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Juvenile (rapper)

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Terius Gray born March 25, 19771, better known by his stage name Juvenile, is an American rapper and was a member of the former hip hop group The Hot Boys

His career began in 1995, when, at 17, he released his debut album Being Myself in 1995 He became popular when his 1999 single "Back That Thang Up" was released In 2003, he returned to Cash Money Records to record Juve the Great, spawning the number-one hit "Slow Motion" Following this album he again left Cash Money, and in 2006 he was signed to Atlantic Records He released Reality Check under that label2 His latest album, The Fundamentals, was released in February 2014


  • 1 Music career
    • 11 1991–97: Beginnings, Being Myself and Solja Rags
    • 12 1998–2002: 400 Degreez, Tha G-Code and Project English
    • 13 2003–04: Juve the Great and Reality Check
    • 14 2009–present: Cocky & Confident, Beast Mode and Rejuvenation
  • 2 Personal life
    • 21 Legal troubles
  • 3 Discography
    • 31 Studio albums
    • 32 Collaboration albums
  • 4 Filmography
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Music careeredit

1991–97: Beginnings, Being Myself and Solja Ragsedit

Juvenile first began recording his raps in the early 1990s One of his early recordings was featured on DJ Jimi's 1991 release, "It's Jimi" The song "Bounce For the Juvenile" was a minor local hit and helped popularize "bounce music," a new rap style emerging out of New Orleans

Juvenile's debut album, Being Myself, was released in 1995 after signing with Warlock Records The album did not gain much national attention and did not chart, but did fairly well on a local level

After the regional success of his debut Juvenile signed to the larger Cash Money Records In 1997 Solja Rags, Juvenile's debut album with Cash Money Records, was released It became popular among local rap audiences, and also saw some national success as it charted on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart2 It was the first time he worked with Cash Money in-house producer Mannie Fresh, who would go on to produce all of Juvenile's albums on Cash Money in their entirety except Juve the Great Also in 1997, Juvenile joined the Hot Boys with fellow Cash Money rappers BG, Turk, and Lil Wayne They released their debut album as a group, titled Get It How U Live!

1998–2002: 400 Degreez, Tha G-Code and Project Englishedit

Juvenile's next album, titled 400 Degreez, was released in 1998 It was his breakout to the national rap scene The Cash Money label now had joint distribution by Universal Records, which gave the music much more national promotion This along with much more critically praised music made Juvenile a mainstream star The album's first single "Ha" and later "Back That Azz Up" both became very successful songs charting on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart3 Powered by these two singles, 400 Degreez was eventually certified 4X platinum by the RIAA It is his best selling album to date However, there came a dispute over who owned the rights to the title of "Back That Azz Up", 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 case4

In 1998, capitalizing off Juvenile's popularity off 400 Degreez, a remixed version of Being Myself and reissue of Solja Rags were released2 The second Hot Boys group album, Guerrilla Warfare also came out and was successful, being certified Platinum Over the next few years Juvenile released two more solo albums for Cash Money: Tha G-Code in 1999 being certified Double Platinum, and Project English in 2001 being certified Platinum These albums each were very successful as they both reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 200, but they did not match the success of 400 Degreez UTP Records had promised an album titled 600 Degreez but it never materialized2

2003–04: Juve the Great and Reality Checkedit

Juvenile's manager Aubrey Francis and Cash Money's Baby met and worked out a deal for Juve and CMR to partner for another album Juvenile returned to Cash Money Records in 2003, releasing Juve the Great Juve The Great was certified Platinum; it featured the number-one hit "Slow Motion" featuring Soulja Slim It was the only number-one hit for Juvenile and Slim3 before Slim died in November 20035 The last Hot Boys album Let 'Em Burn came out in 2003

In 2005 Juvenile signed a new deal with Atlantic Records for himself, and also a separate label deal for his UTP Records imprint UTP Records is the label that was started by Juve along with his longtime manager Aubrey "Pied Piper" Francis, and older brother Corey The group called "UTP" Juve, Skip, and Wacko released the hit song "Nolia Clap" as part of UTP Records first album release It was produced by Juve along with producer XL Robertson Atlantic Records2 Juvenile also performed the song "Booty Language" It was part of the soundtrack for the movie Hustle And Flow Juve performed alongside fellow Atlantic artist at the movies premier party in West Hollywood, California6 Juvenile's Slidell, Louisiana home was damaged during Hurricane Katrina2 Juvenile and fellow New Orleans rapper Master P and other hip hop artists raised funds and supplies for some hurricane victims7 He moved to Atlanta briefly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 In Spring 2006 he returned home to New Orleans8

Reality Check, Juvenile's 2006 album, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, being his first number-one album9 It was certified Gold Production began in May 2005, most of it being done at a Holiday Inn hotel room in New Orleans10 Its first single was "Animal", followed by "Rodeo", "Get Ya Hustle On" produced by Donald XL Robertson, "What's Happenin'" Produced by Terrence "Sinista" Freeman, and "Way I Be Leanin'" featuring Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Skip, and Wacko3 A portion of the album was recorded with engineer, Stewart Cararas at his studio Paradigm Park Studios in New Orleans Within one month, the studio suffered the wrath of Hurricane Katrina Stewart now lives and operates in Los Angeles On signing to Atlantic, Juvenile criticized his former label Cash Money for not giving him enough creative freedoms as well as Federal Emergency Management Agency over his perceptions over their handling of Hurricane Katrina Shaheem Reid noted "Get Ya Hustle On" as a criticism of Ray Nagin's and the George W Bush administration's handling of the whole Hurricane Katrina Disaster11

2009–present: Cocky & Confident, Beast Mode and Rejuvenationedit

In a 2009 interview with Allhiphopcom writer Han O'Connor, Juvenile stated that his album Cocky & Confident would take a totally different direction from his last project, which was made when he was still "mourning Katrina" He also revealed that he decided to work only with fresh, young producers on the album and discussed his respect for younger artists like Soulja Boy12

Cocky & Confident was released in December 2009 It peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 It was Juvenile's lowest charting album since 1997 It featured one charting single, "Gotta Get It", which peaked at #53 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart Following this album's release Juvenile began work on his next album, Beast Mode This album was released in July 2010 Its first single is titled "Drop That Thang"

Juvenile released his tenth studio album Rejuvenation on June 19, 2012, which was distributed by Rap-A-Lot Records13 The first single from the album is "Power" featuring Rick Ross Juvenile collaborated with Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, and Drake for the album13 On October 28, 2014 Juvenile announced and confirmed that he re-signed to Cash Money1415

Personal lifeedit

Juvenile had a daughter, Jelani, with Joy Deleston On February 29, 2008, 4-year-old Jelani was shot and killed in her home, along with mother Deleston and older half sister It was reported that Deleston's oldest child, 17-year-old son Anthony Tyrone Terrell Jr, returned to the home after police arrived and implicated himself in the murder of his mother and siblings Terrell was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of aggravated assault He remains in the DeKalb County jail Though Juvenile received some criticism for not attending the funeral for his daughter and her mother, several statements were released that the rapper was "shocked and devastated" by the event16 The rapper stated that he made the decision not to appear at the funeral to prevent subsequent media attention, and was concerned that it would divert attention away from the ceremony1718 Terrell was given two consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to killing Joy Deleston, 39, and her daughters, Micaiah, 11, and Jelani Due to his age, he could not be sentenced to death in Georgia

Legal troublesedit

In the summer of 2002, Juvenile was arrested for assaulting his barber over charges that the barber was bootlegging his music19

In January 2003, Juvenile was arrested in New Orleans on drug charges20 The next month, he was sentenced to 75 hours of community service for a fight outside a nightclub in Miami, Florida in 200121

Juvenile was involved in a legal dispute over failure to pay child support for his daughter Jelani with Joy Deleston, a deputy sheriff in Gwinnett County, Georgia A paternity lawsuit was issued by Deleston in 2004, resulting in a DNA test and both parties agreeing that Juvenile was Jelani's father His attorney stated that the case was resolved peacefully by consent order in 200622

On February 25, 2010, Juvenile was arrested in Arabi, Louisiana While Juvenile was recording music at a house there, a neighbor called police to report smelling marijuana He was cited on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession and later released on bond23 He pleaded guilty in August 2010 and received a suspended three-month jail sentence and six months of probation and paid a $250 fine and court costs24


Main article: Juvenile discography

Studio albumsedit

  • 1995: Being Myself
  • 1997: Solja Rags
  • 1998: 400 Degreez
  • 1999: Tha G-Code
  • 2001: Project English
  • 2003: Juve the Great
  • 2006: Reality Check
  • 2009: Cocky & Confident
  • 2010: Beast Mode
  • 2012: Rejuvenation
  • 2014: The Fundamentals

Collaboration albumsedit

with Hot Boys
  • 1997: Get It How U Live!
  • 1999: Guerrilla Warfare
  • 2003: Let 'Em Burn
with UTP
  • 2002: The Compilation
  • 2004: The Beginning of the End
  • 2004: Nolia Clap
with JT the Bigga Figga
  • 2002: Gotta Get It


  • Baller Blockin' 2000
  • Juvenile: Uncovered 2001
  • UTP Live In St Louis 2002
  • Hood Angels 2003
  • Juvenile: Street Heat 2005
  • New Orleans Exposed 2005
  • Baller Blockin 2 2011
  • Treme 2011
  • The Power of Few 2013


  1. ^ "Juvenile" Encyclopedia Retrieved December 28, 2016 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Ankeny, Jason 2006 "Juvenile – Biography" AllMusic Retrieved 2008-02-06 
  3. ^ a b c "Juvenile – Billboard Singles" AllMusic 2006 Retrieved 2008-02-06 
  4. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Nickelback, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Beyonce, Further Seems Forever, Juvenile & he also has a 9th album coming out in stores on November according to his myspace page in November More Juvenile net worth $350 million" MTV News 2005-01-27 Retrieved 2008-02-14 
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason 2003 "Soulja Slim – Biography" AllMusic Retrieved 2008-02-06 
  6. ^ Scorca, Shari 2005-06-28 "Lil Jon, TI, Paul Wall Bring the Dirty South to the Sunset Strip" MTV News Retrieved 2008-02-14 
  7. ^ Moss, Corey 2005-09-07 "Juvenile, 3 Doors Down Among Those Affected By Disaster" MTV News Retrieved 2008-02-06 
  8. ^ Takahashi, Corey 2006-05-06 "Rapper Juvenile Returns to New Orleans" National Public Radio Retrieved 2008-02-06 
  9. ^ Harris, Chris 2006-03-15 "Juvenile's New 'Reality' Scores 'Billboard' #1" MTV News Retrieved 2008-02-06 
  10. ^ Crosley, Hillary 2005-05-17 "Juvenile Gets Busy at a Holiday Inn – Making an Album" MTV News Retrieved 2008-02-14 
  11. ^ "Juvenile Tears Into Cash Money, Lil Wayne — And FEMA" MTV News 2006-03-08 Retrieved 2008-02-14 
  12. ^ "Juvenile: Life After The Storm Interview by Han O'Connor" Allhiphopcom 2009-10-29 Retrieved 2010-05-17 
  13. ^ a b "Juvenile To Collaborate With Lil Wayne | Hip Hop Entertainment News & Comedy" Kingicecom 2012-05-10 Archived from the original on 2012-10-16 Retrieved 2012-10-14 
  14. ^ http://wwwmtvcom/news/1978093/birdman-signs-juvenile-back-to-cash-money/
  15. ^ http://rapradarcom/2014/10/28/juvenile-re-signs-to-cash-money/
  16. ^ "Rapper Juvenile's Daughter Murdered" TMZcom 2008-02-29 Retrieved 2008-08-16 
  17. ^ "Juvenile A No Show At Daughters' Funeral" TMZcom 2008-03-10 Retrieved 2008-08-16 
  18. ^ "Juvenile Skips Daughters' Funeral" Vibe magazine 2008-03-10 Archived from the original on 2008-07-05 Retrieved 2008-08-16 
  19. ^ "Rapper Juvenile Booked in Bootleg Dispute" WSB-TV 2002-09-17 Archived from the original on 2009-10-28 Retrieved 2008-02-06 
  20. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer 2003-01-30 "Juvenile Arrested for Cocaine, Marijuana Possession" MTV News Retrieved 2008-02-14 
  21. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Juvenile, System Of A Down, Diplomats, Common And Erykah Badu, Bob Dylan & More" MTV News 2003-02-24 Retrieved 2008-02-14 
  22. ^ "Rapper Juvenile's daughter among triple murder victims" The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2 March 2008 Retrieved 2 April 2015 
  23. ^ "Rapper Juvenile Arrested On Marijuana Charges" WDSU February 25, 2010 Archived from the original on March 8, 2012 Retrieved February 27, 2011 
  24. ^ "Rapper Juvenile posts bond after drug arrest" The Seattle Times Associated Press February 27, 2011 Retrieved February 27, 2011 

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