Juvenile is a famous American rapper and producer who has accumulated a net worth of half a million dollars. It is his work with Cash Money Records and his time spent with the hip-hop group the Hot Boys that have brought him the most fame, but he was also a member of the group in the past.
Juvenile Early Life
Terius Gray, who is better known by his stage name Juvenile, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 26, 1975. Juvenile is his stage name. It was in the Magnolia Projects of New Orleans, where he spent his childhood, that he developed an early interest in music.
In 1995, Juvenile made his debut with the album “Being Myself,” which was released after he got a contract with Warlock Records (1995). It went quite well in local circles, but it failed to get any traction on a national level; hence, it did not appear on any music charts.
The fact that he was successful on a regional level, however, allowed him to secure a bigger deal with Cash Money Records, so the endeavor was not a complete failure. His second studio album, titled “Solja Rags,” was his first release after being signed to Cash Money Records (1997).
This album not only became successful in the local music scenes, but it also managed to rank on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, which is a significant accomplishment. This album is particularly notable since it marks the first collaboration between Juvenile and Cash Money in-house producer Mannie Fresh.
Mannie Fresh would go on to produce the majority of Juvenile’s later songs, therefore it is fitting that their first project together would be this album. Juvenile’s career took off in earnest in 1997, which was a pivotal year for him because that was the year he joined the hip-hop group The Hot Boys. B.G., Turk, and Lil Wayne, all of whom were signed to Cash Money Records, made up the rest of the group. The band’s first studio album, titled “Get It How U Live!,” was made available to the public in October of 1997.
His career and the growth of the Cash Money label went hand in hand. Cash Money had been successful in its negotiations with Universal Records to obtain joint distribution.
Because of this, Juvenile’s subsequent album, “400 Degreez,” which was released in 1998, was given far more national exposure because of the collaboration with Universal. Both of Juvenile’s album singles, “Ha” and “Back That Azz Up,” hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs list, propelling him into the public eye and catapulting him to the forefront of fame and acclaim.
Eventually, “400 Degreez” became certified four times platinum by the RIAA; it is still his best-selling album, thanks in large part to the success of the songs that were released from the album as well as the promotional work done by Universal.
A fellow musician from New Orleans named DJ Jubilee asserted that Juvenile’s song “Back That Azz Up” sounded similar to one of his own songs, which resulted in a disagreement over the song, which only served to promote the single even further. In the end, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled against the plaintiff in this case in January of 2005.
In order to make the most of Juvenile’s newly acquired notoriety, his debut album, titled “Being Myself,” was reworked and reissued in 1998, simultaneously with a repackaged version of “Solja Rags.” The following year, in 1999, the band Hot Boys released their second studio album, titled “Guerrilla Warfare.” The record was so successful that it was awarded the Platinum certification.
Despite Juvenile’s best efforts, neither of his subsequent solo albums, “Tha G-Code” (1999) and “Project English” (2001), we’re able to match the level of success that “400 Degreez” had achieved. This is not to suggest that the albums were not successful; both made it into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 200 and were certified platinum; but, the success of both albums did not come close to that of “400 Degreez.”
His subsequent album, “Juve the Great,” which was released in 2003, was likewise awarded the Platinum certification. At the same time, Juvenile continued to collaborate with The Hot Boys on the creation of new content, and in 2003, the two groups issued their third and final album, titled “Let ‘Em Burn.” The albums “Reality Check” (2006), “Cocky & Confident” (2009), “Beast Mode” (2010), “Rejuvenation” (2012), and “The Fundamentals” are some of his other works (2014).
In addition to releasing his own music, Juvenile also launched his own label, UTP Records, in collaboration with his longtime manager Aubrey “Pied Piper” Francis and his elder brother Corey. The label was named after the initials of the three men.
Juvenile Personal Life
Shadonna Jones and Juvenile have been married for some time. Since 2003, the two people have been together as a pair. Jelani Juvenile is Juvenile’s daughter from a prior relationship with Joy Deleston; the two of them are the parents of Jelani. On February 29, 2008, Deleston, Jelani, and Jelani’s elder half-sister Micaiah was gunned down and slain inside of their home.
Micaiah was the oldest of the three victims. Jelani had not yet reached the age of four at the time. Anthony Tyrone Terrell Jr., the eldest child of Deleston, was arrested and charged with three charges of murder and three counts of aggravated assault. Anthony Tyrone Terrell Jr. was seventeen years old at the time of his arrest.
He entered a guilty plea, and as a result, he was sentenced to two consecutive lifetimes in prison. Due to the fact that he was a minor at the time of the crime, he did not get a death sentence, despite the fact that Georgia has a capital penalty.
The juvenile decided not to go to the funeral because he was concerned that his presence would bring an excessive amount of unwelcome attention and take the spotlight away from the funeral processes and ceremony. Additionally, he is the father of a child with a woman named Dionne Williams, whom he dated in the past.
Juvenile Legal Issues
The quarrel between Juvenile and his barber, who was accused of pirating Juvenile’s songs, led to the latter’s imprisonment in 2002 for hitting the former. The juvenile was arrested for the incident. The next year, the Juvenile was taken into custody in New Orleans on suspicion of drug trafficking.
As a result of a brawl that he got into in front of a nightclub in Miami, Florida, in the year 2001, he was sentenced to perform seventy-five hours of community service. In addition to this, the Juvenile was involved in a court struggle because he had failed to pay Joy Deleston the child support that she was owed.
In 2006, after a DNA test established beyond a reasonable doubt that Juvenile was indeed the biological father of Deleston’s child Jelani, the dispute was amicably settled. In 2017, the Juvenile was taken into custody for failing to pay Dionne Williams the child support obligation of $150,000 that he owed. In 2013, he was taken into custody for the first time for failing to make payments toward Williams’s child support obligation.