Young Jeezy – American rapper, songwriter
Young Jeezy’s real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins. He was born on 28 September 1977 in Columbia, South Carolina. After his parents’ divorce, the boy moved to Atlanta, where he lived with different relatives. In many interviews, the artist called his youth an empty period in his life.
In 1994, the singer was detained in the Youth Challenge Academy. He was arrested for drug possession. After leaving the Academy in 1998, Jay pulled himself together and decided to forget about crime and dive into the world of music. Three years later, he released a debut album, Thuggin' Under the Influence (T.U.I.), created by his own label CTE World. At that time, he performed under the pseudonym Li’l J. The album’s guests were Lil Jon, Kinky B, Freddy J., and Fidank. It featured popular songs "Swerve", "Right Here, Right Now", "Welcome", "Put da Whip on It", and "Dubbs and Brikks." The LP came in 5th on Billboard 200.
Two years later, the musician came up with one more independent album, Come Shop wit Me. It featured 26 songs, among them were "Can U Smell", "22's or Better", "We Can Play the Game", "Ain't A", and "Come Shop wit Me".