga, 2 Chainz, YG and Young Jeezy. Now, the L.A. based producer behind some of the biggest “ratchet” hits to dominate radio has signed a deal with Roc Nation.
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Comment on EXCLUSIVE: Young Jeezy Sued By Soul Legend Leroy Hutson by DI teh DEclINE f SaMPlIng CaUSe Teh DECliNe f pOLitICaL hip HOp? | Gossip Freak
All Hip Hop - over 3 years
[…] illegallee samplin' dudez music.  An' jus' a few weekz ago, Young Jeezy foun hizzef facin' a lawsuit from Leroy Hutson 4 teh unauthorize use f Hutson’z tune “Gettin’ It On” on dudez 2010 […]
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Waka Flocka Featured On Gucci Mane's Trap God Mixtape
MTV News - over 3 years
By Chelsey Wilkins When he’s not on Twitter offending his peers and destroying the English language, there’s no doubt that Gucci Mane is in the studio cooking up new material for his fans. Just last month, he dropped the third installment in his mixtape trilogy with World War 3 and already he has a new project geared up for his fans (that features his now enemy Waka Flocka). This week the Brick Squad rapper returned with the release of his new mixtape, Diary of A Trap God. The timing for the project comes as a surprise to few. The release of Diary of A Trap God comes right after Gucci’s very public Twitter rant where he went on to bash everyone from Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Tyga, Waka Flocka Flame, and Young Jeezy, to top industry honchos. After he spewed his less than articulate feelings about a few of his ex-friends in the industry, Gucci released “Stealin,"  a diss track off of his latest project. Download Mixtape | Free Mixtapes Powered by Publicity stunt or n ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Young Jeezy
  • 2015
    On August 31, 2015, Jeezy announced that he will release a new album entitled Church in These Streets.
    More Details Hide Details Five singles were released from the album. It was released on November 13, 2015. It debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200. After 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.
  • 2014
    On August 24 2014, Jeezy was arrested before performing at the Irvine, California stop on the Under The Influence Tour.
    More Details Hide Details 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 AK-47 military-style 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.
    On July 1, 2014, he released the second single, the title track "Seen It All" featuring Jay-Z.
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    On May 30, 2014, Jeezy released the first single "Me Ok" from his upcoming fifth studio album Seen It All: The Autobiography.
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    On January 4, 2014, Jeezy was arrested for battery, false imprisonment, and terrorist threats, after an alleged fight with his son in September 2012.
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  • 2013
    On August 27, 2013 Leroy Hutson aka Lee Hutson, Sr., former lead singer of 1970s R&B group 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.
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    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".
    More Details Hide Details 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 August 13, 2013, he released a compilation mixtape with CTE World artists, Doughboyz Cashout and YG titled Boss Yo Life Up Gang.
    More Details Hide Details He was featured on both singles "My Nigga" by YG and "Mob Life" by Doughboyz Cashout.
  • 2012
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The mixtape features 2 Chainz, Trey Songz, Lil Boosie, Birdman, YG and E-40. Production came from Jahlil Beats, The Renegades, DJ Mustard, Warren G, Mike WiLL Made It, Cardo and Black Metaphor.
    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.
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    In October 2012, Jeezy released a new single called "Get Right" on iTunes and sent it to radio.
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    In 2012, Young Jeezy's "I Do" received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance.
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  • 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 appearance from T.I. since being released from prison. On December 20, 2011, the 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.
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    On July 26, 2011, Jeezy announced a September 20, 2011 release date for Thug Motivation 103.
    More Details Hide Details However the album was pushed back yet again, this time to December 20, 2011.
    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.
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  • 2010
    On March 4, 2010, Jeezy released the track "Illin", featuring the group 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.
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    In March 2010, it was reported that Young Jeezy dropped "Young" from his stage name.
    More Details Hide Details 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 features Lil Wayne and had peaked at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 2009
    It was announced on November 2009 that Jeezy started working on Thug Motivation 103.
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    Jeezy and Jay-Z performed in a concert to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 18, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
  • 2008
    In the summer of 2008, Young Jeezy was at the center of a controversy over his choice for president.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
    Young Jeezy's third album, The Recession, was released on September 2, 2008, and would earn him his second consecutive number one album.
    More Details Hide Details 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 President" featuring Nas, and "Who Dat" to complete The Recessions singles. 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 Ciara's single "Never Ever", from her album Fantasy Ride.
  • 2007
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at #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.
  • 2006
    Jeezy's second major label album was The Inspiration, released in on December 12, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    In 2006, he was featured in Christina Milian's single "Say I".
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  • 2005
    Young Jeezy's major label debut, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, was released on July 26, 2005.
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    On March 11, 2005, Jeezy was arrested after an alleged shooting involving some of his friends in Miami Beach, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details 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 his 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 him for DUI. 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.
    In 2005, Young Jeezy was featured in several popular hip hop songs including Gucci Mane's "Icy" and Boyz n da Hood's "Dem Boyz".
    More Details Hide Details Due to having a successful solo career, he left the group.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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" by Christina Milian, "I'm So Paid" by Akon, "Hard" by Rihanna and "Love in This Club" by Usher, the latter of which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, in 2008. Jay Wayne Jenkins was born in Columbia, South Carolina and relocated to 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 narcotics possession.
  • 2004
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Stewart "fell in love with it demo the first time he 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" featuring Mannie Fresh, reached #67 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 2003
    In 2003, Jeezy released (also independently) 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.
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  • 2001
    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.
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    Jeezy embarked on his music career in 2001, as Lil J, with the release of Thuggin' Under the Influence (T.U.I.).
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  • 1998
    In 1998, he launched the label imprint CTE World (then known as Corporate Thugz Entertainment).
    More Details Hide Details 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' rap group Boyz n da Hood.
  • 1977
    Born on September 28, 1977.
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