Jeezy, the chart-topping, Grammy-nominated hip-hop veteran, has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA) for worldwide representation in all areas.
The 39-year-old rapper, born Jay Wayne Jenkins and also known at various junctures as Young Jeezy, Lil’ J, and Da Snowman, has sold more than five million records across a career that’s eight albums deep.
Like his lyrics, Jeezy’s chart success is in full flow. His 2016 album Trap or Die 3 was his third No. 1 on the Billboard 200. All of his LPs have reached the top 10, stretching back to 2005’s Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2005. He also led the albums survey with 2008’s The Recession and 2006’s The Inspiration.
Jeezy was an astute businessman long before his music career took off. “I ran a Fortune 500 company from my cell phone before I was an entertainer so I’m used to being a boss,” he told Billboard last year. “I had to learn that you don’t want to be the smartest person sitting at the table. You want smarter people around you. Even the president has a cabinet. It’s just easier. When people bring scenarios past you, you don’t have to overthink it. It’s like, yeah. Let’s do that. Trust your team.”
Jeezy, who is managed by Solomon Fornie, was honored last year by Forbes for his successes in rap, philanthropy and his business acumen, which has seen the Atlanta-based artist branch out into a slew of successful ventures, from clothing lines, liquor partnerships, real estate and record labels.
Jeezy’s signing is further evidence of UTA’s push into hip-hop. Earlier this year, Billboard reported that Pusha T, Desiignerand Tyga, all three of whom are signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, had joined the talent and literary agency for representation in all areas in the United States and select global territories. The company, which in 2015 acquired The Agency Group, the world’s largest independent music agency, also represents the likes ofDJ Khaledand G-Eazy.