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Jay Jenkins, a.k.a. Young Jeezy originally planned on having a career behind the scenes of hip-hop. The Atlanta-based MC started his career as the CEO of Corporate Thug Entertainment. He promoted Cash Money releases and distributed mixtapes. Young Jeezy promoted himself to a label boss and an artist when he started releasing albums and his own mixtapes.

Jeezy�s first independent album, Thuggin Under The Influence, was released in 2001 under the name Lil J. He released one more independent album in 2003, Come Shop Wit� Me, before signing with Bad Boy Records. He released his first album under Bad Boy with his group Boyz N Da Hood in 2005. Singles, �Dem Boyz,� and �Felonies,� helped the album peak at #50 on the Billboard 200. Also in 2005, Young Jeezy released a solo album under Def Jam Records, which was his major label debut as a solo artist. The album, Let�s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, debuted at #2. Singles include �My Hood,� and �Soul Survivor,� featuring Akon.

Throughout his career, Young Jeezy has worked with many great artists, including -- Gucci Mane on �Icy,� Ludacris on �Grew Up a Screw Up,� Christina Milian, Jay-Z, Bun B, Juelz Santana, and Lil Wayne to name a few.

The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102, was released by Young Jeezy in 2006. The album features T.I., Keyshia Cole, R. Kelley, Blood Raw, and Slick Pulla. Check out the video for the single �I Luv It.�

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Born: October 12, 1977, Columbia, South Carolina

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Jay Jenkins (born October 12, 1977 in Columbia, South Carolina), better known by his stage name Young Jeezy, formerly Lil J, is an American rapper and actor signed to Def Jam Records. In 2001 he released his solo debut album Thuggin' Under the Influence, under the name Lil J, which featured production from Lil Jon. In 2004 he signed with Bad Boy Records and joined the group Boyz N Da Hood, whose self-titled album was released in June 2005. In 2005 he released his major label debut, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation

The same album also features a song dedicated to his former partner Mad Lou, who is currently incarcerated.

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Jay Wayne Jenkins (born October 12, 1977), better known by his stage name Young Jeezy, is an American hip hop recording artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of Southern 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 lead single "Soul Survivor", which featured Akon, became a top-ten hit in the US. To date, he has received four Grammy nominations.

The Inspiration followed in 2006, and The Recession followed in 2008; both albums yielded chart-topping singles. Jeezy has also appeared on numerous other rap and R&B 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 being a number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 2008.

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