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 , and a former member of the Bad Boy Records' rap group, Boyz n da Hood.Jeezy began his music career in 2001, as Lil J, with the release of Thuggin' Under the Influence . He later 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.