The Evolution of Jeezy

A toast to the CTE founder's 37th birthday.

Happy Birthday, Jeezy! - When Jeezy says he?s Seen It All, it?s kind of hard not to agree with him. Before he was a key member of Def Jam?s empire and topping the Billboard charts, he was building his own brand as an independent businessman on the rise. With a handful of indie releases, five major studio albums, a record label and ties to a tequila brand among many accolades, Jizzle has a lot to be thankful for on his 37th birthday, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. In honor of his born-day keep clicking to see how Jeezy has evolved over the years. ? Dominique Zonye? (@DominiqueZonyee)(Photo: Ouzounova/Splash News)

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Happy Birthday, Jeezy! - When Jeezy says he?s Seen It All, it?s kind of hard not to agree with him. Before he was a key member of Def Jam?s empire and topping the Billboard charts, he was building his own brand as an independent businessman on the rise. With a handful of indie releases, five major studio albums, a record label and ties to a tequila brand among many accolades, Jizzle has a lot to be thankful for on his 37th birthday, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. In honor of his born-day keep clicking to see how Jeezy has evolved over the years. ? Dominique Zonye? (@DominiqueZonyee)(Photo: Ouzounova/Splash News)

From the Bottom of the Map - Born in North Carolina on Sept. 28, 1977, Jay Wayne Jenkins better known by his stage name, Young Jeezy moved to Atlanta when he was still baby Jeezy. Due to a difficult upbringing, he fell into the street life and even did a stint in boot camp for narcotics possession. But he didn?t let his street smarts go to waste, he was determined to become a successful businessman.(Photo: Jason Nocito/Corbis)

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From the Bottom of the Map - Born in North Carolina on Sept. 28, 1977, Jay Wayne Jenkins better known by his stage name, Young Jeezy moved to Atlanta when he was still baby Jeezy. Due to a difficult upbringing, he fell into the street life and even did a stint in boot camp for narcotics possession. But he didn?t let his street smarts go to waste, he was determined to become a successful businessman.(Photo: Jason Nocito/Corbis)

The Streets to the Studio - He got his first taste of the rap game with the 2001 release of Thuggin Under the Influence (T.U.I.), under the name Lil J. T.U.I. featured appearances by Lil Jon, who also produced many of the tracks.(Photo: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

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The Streets to the Studio - He got his first taste of the rap game with the 2001 release of Thuggin Under the Influence (T.U.I.), under the name Lil J. T.U.I. featured appearances by Lil Jon, who also produced many of the tracks.(Photo: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

A Corporate Thug - By 2003, Jizzle was gaining fame on the ATL underground hip hop scene. He formed his Corporate Thugz Entertainment company and released his indie debut, Come Shop Wit? Me, a tone-setting double disc featuring appearances from Bone Crusher and Pastor Troy. The hood chronicle sold more than 50,000 copies.(Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

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A Corporate Thug - By 2003, Jizzle was gaining fame on the ATL underground hip hop scene. He formed his Corporate Thugz Entertainment company and released his indie debut, Come Shop Wit? Me, a tone-setting double disc featuring appearances from Bone Crusher and Pastor Troy. The hood chronicle sold more than 50,000 copies.(Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

A Bad Boy in the Hood - The success of Come Shop Wit? Me caught the attention of Diddy, who was in the process of forming an all male rap group. Jeezy signed with Bad Boy Records and joined Jody Breeze, Gorilla Zoe, Big Gee and Duke to make up Boyz n Da Hood.(Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

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A Bad Boy in the Hood - The success of Come Shop Wit? Me caught the attention of Diddy, who was in the process of forming an all male rap group. Jeezy signed with Bad Boy Records and joined Jody Breeze, Gorilla Zoe, Big Gee and Duke to make up Boyz n Da Hood.(Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 - Not shortly after releasing Boyz n Da Hood, the crew?s debut album, Jizzle released his first major label solo effort, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, in 2005 via Def Jam Recordings. Led by the singles ?And Then What? featuring Mannie Fresh and ?Soul Survivor? featuring Akon, it appeared to be just what the streets needed. It even reached commercial success, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 charts.(Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images for Universal Music)

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Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 - Not shortly after releasing Boyz n Da Hood, the crew?s debut album, Jizzle released his first major label solo effort, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, in 2005 via Def Jam Recordings. Led by the singles ?And Then What? featuring Mannie Fresh and ?Soul Survivor? featuring Akon, it appeared to be just what the streets needed. It even reached commercial success, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 charts.(Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images for Universal Music)

Young Jeezy vs. Gucci Mane (Round 1) - Jeezy and Gucci have been clashing for years. Jeezy was featured on Gucci's breakthrough hit "Icy," but later claimed he was never paid for his work on the song and a war of words on wax and in the press escalated to real-life violence. Five men who were allegedly part of Jeezy's camp stormed a house Gucci was visiting and one was later found dead. Gucci and Jeezy eventually squashed, unsquashed and resquashed the beef with help from DJ Drama and seemed to have settled into a wary truce until the latest uproar.  (Photos: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images; Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

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Young Jeezy vs. Gucci Mane (Round 1) - Jeezy and Gucci have been clashing for years. Jeezy was featured on Gucci's breakthrough hit "Icy," but later claimed he was never paid for his work on the song and a war of words on wax and in the press escalated to real-life violence. Five men who were allegedly part of Jeezy's camp stormed a house Gucci was visiting and one was later found dead. Gucci and Jeezy eventually squashed, unsquashed and resquashed the beef with help from DJ Drama and seemed to have settled into a wary truce until the latest uproar.  (Photos: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images; Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Jeezy - Can't ban the snowman — but plenty tried in 2005. As Jeezy and his snowman shirts were becoming popular nationwide, particularly among teens, many schools and districts began attempting to ban the attire. (Photo: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

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Jeezy - Can't ban the snowman — but plenty tried in 2005. As Jeezy and his snowman shirts were becoming popular nationwide, particularly among teens, many schools and districts began attempting to ban the attire. (Photo: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

A Helping Hand - After Hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast in 2005, Jeezy opened his 12-bedroom Atlanta home to displaced survivors. ?At the end of the day, it?s our people in need of help,? Jeezy told MTV in 2005. ?This is the same place I did a gang of shows, the same people who supported me over the years. You?re talking about a place we used to go to support the Super Bowl, and it?s like a Third World country now.(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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A Helping Hand - After Hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast in 2005, Jeezy opened his 12-bedroom Atlanta home to displaced survivors. ?At the end of the day, it?s our people in need of help,? Jeezy told MTV in 2005. ?This is the same place I did a gang of shows, the same people who supported me over the years. You?re talking about a place we used to go to support the Super Bowl, and it?s like a Third World country now.(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Cold Summer - On the heels of his solo success, Jizzle decided it was time to introduce the world to his United Streets Dopeboyz of America (U.S.D.A.) crew. Jeezy, Slick Pulla and Blood Raw dropped Cold Summer in 2007. Led by the single ?White Girl,? the album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 charts and established the CTE boss as an influential member of hip hop's rising elite.(Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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Cold Summer - On the heels of his solo success, Jizzle decided it was time to introduce the world to his United Streets Dopeboyz of America (U.S.D.A.) crew. Jeezy, Slick Pulla and Blood Raw dropped Cold Summer in 2007. Led by the single ?White Girl,? the album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 charts and established the CTE boss as an influential member of hip hop's rising elite.(Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Young Jeezy ? "Air Forces" - Young Jeezy named this hit after hip hop's favorite footgear and thusly rapped about that rubber-bottom life: "I went from old school Chevys to drop top Porsches/You couldn't walk a mile off in my Air Forces/And you ain't did what I did/When you from where I from, you gotta get it how you live." (Photo: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

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Young Jeezy ? "Air Forces" - Young Jeezy named this hit after hip hop's favorite footgear and thusly rapped about that rubber-bottom life: "I went from old school Chevys to drop top Porsches/You couldn't walk a mile off in my Air Forces/And you ain't did what I did/When you from where I from, you gotta get it how you live." (Photo: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

The Recession - Always speaking for the streets, Jeezy empathized with Americans who were affected by the economic depression in 2008, so much so it influenced Da Snowman?s fifth and second consecutive No. 1 album, The Recession. The album?s first single, "Put On" featuring Kanye West, produced by frequent Jeezy collaborator Drumma Boy, received a Grammy nod for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.(Photo: Scott Legato/FilmMagic)

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The Recession - Always speaking for the streets, Jeezy empathized with Americans who were affected by the economic depression in 2008, so much so it influenced Da Snowman?s fifth and second consecutive No. 1 album, The Recession. The album?s first single, "Put On" featuring Kanye West, produced by frequent Jeezy collaborator Drumma Boy, received a Grammy nod for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.(Photo: Scott Legato/FilmMagic)

My President Is Black - The 2008 recession also marked the first time a Black man ran and was elected as president of the United States. Jeezy was in full support of Barack Obama and displayed his allegiance with the release of the fourth single off The Inspiration, ?My President? featuring Nas. The song was particularly significant because it not only marked Jeezy?s mainstream appeal, it also became a hood anthem providing a voice for those who weren?t necessarily involved in politics.(Photo: The Island Def Jam Music Group)

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My President Is Black - The 2008 recession also marked the first time a Black man ran and was elected as president of the United States. Jeezy was in full support of Barack Obama and displayed his allegiance with the release of the fourth single off The Inspiration, ?My President? featuring Nas. The song was particularly significant because it not only marked Jeezy?s mainstream appeal, it also became a hood anthem providing a voice for those who weren?t necessarily involved in politics.(Photo: The Island Def Jam Music Group)

Young Jeezy vs. Bill O'Reilly - Bill-O struck again in 2009, when he lit into Jeezy for his celebratory performance of "My President Is Black" in Washingotn, D.C. when Barack Obama was inaugurated. He called it "hateful" and offensive. Jeezy responded by adding an additional verse to the song, going at O'Reilly.  (Photos from left to right: John Ricard / BET, Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Young Jeezy vs. Bill O'Reilly - Bill-O struck again in 2009, when he lit into Jeezy for his celebratory performance of "My President Is Black" in Washingotn, D.C. when Barack Obama was inaugurated. He called it "hateful" and offensive. Jeezy responded by adding an additional verse to the song, going at O'Reilly. (Photos from left to right: John Ricard / BET, Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Fallout With DJ Drama - DJ Drama and Jizzle go all the way back to before Jizzle?s Trap or Die days. So when Drama hosted Jeezy?s nemesis Gucci Mane?s mixtape The Movie, it didn?t sit well with the CTE boss. The tension brewed and Drama and Jeezy?s camps got into it at the 2009 Atlanta screening for the movie Notorious. ?Drama just started acting like a b---h. Drama wanted to be Khaled, but he didn?t want to help nobody,? Jeezy told XXL about what led to their feud.(Photos from left: Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Trey Songz and Angels With Heart Foundation, Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for BET)

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Fallout With DJ Drama - DJ Drama and Jizzle go all the way back to before Jizzle?s Trap or Die days. So when Drama hosted Jeezy?s nemesis Gucci Mane?s mixtape The Movie, it didn?t sit well with the CTE boss. The tension brewed and Drama and Jeezy?s camps got into it at the 2009 Atlanta screening for the movie Notorious. ?Drama just started acting like a b---h. Drama wanted to be Khaled, but he didn?t want to help nobody,? Jeezy told XXL about what led to their feud.(Photos from left: Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Trey Songz and Angels With Heart Foundation, Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for BET)

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Young Jeezy, TM103 - Waiting for Jeezy's fourth LP, TM 103, to drop is like watching paint dry. He has a new release date, December 20, and a dope new single, "F.A.M.E.," so hopefully we'll see the new album before the Snowman goes gray.UPDATE: Jeezy totally delivered, releasing his sixth album in December of 2011, which has since been certified Gold. The Atlanta rapper got all the help he could get on that one. Only four tracks were a solo effort, the rest carried features from a pretty impressive bunch.(Photo:  Chris McKay/Getty Images)

Battle of the Bosses - Jizzle and Rick Ross were once considered collaborators, but their relationship turned sour when Ross dropped his club hit ?B.M.F.,? shouting out the crew?s head honcho Big Meech. Jizzle, a friend, released his track ?Death B4 Dishonor,? firing shots that seemed to be directed towards Ross. ?How you blowin? money fast/You don?t know the crew/Oh, you part of the fam?/S--t, I never knew,? he rapped. Although Jeezy claimed he wrote the song before ?B.M.F.? was released, the rappers got into a shoving match and heated argument backstage at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards.(Photos from left: Chris McKay/Getty Images, John Ricard/BET)

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Battle of the Bosses - Jizzle and Rick Ross were once considered collaborators, but their relationship turned sour when Ross dropped his club hit ?B.M.F.,? shouting out the crew?s head honcho Big Meech. Jizzle, a friend, released his track ?Death B4 Dishonor,? firing shots that seemed to be directed towards Ross. ?How you blowin? money fast/You don?t know the crew/Oh, you part of the fam?/S--t, I never knew,? he rapped. Although Jeezy claimed he wrote the song before ?B.M.F.? was released, the rappers got into a shoving match and heated argument backstage at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards.(Photos from left: Chris McKay/Getty Images, John Ricard/BET)

Seen It All - Although Jeezy kept the streets flooded with mixtapes like his The Real Is Back and Its Tha World series, it would be three years before he released an album. The lapse allowed Jizzle to get introspective with his fifth studio LP, Seen It All: The Autobiography. Led by the self-assuring single ?Me OK? and the Jay Z-assisted single ?Seen It All,? the album dropped on Sept. 2 debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The critical acclaim further solidified Jeezy as one of the best rappers in the game.(Photo: Thaddaeus McAdams/Getty Images)

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Seen It All - Although Jeezy kept the streets flooded with mixtapes like his The Real Is Back and Its Tha World series, it would be three years before he released an album. The lapse allowed Jizzle to get introspective with his fifth studio LP, Seen It All: The Autobiography. Led by the self-assuring single ?Me OK? and the Jay Z-assisted single ?Seen It All,? the album dropped on Sept. 2 debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The critical acclaim further solidified Jeezy as one of the best rappers in the game.(Photo: Thaddaeus McAdams/Getty Images)