Jeezy – Almighty Black Dollar ft. Rick Ross (Official Video)

Jeezy – Almighty Black Dollar ft. Rick Ross

Raised in poverty by a single mother, young Jay Jenkins learned to make money and earn respect in the few, mostly unlawful, arenas open to him on the streets of his Atlanta neighborhood. Starting out in such enterprises as selling illegal cell phones in alleys, Jenkins had a driving ambition to escape the dead-end life that seemed inevitable for some inner-city youth. He was drawn to rap music because hip-hop artists and their songs appeared to be the only cultural medium telling the truth about the lives of young people of color in the inner city.

Jenkins eventually entered the music industry as a producer, but he did not stay behind the scenes for long. In 2001 he released his first album under the rap name “Lil’ J,” and by 2003 he had become Young Jeezy, one of the most popular rappers; first in Atlanta, then throughout the South, and finally across the United States. Young Jeezy’s authentic experience on the streets endears him to his fans, but not to critics of rap and hip-hop culture, who condemn the references to drugs and guns in many of his lyrics. However, Jeezy sees himself as a teacher as well as an entertainer. As someone who knows the hopeless life of the streets, he hopes to motivate young men like himself with a message of hope and honesty. As he says on the Web site of his record label, Def Jam, “I don’t just do music for the clubs, I do music for the struggle. I do music for…the kids who ain’t got no sense of direction. I’m trying to restore some of the morals back into the game, as far as the street.”

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