Juvenile (rapper)

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Terius Gray (born March 25, 1975 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States), known by his stage name Juvenile, is an American rapper. At the age of 19, he began recording raps, releasing his debut album Being Myself in 1995.[1] The album gave name to the southern rap style known as "bounce".[2] The album was followed by Solja Rags in 1997; its underground popularity led to the major-label release of 400 Degreez in 1998.[1] After releasing Tha G-Code in 1999 and Project English in 2001, Juvenile left Cash Money Records.

In 2003, he returned to Cash Money to record Juve the Great, spawning the number-one hit "Slow Motion". In 2006, he was signed to Atlantic Records, releasing his latest album Reality Check under that label.[1]

Music career

After beginning his rap performing career in his teenage years, Juvenile released his first album Being Myself in 1995, giving way to the southern "bounce" rap style, similar in nature to the sound that Master P and No Limit Records were performing at the time.[2] In 1997, Solja Rags, Juvenile's debut with Cash Money Records, became popular among underground rap audiences.[1] Thus, Juvenile's next album 400 Degreez was released in 1998 with joint distribution by Universal Records, spawning his first single "Ha" and later "Get Me My Brusket", both of which topped the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.[3] However, there came a dispute over who owned the rights to the title of the song, as another New Orleans performer DJ Jubilee claimed that Juvenile's song sounded very similar to a song of his. In January 2005, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans denied the case.[4]

In 1999, capitalizing off Juvenile's popularity off 400 Degreez, a remixed version of Being Myself and reissue of Solja Rags were released.[1] Two more albums under Cash Money were released, Tha G-Code in 1999 and Project English in 2001. Juvenile left Cash Money Records in 2002 to join a new label UTP Records.[1] In the summer of that year, he was arrested for assaulting his barber over charges that the barber was bootlegging his music.[5]

In January 2003, he was arrested in New Orleans on drug charges.[6] The next month, he was sentenced to 75 hours of community service for a fight outside a nightclub in Miami, Florida from 2001.[7] Juvenile returned to Cash Money in 2003 to release Juve the Great. It contained the number-one hit "Slow Motion" featuring Soulja Slim, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart on the week of August 7, 2004[8], being the first number-one hit for both Juvenile and Slim[3], who died in November 2003.[9]

In 2005, Juvenile and his UTP crew went on to create the hit song "Nolia Clap", and Juvenile was able to use this as leverage in getting a new deal for himself and UTP at Atlantic Records.[1] In June of that year, he performed his song "Booty Language" from the soundtrack to the film Hustle and Flow at a party in West Hollywood, California.[10] However, Juvenile's Slidell, Louisiana home was damaged but not destroyed in Hurricane Katrina near the end of the summer.[1] In the aftermath of the hurricane, he worked with fellow New Orleans rapper Master P and other hip hop artists to raise funds and supplies for the victims of the hurricane.[11] Thus, he moved to Atlanta to live until the spring of 2006, when he moved back to New Orleans.[12]

In 2006, Juvenile's album Reality Check debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, being his first number-one album.[13] Production began in May 2005, most of it being done at a Holiday Inn hotel room in New Orleans.[14] Its first single was "Animal", followed by "Rodeo", "Get Ya Hustle On", "What's Happenin'", and "Way I Be Leanin'" featuring Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Skip, and Wacko.[3] On signing to Atlantic, Juvenile criticized his former label Cash Money for not giving him enough creative freedoms as well as FEMA over his perceptions over their handling of Hurricane Katrina. Shaheem Reid noted "Get Ya Hustle On" as a criticism of the George W. Bush administration.[15]

Death of his daughter

Juvenile's 4-year-old daughter, Jelani, was found murdered on February 28, 2008 at her home in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Her mother, Joy Deleston, a 7 ½ year veteran of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s office, and her half-sister Micaiah, 11, were also found dead. All three died of gunshot wounds.

Jelani's 17-year-old half-brother, Anthony Tyrone Terrell, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in relation to the case. The motive is under investigation.[16]




Album information
Being Myself
  • Released: February 7, 1995
  • Label:
  • Singles:
Solja Rags
400 Degreez
Tha G-Code
Playaz of Da Game
Project English
Juve the Great
Reality Check

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