Juvenile Biography

Terius Gray, 26 March 1975, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. This highly talented New Orleans, Louisiana, USA-based rapper earned his name from a youth spent on the streets. He originally made his mark on the southern underground scene in the early 90s as part of the trio 3Grand, before signing a short-term solo recording contract with Warlock Records, who released 1995’s Being Myself. His big break came when he signed to the pioneering New Orleans underground label, Cash Money Records. Cash Money, like the city’s other leading label, Master P’s No Limit Records, was responsible for establishing southern rap as a viable alternative to the east coast/west coast domination of the late 90s hip-hop scene. Juvenile’s second recording, 1996’s Solja Rags, was one of the albums responsible for Cash Money’s success, selling over 200, 000 copies without any mainstream exposure and helping to alert major labels to southern hip-hop. The in-house production team’s seamless G-funk beats provided the perfect backdrop for Juvenile to demonstrate his peerless technical ability and mastery of various styles. The following year he teamed up with label mates B.G. , Lil Wayne and Young Turk as the Hot Boy$ on the highly popular Get It How U Live!!

In 1998, Juvenile released his third set, 400 Degreez, an album which eventually reaped the benefits of Cash Money’s lucrative distribution deal with Universal Records, climbing steadily to a peak position of US number 9 the following September. The album, which featured Mannie Fresh’s usual high production standards and guest appearances from the Hot Boy$ and the Big Tymer$, was also helped by the radio success of the tracks ‘Ghetto Children’ and ‘Ha’. Juvenile’s early albums were reissued in 1999, while 400 Degreez was joined in the US Top 10 by the second Hot Boy$ collection, Guerrilla Warfare. Juvenile’s new album, Tha G-Code, followed in December. Project English was a disappointing set and following its release Juvenile took time out to record the underground posse album, The Compilation, with this crew the UTP Playas. The same crew featured on Juvenile’s next Cash Money release, Juve The Great, on which the stand-out track was the number 1 hit collaboration with the late Soulja Slim, ‘Slow Motion’. The rapper subsequently signed a new recording contract with Atlantic Records. His first album for the label, Reality Check, went to the top of the US charts in March 2006.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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