Nicole Natalie Marrow known as Coco Austin, Coco Marie Austin, Coco Marie, Coco-T, is an American actress, glamour model, web personality. She has been married to rapper-actor Ice-T since January 2002. Austin was born in Tarzana and raised in nearby Palos Verdes, she has Serbian ancestry through maternal grandparents born in Serbia. Austin has a younger sister Kristy Williams and three younger brothers; as a small child, her brother would mispronounce her name, saying "Cole Cole" or "Co-co" in place of "Nicole". Her family began addressing her as Coco; the family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico when she was 10. She grew up as a tomboy, playing football. Austin began dancing. At 18, Austin began specializing in swimsuit and body modeling, for calendars and videos, she won the 1998 Miss Ujena contest in Mexico. In 2001, Austin began working parties at the Playboy Mansion, she appeared in low-budget R-rated films, including Southwest Babes, Desert Rose, The Dirty Monks. Austin has made guest appearances on TV shows and specials including Hip-Hop Wives, the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav, RuPaul's Drag Race 5, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Dr. Oz Show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
She was featured in a layout in the March 2008 issue of Playboy magazine and had a role in the film Thira. Austin appeared on NBC's game show Celebrity Family Feud on June 24, 2008, she and her husband, rapper-actor Ice-T, competed against Melissa Rivers. Austin played the lead role of Bo Peep in the Las Vegas revue Peepshow from December 2012 to September 1, 2013, replacing Holly Madison in the role. Austin and Ice-T star in the reality television series Ice Loves Coco, which premiered on June 12, 2011, on E!. The show ran for three seasons, ended in February 2014. After the show's cancellation, tabloids reported that Austin and her husband were preparing to launch another reality series under Ryan Seacrest's production company. Austin and rapper-actor Tracy "Ice-T" Marrow were married in January 2002, they renewed their vows in Hollywood on June 4, 2011. As of 2006 they owned a penthouse apartment in New Jersey. In 2012 they were building a five-bedroom house in Edgewater, New Jersey, expected to be completed by the end of the year.
In November 2015, the couple announced. Official website Coco Austin on IMDb
The Game (rapper)
Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name The Game, is an American rapper, record producer and actor. He is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop scene and for being one of Dr. Dre's signees under Aftermath. Born in Compton, California, he released his first mixtape You Know What It Is Vol. 1 in 2002. He rose to fame in 2005 with the success of his major-label debut album The Documentary and found continued success with the 2006 follow-up Doctor's Advocate; the Recording Industry Association of America certified The Documentary Double Platinum in March 2005. A rising artist in the 2000s, The Game was considered to be a driving force in bringing back the West Coast hip hop scene into the mainstream and competing with many of his East Coast counterparts; the Game was placed into G-Unit by Jimmy Iovine. As a result of his disputes with 50 Cent, Game left Aftermath and signed with Geffen, another label under Universal's Interscope Geffen A&M unit, to terminate his contractual obligations with G-Unit in the summer of 2006.
The Game's second major label album Doctor's Advocate was released on November 14, 2006 and it became his second album to debut at number one on the U. S. Billboard 200 chart. Doctor's Advocate did not feature any production from Dr. Dre. Pitchfork Media placed The Documentary at number 35 on their list of Top 50 Albums of 2005; the Game was nominated with a total of two nominations, including Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the smash single "Hate It or Love It". The New York Times named Doctor's Advocate best hip-hop album of 2006, his next album LAX was released in 2008. With his eighth studio album The R. E. D. Album, The Game again debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In addition to music, The Game has starred in motion pictures and founded The Black Wall Street Records. In September 2011, The Game started working on his ninth studio album, Jesus Piece, released on December 11, 2012, his final album released by Interscope. After releasing a mixtape OKE, on October 12, 2013, Baby announced The Game had signed to Cash Money, distributed by Republic.
However, The Game refuted this claim. His latest album 1992 was released on October 14, 2016, spawned two official singles; the Game was born Jayceon Terrell Taylor on November 29, 1979, in Compton, in southern Los Angeles County to George Taylor, Jr. and Lynette Baker, who both were members of the Crips street gang. Through his father, Taylor is of partial Mexican American and Native American heritage in addition to the African American ancestry he inherited from both parents, he grew up in a Crip-controlled neighborhood known as Santana Blocc, although Taylor himself grew up to become a member of the Bloods through his brother. In an October 2006 interview with MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway, The Game described his family as "dysfunctional". Taylor endured many hardships in his adolescence. At the age of 7, he was placed in foster care. At 13, one of his older brothers, was shot at a gas station and died soon thereafter; when he was 15, Taylor was removed from the foster care system and moved in with his mother, he had a tumultuous relationship with her.
Taylor attended Compton High School. However, his older half-brother George Taylor III, known as Big Fase 100, attended Centennial High School and was the leader of the Cedar Block Piru Bloods street gang. In high school, Taylor was involved in sports including basketball and track, which his height enabled him to do so. In 1999, Taylor claims that he enrolled in Washington State University on a basketball scholarship and was expelled after a short time when caught with drugs in his possession. However, the university's athletic department stated that Taylor was never enrolled in their athletic program, nor the university. By the early 2000s, Taylor had become involved in "street life," selling drugs and participating in gang activities. While recovering in the hospital from gunshot wounds he incurred in late 2001, Game told his brother to go out and buy all of the classic hip-hop albums. Over the course of five months, he studied all of the various influential rap albums and developed a strategy to turn himself into a rapper.
With the help of his older brother Big Fase, they founded the label. It featured such artists as Glasses Malone, Nu Jerzey Devil, along with Game himself, his stage name was coined by his grandmother, a huge fan of the 1997 blockbuster, The Game. Game first gained prominence when he attended a hip-hop summit hosted by Russell Simmons and Louis Farrakhan. After he had recovered and Big Fase made a mixtape together, he released his first mixtape You Know What It Is Vol. 1 in 2002, landed a record deal with the independent label Get Low Recordz owned by JT the Bigga Figga. Game's mixtape reached the hands of Sean Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, on the verge of signing him to his label. Five months he was discovered by Dr. Dre who listened to the mixtape, produced by his brother. Dr. Dre contacted Game and signed him to his Aftermath Entertainment label in 2003. In late 2003, Interscope Records CEO Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre decided to have Game work with 50 Cent and G-Unit in order to help build a growing buzz around Game which would fuel interest in G-Unit.
Game made his first cameo appearance in the music video for 50 Cent's "In da Club", where he is seen dancing with a girl. Since he has made numerous cameo appearances in music videos by 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks
John Roger Stephens, known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, record producer, piano player, actor. Prior to the release of Legend's debut album, Get Lifted, he had collaborated with established artists and signed to Kanye West's GOOD Music. Legend has sung on Jay-Z's "Encore", Alicia Keys's "You Don't Know My Name", Dilated Peoples' "This Way", Slum Village's "Selfish", Fort Minor's "High Road", played piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything". Legend's single "All of Me" from his fourth studio album Love in the Future was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit. In 2007, Legend received the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Legend won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award in 2015 for co-writing the song "Glory" from the film Selma, he has won ten Grammy Awards. In 2017, Legend received a Tony Award for co-producing Jitney for the Broadway stage. In 2018, Legend portrayed Jesus Christ in the NBC adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.
He received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his acting role, won for his role as a producer of the show, making him one of 15 people and the first black man to have won an Emmy, Grammy and Tony. Legend is the second youngest to achieve the EGOT status. Legend was born on December 1978, in Springfield, Ohio, he is one of four children of Phyllis Elaine, a seamstress, Ronald Lamar Stephens, a factory worker at International Harvester. Legend was homeschooled by his mother. At the age of four, he performed with his church choir, he began playing the piano at age seven. At the age of 12, Legend attended Springfield North High School, from which he graduated salutatorian of his class four years later. According to Legend, he was offered admission to Harvard University and scholarships to Georgetown University and Morehouse College, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English with an emphasis on African-American literature. While in college, Legend served as president and musical director of a co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group called Counterparts.
His lead vocals on the group's recording of Joan Osborne's "One of Us" received critical acclaim, landing the song on the track list of the 1998 Best of Collegiate a Cappella compilation CD. Legend was a member of the prestigious senior societies Sphinx Senior Society and Onyx Senior Honor Society while an undergraduate at Penn. While in college, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill by a friend. Hill hired him to play piano on "Everything Is Everything", a song from her album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. During this period, he began to hold a number of shows around Philadelphia expanding his audience base to New York, Boston and Washington, D. C, he graduated from college in 1999, thereafter began producing and recording his own music. He released two albums independently. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Legend began working as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, he subsequently began sending his work to various record labels. In 2001, Devo Springsteen introduced Legend to up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West.
After signing to West's label, he chose his stage name from an idea, given to him by poet J. Ivy, due to what he perceived as an "old-school sound". J. Ivy stated, "it reminds me of that music from the old school. You sound like one of the legends; as a matter of fact, that's what I'm going to call you from now on! I'm going to call you John Legend." After J. Ivy continued to call him by the new moniker "John Legend", others caught on, including Kanye West. Despite Legend's reluctance to adopt a stage name, he announced his new artist name as John Legend. Legend released his debut album, Get Lifted, on GOOD Music in December 2004, it featured production by Kanye West, Dave Tozer, will.i.am, debuted at number 7 on the US Billboard 200, selling 116,000 copies in its first week. It went on to sell 540,300 copies in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA. An international success, Get Lifted reached number one on the Norwegian Albums Chart and peaked within the top ten in the Netherlands and Sweden, resulting in worldwide sales of 850,000 copies.
Critically acclaimed, it won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, earned Legend another two nominal awards for Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Altogether, the album produced four singles, including debut single "Used to Love U", which entered the top 30 of the New Zealand and UK Singles Chart, Grammy Award-winning "Ordinary People" which peaked at 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. John Legend co-wrote Janet Jackson's "I Want You", certified platinum and received a nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. A sought after collaborator, Legend was featured on several records the following years, he appeared on albums by Fort Minor, Sérgio Mendes, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, The Black Eyed Peas, Stephen Colbert, Rich Boy, MSTRKRFT, Fergie, among others. Legend tentatively worked with Michael Jackson on a future album for which he had written one song. In August 2006, Legend appeared in an episode of Sesame Street, he performed a duet with Hoots the Owl.
He performed during the pregame show of Super Bowl XL in Detroit and the halftime show at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game. In O
Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Richie's style of ballads with the Commodores and in his solo career launched him as one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s. Beginning in 1968, Richie was a member of the soul band the Commodores; the Commodores became established as a popular soul group. Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", "Still", the breakup ballad "Sail On". Richie launched a solo career in 1982 and his 1982 debut solo album, Lionel Richie, contained three hit singles: the Grammy winning U. S. number-one song "Truly", the top five hits "You Are" and "My Love". The album sold over 4 million copies, his 1983 follow-up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, propelling him into the first rank of international superstars. He co-wrote the 1985 charity single "We Are the World" with Michael Jackson, which sold over 20 million copies.
Over the course of his musical career, Richie has sold over 90 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He has won four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year in 1985 for "We Are the World" which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson, Album of the Year in 1984 for Can't Slow Down, Producer of the Year in 1984 and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Truly" in 1982. Richie has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards and won one. In 1982 he was nominated for Best Original Song for the film Endless Love. In 1986 he was nominated for and won the Golden Globe award for Best Original Song for "Say You, Say Me", featured in the film White Nights; the song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2016, Richie received the Songwriters Hall of the Johnny Mercer Award. Richie was born and raised in Tuskegee, the son of Lionel Brockman Richie Sr. and Alberta R. Foster He grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute, he graduated from East Campus, in Joliet, Illinois.
A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. Richie considered studying divinity to become a priest in the Episcopal Church, but decided he was not "priest material" and decided to continue his musical career, he is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honor fraternity for band members, an active life member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. As a student in Tuskegee, Richie formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960s. In 1968, he became a saxophonist with the Commodores, they signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records as a support act to The Jackson 5. The Commodores became established as a popular soul group, their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as "Machine Gun" and "Brick House." Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", "Still", the breakup ballad "Sail On".
By the late 1970s, Richie had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists. He composed "Lady" for Kenny Rogers, which hit No. 1 in 1980, produced Rogers' album Share Your Love the following year. Richie and Rogers maintained a strong friendship in years. Latin jazz composer and salsa romantica pioneer La Palabra enjoyed international success with his cover of "Lady,", played at Latin dance clubs. In 1981 Richie sang the theme song for the film Endless Love, a duet with Diana Ross. Issued as a single, the song topped the Canada, Australia, New Zealand and US pop music charts, became one of Motown's biggest hits, its success encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career in 1982. He was replaced as lead singer for the Commodores by Skyler Jett in 1983. Richie's 1982 debut solo album, Lionel Richie, contained three hit singles: the U. S. number-one song "Truly", which continued the style of his ballads with the Commodores and launched his career as one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s, the top five hits "You Are" and "My Love".
The album sold over 4 million copies. His 1983 follow-up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won two Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, propelling him into the first rank of international superstars; the album contained the number-one hit "All Night Long" a Caribbean-flavored dance number, promoted by a colorful music video produced by former Monkee Michael Nesmith. In 1984, Richie performed "All Night Long" at the closing ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Several more Top 10 hits followed, the most successful of, the ballad "Hello", a sentimental love song that showed how far Richie had moved from his R&B roots. Richie had three more top ten hits in 1984, "Stuck on You", "Running with the Night" and "Penny Lover", as well as writing & producing "Missing You" for former labelmate and duet partner Diana Ross. In 1985, Richie performed "Say You, Say Me" for the film White Nights; the song won an Oscar for his efforts and reached No. 1 on the U. S. charts, staying there for four weeks, making it the number-two song of 1986 according to Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 chart, behind the charity single "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne and Friends.
He collaborated with Michael Jackson on the charity single "We Are the World" by USA
Christopher Knight (actor)
Christopher Anton Knight is an American actor and businessman. He is known for playing Peter Brady on the 1970s series The Brady Bunch, he has since gone on to become a successful businessman and enjoyed a semi-resurgence in the public eye with television appearances in the 2000s. His father, Edward Knight, was an actor. After the end of his Brady Bunch appearances, Knight's acting career consisted of making guest appearances on other television shows, occasional film roles, he reunited with his former Brady costars in the holiday TV movie A Very Brady Christmas. Before the Brady Bunch series, he had had some small television roles, including an appearance on the first season of Mannix, in a 1967 episode called "Coffin for a Clown". In 1988, Knight, a self-described "geek", left acting to pursue a business career in the computer industry, he got a job as an account sales manager for Martec, Inc. and landed that company's first million-dollar sales deal within his first 18 months on the job, for which he was named Employee of the Year.
In 1989, he was named Vice President of Sales at New Image Industry. In 1991, he co-founded a pioneering 3D graphics company. In 1995, he founded Kidwise Learningware, a company that manufactures interactive educational products. In 1996, he joined the keyboard manufacturer Adesso, in 1997, he became Vice President of Marketing at iXMicro, a video hardware company. In 1998, he founded Eskape Labs. On April 17, 1994, Knight lost his professional wrestling debut in a "Dark Match" at the Spring Stampede in Chicago at the Rosemont Horizon, his adversary was another child star from the Partridge Family's Danny Bonaduce. Knight appeared on a special episode of The Weakest Link that featured The Brady Bunch cast members squaring off against each other. Knight donated the proceeds to his selected charity, Zero Population Growth. Continuing to pursue TV opportunities, Knight appeared on VH1's fourth season of The Surreal Life; the show garnered Knight more attention than he had received in quite some time, in part because he appeared shirtless on the show, revealing a well-built body.
During his stint on the show, he began a romance with a castmate, model Adrianne Curry, winner of America's Next Top Model cycle 1, 25 years younger than Knight. After the show, the two moved in together and got engaged, as documented on the VH1 series My Fair Brady, which premiered on September 11, 2005; the series was renewed for another season, the couple wed in Curry's hometown of Joliet, Illinois, on May 29, 2006, in a Gothic-style wedding. Knight was featured in Click Five's music videos for "Just the Girl", in which he played a high school teacher, for "Catch Your Wave", as the hotel manager. Knight and former Brady Bunch co-star Barry Williams appeared in a 2006 episode of That'70s Show, in which he and Williams portrayed a gay couple who moved in next door; the two have remained close friends since their Brady Bunch days, Williams appeared several times on My Fair Brady. Florence Henderson, who played Carol Brady, Susan Olsen, who played Cindy Brady, Mike Lookinland, who played Bobby Brady appeared in an episode of My Fair Brady.
In one episode, Knight expressed how important it was for Curry to accept his close relationships with his former Brady Bunch co-stars. Knight participated in VH-1's retrospective miniseries, I Love The'70s: Volume II. He, his family, friends appeared on the season finale of NBC's Celebrity Family Feud on July 29, 2008. During the 2008–09 television season, Knight hosted the syndicated game show, Trivial Pursuit: America Plays, he has hosted a series of Jonathan Goodson-produced game show specials for the Michigan Lottery, Make Me Rich. The first special was scheduled for October 16, 2009, with a second scheduled for February 2010. Knight has been married four times. Knight proposed to his third wife and reality television personality Adrianne Curry, on the season finale of My Fair Brady, on VH1, which aired on November 6, 2005; the show was renewed for a second season that began in June, 2006, focused on the couple's wedding preparations. The couple wed in Curry's hometown of Joliet, Illinois on May 2006, in a gothic-style wedding.
In a September 2007 episode of the talk show Dr. Phil dealing with large age gaps in relationships Curry and Knight appeared to discuss their marital issues with Phil McGraw. McGraw predicted that their style of arguing Knight's hurtful comments, was a strong predictor of impending divorce in couples. Knight's manager, Phil Viardo, told a celebrity gossip website on May 29, 2011, that Knight and his wife, were announcing their separation; the date was the couple's fifth wedding anniversary. On February 2, 2012, on G4's Attack of the Show, Curry said, he married his fourth wife, Cara Kokenes, in November 2016. Christopher Knight Brands Official website Christopher Knight on IMDb Christopher Knight at the TCM Movie Database
Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. A prominent figure in popular culture, she is known for sonically innovative conscious and sexually provocative records, elaborate stage shows; the youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame. After signing a recording contract with A&M Records in 1982, she became a pop icon following the release of her third and fourth studio albums Control and Rhythm Nation 1814, her collaborations with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, disco and industrial beats, which led to crossover success in popular music. In 1991 Jackson signed the first of two record-breaking multimillion-dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest-paid artists in the industry, her fifth album Janet saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her music.
That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice. Jackson released her sixth studio album The Velvet Rope, distinguished for its innovative production and dark lyrical content. By the end of the 1990s, she was named by Billboard magazine as the second most successful recording artist of the decade after Mariah Carey, her seventh album All for You coincided with a celebration of her impact on the recording industry as the inaugural MTV Icon. After parting ways with Virgin Records, she released her tenth album Discipline, her first and only album with Island Records. In 2015, she partnered with BMG Rights Management to launch her own record label, Rhythm Nation, released her eleventh album Unbreakable the same year. Jackson is one of the world's best-selling music artists, selling over 180 million albums, she has amassed an extensive catalog, with singles such as "Nasty", "Rhythm Nation", "That's the Way Love Goes", "Together Again" and "All for You". In 2008, Billboard placed her number seven on its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, in 2010 ranked her fifth among the "Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years".
In December 2016, the magazine named her the second most successful dance club artist of all-time after Madonna. She has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers. Jackson was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. Janet Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, the youngest of ten children, to Katherine Esther and Joseph Walter Jackson; the Jacksons were lower-middle class and devout Jehovah's Witnesses, although Jackson would refrain from organized religion. At a young age, her brothers began performing as the Jackson 5 in the Chicago-Gary area. In March 1969, the group signed a record deal with Motown, soon had their first number-one hit; the family moved to the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles. Jackson had desired to become a horse racing jockey or entertainment lawyer, with plans to support herself through acting. Despite this, she was anticipated to pursue a career in entertainment, considered the idea after recording herself in the studio. At age seven, Jackson performed at the MGM Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
A biography revealed her father, Joseph Jackson, was withdrawn, told her to address him by his first name as a child. She began acting in the variety show The Jacksons in 1976. In 1977, she was selected to have a starring role as Penny Gordon Woods in the sitcom Good Times, she starred in A New Kind of Family and got a recurring role on Diff'rent Strokes, portraying Charlene Duprey from seasons three to six. Jackson played the role of Cleo Hewitt during the fourth season of Fame, but expressed indifference towards the series due to the emotional stress of her secret marriage to R&B singer, James DeBarge. Jackson elaborated on her time on the show in an interview with Anderson Cooper, revealing that the cast would play pranks on her, but she spoke fondly of them; when Jackson was sixteen, her father and manager Joseph Jackson, arranged a contract for her with A&M Records. Her debut album, Janet Jackson, was released in 1982, it was produced by Angela Winbush, René Moore, Bobby Watson of Rufus and Leon Sylvers III, overseen by her father Joseph.
It peaked at No. 63 on the Billboard 200, No. 6 on the publication's R&B albums chart, receiving little promotion. The album appeared on the Billboard Top Black Albums of 1983, while Jackson herself was the highest-ranking female vocalist on the Billboard Year-End Black Album Artists. Jackson's second album, Dream Street, was released two years later. Dream Street reached No. 147 on the Billboard 200, No. 19 on the R&B albums chart. The lead single. Both albums consisted of bubblegum pop music. After her second album, Jackson terminated business affairs with her family, commenting "I just wanted to get out of the house, get out from under my father, one of the most difficult things that I had to do." Attempting a third album, Jackson teamed with producers Jimmy Terry Lewis. They set out to achieve crossover pop appeal, while creating a strong foundation within the urban market. Within six weeks and the duo crafted her third studio album, released in February 1986; the album shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, was certified f
Jay Wayne Jenkins, better known by his stage name Jeezy, is an American rapper and an influential figure in southern hip hop. Along with fellow Atlanta-based rappers T. I. and Gucci Mane, Jeezy is credited for helping to pioneer and popularize trap music with a mainstream audience. Outside of his solo career, Jeezy is the de facto leader of the southern hip hop group United Streets Dopeboyz of America, a former member of the Bad Boy Records' rap group, Boyz n da Hood. Jeezy began his music career as Lil J, with the release of Thuggin' Under the Influence, he joined Boyz n da Hood in 2005, the same year his solo major label debut Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, was released. Its lead single "Soul Survivor", which features R&B singer Akon, became a top-ten hit in the US, his subsequent albums, The Inspiration and The Recession, both yielded chart-topping singles as well. Jeezy has been featured on numerous hip hop and R&B hit singles, such as "Say I" by Christina Milian, "I'm So Paid" by Akon, "Hard" by Rihanna and "Love in This Club" by Usher, the latter of which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, in 2008.
Jay Wayne Jenkins was born on September 1977 in Columbia, South Carolina. When he was a toddler, Jenkins relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where he lived with different family members, as a result of his parents separating. In an interview with XXL magazine, he described his childhood as "empty". At a point in time he lived in Ga at 600 N Lumpkin, he had lived in Macon, Ga at an older age where he befriended many Crip gang members and affiliated himself with the Crips and started his affiliation with Kinky B who helped his career along with many others. In 1994, Jeezy spent nine months in YCA, a boot camp in Fort Stewart, for narcotics possession. Four years in 1998, Jeezy launched the label imprint CTE World known as Corporate Thugz Entertainment. In 2001, under the name Lil J, Young Jeezy released his first independent album, Thuggin' Under the Influence; the album included features from artists Freddy J. Kinky B, Lil Jon, who produced some of the songs. In 2003, Jeezy independently released Come Shop wit Me, a two-CD set featuring new tracks along with some songs released on T.
U. I. In 2004, Jeezy signed with Bad Boy Records and joined the group Boyz n da Hood, whose self-titled album was released in June 2005 and peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 album chart. In May 2004, Jazze Pha's manager, Henry'Noonie' Lee, showed Jeezy's demo to his friend Shakir Stewart Vice President Artist and Repertoire at Def Jam. Stewart "fell in love with it the first time heard it" and took it to L. A. Reid. Reid gave Stewart the green light to sign him. However, due to Jeezy's rising popularity, other record labels began pursuing him to sign with them, most notably and Interscope. Jeezy decided he wanted to be in business with Stewart and Reid and signed with Def Jam Records as a result. Jeezy released his major label debut, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, on July 26, 2005; the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 172,000 copies in its first week and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. The debut single off his debut album, "And Then What" featured Mannie Fresh and reached #67 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The second single off the album, "Soul Survivor" featuring Akon, reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and would become Jeezy's highest-charting single of his career. The third single, "My Hood", reached #77 on the Billboard Hot 100. In an interview with HitQuarters, A&R Shakir Stewart said that Jeezy had recorded over 60 songs for the album. In interviews and on several records, Jeezy has affirmed his resistance to commercialism in his music. According to Jeezy, maintaining his street credibility, is of the utmost concern to him as an artist. In 2005, Jeezy was featured in several popular hip hop songs including Gucci Mane's "Icy" and Boyz n da Hood's "Dem Boyz". Although, he would leave the group after having established himself as a solo artist. In 2006, Jeezy was featured in Christina Milian's single "Say I"; that year, on December 12, he released his second major label album, The Inspiration. It topped the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 352,000 copies and would go on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA.
The album's first single "I Luv It" peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the second single, "Go Getta" featuring R. Kelly, peaked at #18. Jeezy extended himself into gaming, portraying himself in the 3D hip-hop fighting game Def Jam: Icon, released in March 2007. In 2007, Jeezy's group U. S. D. A released Cold Summer; the album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200. On December 17, 2007 Jeezy and CTE started their week-long toy drive and charity event series called the Toyz N Da Hood Drive; the series presented 1,000 toys for 1,000 kids at various locations in Atlanta. The CTE Christmas Kickoff portion of the event ran from 10 pm to 5 am at Club Miami; the toy giveaway took place in the Unionville neighborhood of Macon and at the Old Fourth Ward Community in Atlanta. On September 2, 2008 Jeezy released The Recession, his third studio album and, what would be, his second consecutive number one album, it topped the Billboard 200, selling 260,000 copies in its first week and was certified gold by the RIAA.
The album's lead single, "Put On", featured Kanye Westand reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Recession earned Jeezy a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap performance by a duo. Other singles