Usher: Called an “R&B teen dream” by Rolling Stone, Usher was only 15 years old when he released his self-titled second album in 1994. (The album was executive produced by hitmaker Sean “P. Diddy” Combs.) Usher’s 1997 hit single “You Make Me Wanna…” gained him international fame, and his album My Way earned him the 1998 Billboard Best Performer of the Year award. A sultry R&B singer in the old-school mode of Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross, Usher has never been afraid to show off his muscular new-school physique. He has also dabbled in acting, with a recurring role on the teen sitcom Moesha, and roles in the films She’s All That (1999, with Freddie Prinze, Jr.) and Texas Rangers (2001, with Ashton Kutcher). His other albums include 8701 (2001) and Confessions (2004). Confessions featured the singles “Burn” and “Yeah” (the latter a collaboration with Ludacris and Lil’ Jon) and earned Usher four American Music Awards and eight Grammy nominations.
Young Jeezy: Young Jeezy (born Jay L. Jenkins in Columbia, SC) grew up in Hawkinsville, Georgia. He currently resides in the metro-Atlanta area. He is an American rapper who is signed to Def Jam Records as a solo artist. Before he moved to a solo career, he was a part of the rap group Boyz N da Hood.
Fitting in with the Southern style so popular in the current age, Jeezy raps frequently about his experiences selling drugs in the streets of Atlanta. His album “Thug Motivation 101” features several songs whose choruses and lyrics overtly reference his criminal past, such as “Trap Star,” “Trap or Die,” and “Go Crazy.”
The same album also features a song dedicated to his former partner Mad Lou, who is currently incarcerated.