Jeezy's 'Adversity for Sale' Book Reveals Difficult Rise to Fame & Fortune
Jay Jenkins, known by his stage name Jeezy (or Young Jeezy), is an American rapper who signed to Def Jam Records in 2004 and has never shied away from talking about his life in his music. But for this Grammy-nominated, BET Award-winning, platinum-selling hip-hop artist, this next project might be his most personal.
With the release of his new book, 'Adversity for Sale: Ya Gotta Believe" - Jeezy reveals his difficult path from the Atlanta streets to the top of the Billboard charts to help other up & comers succeed despite all odds.
Jeezy is an iconic rapper with raw lyrical talent and unwavering discipline. He is credited, along with fellow Georgia-based rappers T.I. and Gucci Mane, for helping to pioneer and popularize trap music for a mainstream audience.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, he emerged as a prominent figure in the hip hop scene, captivating audiences with his unique storytelling and street smarts.
His major label debut, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, was released the following year and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 172,000 copies in its first week and receiving platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
In 1998, he launched the label imprint CTE World (then known as Corporate Thugz Entertainment). Aside from his solo career, Jeezy is the de facto leader of the southern hip hop group United Streets Dopeboyz of America (U.S.D.A), and is a former member of the Bad Boy Records' rap group Boyz n da Hood.
@jeezyofficial began his music career in 2001 as Lil J with the release of Thuggin' Under the Influence (T.U.I.) but has since has released TEN studio albums which contained numerous successful singles, including the top five hit "Soul Survivor" (featuring Akon), as well as the top 40 hits "I Luv It", "Go Getta" (featuring R. Kelly), and "Put On" (featuring Kanye West).
In addition, Jeezy has also been featured on numerous hip hop and R&B hit singles, including "Say I" by Christina Milian, "I'm So Paid" by Akon, "Hard" by Rihanna and "Love in This Club" by Usher, with the latter reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 2008.
With chart-topping albums like "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101" and "The Recession," Jeezy remains an influential force in the music and hip hop industry. Beyond his music, his philanthropy and entrepreneurial ventures reflect a commitment to inspiring positive change in his community.
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