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Background information
Birth nameJay Wayne Jenkins
Also known as
  • Young Jeezy
  • YJ
  • Lil J
  • Lil' J
  • The Snowman
  • Snowman
Born (1977-09-28) September 28, 1977 (age 43)
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
OriginMacon, Atlanta, GeorgiaU.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active2001–present
Associated acts

Jeezy (born September 28, 1977)[1] is an American rapper and part of the hip-hop group USDA. He used to be in the group Boyz N Da Hood. His real name is Jay Jenkins.

Jeezy began performing and recording in 2001. He joined Boyz N Da Hood in 2005. His first solo album on a major label, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, was released in 2005. A single, "Soul Survivor", with Akon, became a top-ten hit in America.

The Inspiration was the next album in 2006, and The Recession in 2008. These albums also had chart-topping singles. Jeezy has also performed on other rap and R&B singles such as "Say I" by Christina Milian, "I'm So Paid" by Akon, and "Love in This Club" by Usher. "Love In This Club" was a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2008.


  1. Kellman, Andy (2008). "Jeezy: Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-16.