As one of the most talented artists to emerge from the Southern rap scene, Young Jeezy's brand of streetwise lyrics and undeniable swagger propelled him to the top of the music charts. After spending...
Rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested for the second time this month (Jan14) - for obstructing police officers. Reports suggest the hip-hop star, real name Jay Wayne Jenkins, was arrested in Alpharetta, Georgia as cops responded to an alarm call at his girlfriend's home.
Sources tell TMZ.com Jenkins was uncooperative with officers, refusing to identify himself.
The rapper has been booked at the Fulton County Jail.
The arrest is the latest legal woe for Jenkins - he was arrested earlier this month (Jan14) for battery, false imprisonment and making threats after a fight with his son, and is also facing a copyright infringement lawsuit from soul veteran Leroy Hutson over samples used in his song Time.
Rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, according to a U.S. report. The Put On hitmaker was detained on Friday (03Jan14) for battery, false imprisonment and making terroristic threats against his son, according to court documents.
Young Jeezy, real name Jay Jenkins, stands accused of throwing his son through a glass shower door, dragging him to the floor and punching him in the face during an altercation in September, 2012.
He is also accused of choking his son and threatening to "kill him."
On Friday, the rapper turned himself in to police authorities and was subsequently released on $45,000 (£30,000) bond.
His lawyer tells TMZ.com, "We have no doubt this matter will resolve itself appropriately. At this moment, Mr. Jenkins is thankful for the support of his fans and the respect for his family's privacy."
The arrest is the latest legal woe for Jenkins - he is also facing a copyright infringement lawsuit from soul veteran Leroy Hutson over samples used in his song Time.
As one of the most talented artists to emerge from the Southern rap scene, Young Jeezy's brand of streetwise lyrics and undeniable swagger propelled him to the top of the music charts. After spending his formative years in and out of trouble, Young Jeezy pursued his dream of becoming a rap star, making his mark in the underground rap scene before releasing his independent debut <i>Thuggin' Under the Influence (T.U.I.)</i> in 2001. Hip-hop's biggest names soon took notice of the skilled MC, including Bad Boy Records' Sean 'Diddy' Combs, who was one of the first to sign Young Jeezy to a major label. In 2005, Young Jeezy's mainstream debut <i>Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101</i> landed at the top of the <i>Billboard</i> charts and established him as one of the genre's most buzzed about new artists. Likewise, his hit collaborations with the likes of Jay-Z, Usher, and Ciara, as well as a duet with Kanye West, cemented Young Jeezy's career as an artist with commercial appeal and critical acclaim.<p>Jay Wayne Jenkins was born on Sept. 28, 1977 in Columbia, SC and raised in Macon, GA. After his parents separated, the future rap star ended up in the care of various family members, including his grandmother. Trouble soon found him, however, luring him into a life of drug dealing and crime. He even earned the nickname "The Snowman," which referred to cocaine, and often wore a snowman pendant around his neck. In 1994, Young Jeezy reportedly served several months at the Youth Challenge Academy in Georgia after he was caught for narcotics possession. Though he rarely spoke about his troubled past to the media, it undoubtedly played a major role in shaping Young Jeezy's music and career. He entered the rap arena using the stage name Lil' J and released his debut album <i>Thuggin' Under the Influence (T.U.I.)</i> under the independent label Corporate Thugz Entertainment. The album featured several guest rappers, most notably Atlanta-based artists Shawty Redd and Lil Jon, yet it was Young Jeezy's clever wordplay and lyrical flow that caught the attention of everyone from music fans to hip-hop heavyweights.<p>In 2004, Bad Boy Records -founded by Sean 'Diddy' Combs - signed Young Jeezy to its roster of artists and subsequently had him join the Southern rap collective, Boyz n da Hood. The group, which consisted of Young Jeezy, Big Gee, Jody Breeze, Duke, and Gorilla Zoe, released its self-titled debut in 2005, which topped both the rap and R&B charts, and reached No. 5 on the mainstream singles chart. Around the same time, influential producer L.A. Reid received a copy of one of Young Jeezy's demos and recognized his potential. Other labels such as Warner and Interscope were also interested in snatching him up, but the rapper ultimately signed with Reid's Def Jam Records. His mainstream debut <i>Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101</i> was released in 2005 and quickly shot to the top of the rap and hip-hop album charts, thanks to the hit singles "And Then What," "Soul Survivor," "Go Crazy" and "My Hood." Frequent collaborator Shawty Redd appeared on the album, as well as hit makers Akon, Jazze Pha, and hip-hop legend Jay-Z, who even turned up with guest vocals on "Go Crazy." A year after its release, <i>Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101</i> was certified platinum. Even with his newfound fame, Young Jeezy was unable to avoid landing in hot water. He was arrested in 2005 after an alleged shooting in Miami, and was later charged with carrying a concealed firearm without a permit. Two years later, Young Jeezy totaled his Lamborghini outside Combs' restaurant in Atlanta.<p>Following his runaway success as a solo artist, Young Jeezy decided to quit Boyz n da Hood. He further impressed listeners not only with his solo work, but also with his collaborations with other artists such as R&B singer Christina Milian - their 2006 duet "Say I" peaked at No. 21 on the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 100 - while his newly formed group U.S.D.A. (United Streets Dopeboyz of America) landed at No. 1 on the rap and R&B charts with its 2007 release <i>Cold Summer</i>. Young Jeezy nabbed his first Grammy Award nomination for "Put On," the lead single from his third album <i>The Recession</i> (2008). The hit song featured rap's bad boy Kanye West and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2009. Young Jeezy continued to dominate the charts by guest rapping on R&B hits - from Usher's ode to the dance floor "Love in This Club" (2008), to Ciara's sexy mid-tempo track "Never Ever" (2009). The rapper caused minor controversy during the 2008 presidential elections when he was reportedly misquoted saying that he supported Republican nominee John McCain after previously endorsing Democrat Barack Obama. Young Jeezy clarified his statement via an online video and even performed a concert with Jay-Z to celebrate Obama's inauguration in January 2009. In 2011, Young Jeezy released his highly anticipated fourth album <i>Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition</i>, featuring the Grammy-nominated single "Lose My Mind." <p><i>Candy Cuenco</i>