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AboutJay Jenkins (born September 28, 1977 in Columbia, South Carolina, USA), currently known as Young Jeezy, is an American rapper. He was formerly known as "Lil' J" in his early rap

Early life:
Jay Jenkins was born in Columbia, South Carolina. As an infant Jenkins and his family relocated to Duncan Block, a neighborhood 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 has made innumerable references in his music to his previous occupation as a cocaine dealer, although he rarely provides details of his childhood in interviews. Also, according to his lyrics, which may or may not be factual, he has or had an uncle named Grady. This portion of his life, as is often the case with rappers, remains highly veiled and subject to much exaggeration in order to increase his street reputation. However, there is no doubt that Young Jeezy was involved at least to some degree in the illegal cocaine trade, and he is affiliated somehow with the slightly defunct Black Mafia Family.

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 50000 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 debut, 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. 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 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. It has already peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks, #11 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks and #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. Young Jeezy "I am the Street Dream" tour started in March of 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 May 2, 2007 at 7:30PM

Feuds with other rappers
Young Jeezy partially wrote and performed on Gucci Mane's hit single, "Icy". Supposedly, Jeezy was never paid properly for his services. Those in Gucci Mane's camp have suggested that gang members from the Mechanisville area attacked Gucci Mane to defend Young Jeezy's honor. Young Jeezy put out a track called "Stay Strapped" dissing Gucci Mane to the beat of T.I.'s song "A.S.A.P." Young Jeezy took a shot at Mane on the track, rapping "even his own momma know, Radric Davis a bitch". In a recent Cutmaster C mixtape, The Hood News Page 3: Jay-Z Boycotts Cristal, Mane disses Jeezy along with Jay Z in his track, "745". Jeezy also addresses Mane in the same mixtape, in the track "Break It Down", featuring Cmillz. Recently, Jeezy has become involved in a beef with his former BMF affiliate Bleu Da Vinci after Bleu dissed him on the song, 'Star in The Hood'.

In Jeezy's new video for the single, Go Getta, he can be seen wearing shoes with 'Gucci' on the bottom, visible when he rests his feet on the table. Apart from showing off his expensive clothing, it is a diss toward Gucci Mane as in the next scene, we see a close up of Jeezy walking, with the word 'Gucci' obviously being walked on. Jeezy further insults Mane in "Streets on Lock" when he asks, "What type of real nigga names himself after a bag? Nigga, you's a hoe, a Louis Vuitton fag." In "Bury Me A G", Jeezy also lists people and record labels who he claims owe him money.

In December of 2006, Young Jeezy appeared on Moni Luv's radio show. The two started arguing about how Hip Hop was dying and Young Jeezy dissed Nas.

In March 2010, Young Jeezy dropped "Young" from his stage name.

Background information:

Birth name Jay Jenkins
Also known as Snowman, Mr. 17.5, Lil' J
Born September 28, 1977 (1977-09-28) (age 29)
Origin Atlanta, Georgia USA
Genre(s) Southern hip hop, gangsta rap
Occupation(s) Rapper, songwriter
Years active 2000 - present
Label(s) Corporate Thugz, Def Jam
acts U.S.D.A., T.I., Akon, Young Buck, Dipset, CTE, Jay-Z, Sin & Rick Ross

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