Longevity is truly an essential component when discussing the make-up of a true Hip-Hop veteran. The highly esteemed MC and CEO of the label imprint, "Corporate Thugz Entertainment", "Young Jeezy" has cemented himself within the upper echelon of Hip-Hop's practitioners. The now 38 year old Hip-Hop artist born, "Jay Wayne Jenkins" has always exemplified one of Hip-Hop's golden rules of finding the beauty in one's own struggle and grind respectively. Although Jenkins was born in South Carolina he would relocate to Atlanta, Georgia as a young child and there would his chaotic childhood begin by the separation of his parents. After jumping from relative to relative due to his elders not being able to handle him, Jeezy would be forced to move out onto the streets by the young age of twelve. The streets would fuel Jeezy's desires and ambitions to live a luxurious and lavish lifestyle as a young black teen who drove Ferrari's and sported expensive jewelry. Truly embodying the spirit of a hustler as a young child for Jeezy meant a lot of patience and enduring an, "empty" childhood which made him resort to hustling on the streets to attain the lavish lifestyle he desired.
Through a conversation from his close friend and legendary southern MC, "T.I.", Jeezy would intelligently decide a year prior to releasing his debut studio album, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101" to leave his endeavors in the streets alone permanently to pursue his musical ambitions full time. After Jeezy released his first two solo projects, "Thuggin Under The Influence (2001)" and "Come Shop Wit Me (2003)", Jeezy would land a deal with Bad Boy Records to join the Hip-Hop group, "Boyz N Da Hood". The group would release their self-titled debut album in 2005 that would peak at #5 on the Billboards Top 200 Album charts via the album's successful single, "Dem Boyz". Due to internal conflicts, Jeezy would eventually leave the group and keep his loyalty to the streets by always serving them with his high-quality mixtape work. This included the project, "Streetz Iz Watchin" which would be released just prior to his signing with Def Jam. The southern producer, "Jazze Pha" would be responsible for Jeezy's platform to rise to Hip-Hop stardom for getting his demo into the Def Jam's VP of A&R.
On July 25th, 2005 Jeezy would release his first full length studio album under the Def Jam imprint with, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation" that bolstered the successful singles, "And Then What", "Soul Survivor", "Go Crazy" and "My Hood". The album would sell over 170,000 copies in its first week leading to platinum status and revered as one of the best Hip-Hop albums to be released that year.
Jeezy's sophomore effort, "Inspiration" would be another commercial success as the album would become Jeezy's second consecutive platinum selling album with first week sales topping over 350,000 units. Aided by the singles, "I Luv It" and "Go Getta" the album would top Billboards Top 200 Album Chart as the number one album in the first week of its release. From this point forward in Jeezy's career he would release 16 additional mixtapes and four more studio albums with projects, "The Recession" and "TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition" being his last two Top 10 Billboard charting albums. Jeezy also has signed one of Hip-Hops most successful West Coast acts in YG who has engineered two classic West Coast albums to date.
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