In a recent interview with Rap Radar, Jeezy, the esteemed rap figure from Atlanta, expressed his gratitude towards Lil Wayne and B.G., acknowledging their role in shaping his rap name, which he has carried for nearly two decades.
During the interview with Elliott Wilson and B. Dot, Jeezy recounted the origin of the “Young Jeezy” moniker, revealing that it was the result of the influence of Lil Wayne and B.G., both former members of the Hot Boys during the late ’90s and early 2000s.
The story unfolded as Jeezy explained, “You know they the Hot Boys had B.G., and they called him B. Geezy,” he explained. “Wayne, they called him Weezy. And it was like a thing going on at the time, and people used to kinda call me that back in the day because my voice was so raspy in school. So I was like, ‘Yo, I’m just gon’ go with this.”
Jeezy went on to share other nicknames he had been associated with, such as “Lil J,” a name given by his grandmother, and “Dog,” which his friends affectionately called him. Additionally, during his hustling days in Lauderdale, he was known as “Bling” because of his penchant for showcasing diamond jewelry and luxurious cars.
However, it was after a conversation with a friend that Jeezy’s now-famous rap moniker was officially confirmed, though he admitted that it took some time to get accustomed to it.