Jay Wayne Jenkins, popularly known as Jeezy, was born on September 28, 1977. He started a record label at 19 years old. This would be the beginning of a long life in the music industry as his name and fame grew. His 10 albums have peaked in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 charts, and Jenkins has even been nominated for Grammy awards. Today, he is one of the biggest names in rap and his skills continue to grow. On this rapper’s birthday, we celebrate how far he has come and all that he has accomplished!
Jay Wayne Jenkins, popularly known as Jenkins, was born on September 28, 1977, in Columbia, South Carolina, and did not have much growing up. His father left when he was a baby, and his mother struggled to make ends meet. Like many others on the cusp of poverty, he turned to crime to help support his family. It was in 1994 when he spent nine months in Youth Challenge Academy that he decided that this is not what he wanted for his life. Only four years later, in 1998, the star’s career would begin with starting the Corporate Thugz Entertainment music company. It was within this company that he would release his first album in 2001, which was called “Thuggin’ Under the Influence.” As his popularity grew, so did his ambition for his company and his career. He continued to create music, and in 2003, he released his second independent album called “Come Shop with Me.” This album would feature new songs as well as a few from his previous album.
It was in 2004 that he stepped away from independent albums and he signed with Bad Boy Records. He joined the group Boyz n da Hood, which then released an album in 2005 that reached number five on the Billboard 200 charts. In 2005, he started to focus again on his solo career, signing with Def Jam Records, and releasing numerous different songs and albums that would rock the charts for years to come. In 2006 he created his clothing label called 8732, showing just how talented and multi-focused this artist is.
In 2007 and 2008, he was the winner of two Ozone awards. He was also nominated for and won the BET Hip Hop Award in 2008! From here on out, the rapper released several different successful albums and singles, some of which are still incredibly popular today! He started dating Jeannie Mai in 2018, and in 2021, they were married. Their daughter was born in early 2022 — we could not be happier for the couple!
Jenkins forms the “Corporate Thugz Entertainment” music company with his friend Demetrius Ellerbee in 1998.
Jenkins releases his first album, “Thuggin' Under the Influence,” in 2001 under his record label.
After releasing two independent albums, Jenkins signs up with Bad Boy Records and joins the rap group Boyz n da Hood, with whom he would release one album.
In 2005, Jenkins restarts his solo career by signing with Def Jam Records.
The very prestigious “BET Hip Hop Award” was awarded to Jenkins in 2008, just showing how far his career had come!
Why We Love Jeezy
He spearheaded Toyz n da Hood
In 2007, Jenkins helped underprivileged communities through the program Toyz n da Hood, delivering 1,000 toys to 1,000 children across Macon and Atlanta. Despite using themes and lyrics not suited for children in his songs, he cares about the youth!
He has made many donations over the years
He has donated $5,000 to the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless and many other organizations. As a person who grew up poor, he is empathic about people’s struggles.
He opened his home during Katrina
With many people having lost their homes during Hurricane Katrina, Jenkins opened his home to those who needed a roof over their heads. He gives back to the community that helped him rise to the top!
5 Surprising Facts
He funded his music
At the start of his career, instead of looking for a label to help fund his music and start his career, Jenkins used his own money and savings!
He was inspired by Tupac
As another rapper born into poverty, Jenkins was greatly inspired by Tupac and all his achievements.
He has his life’s documentary
In 2011, Jenkins released “A Hustlaz Ambition”, which was a documentary about his life.
He had to have throat surgery
The rapper was diagnosed with polyps and had to have them surgically removed.
He has an unusual voice
Jenkins has an unusual and unique raspy voice, which is how he got the name Jeezy.
He used to work in construction
Before his rise to fame and popularity, Jenkins worked construction for his uncle to make ends meet.
Does Jenkins have children?
Yes, they are Jadarius Jenkins, Shyheim Jenkins, Amra Nor Jenkins, and Monaco Jenkins.
When did Jenkins get married?
Jenkins got married in 2021 to long-time girlfriend Jeannie Mai, and they have one daughter together.
Has Jenkins been arrested?
Jenkins has had numerous encounters with the law, some of which he was arrested for; he has however never gone to jail.
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