(CBS News) President Barack Obama gave rapper Young Jeezy a nod at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday in Washington.
Although Young Jeezy wasn't in attendance, he managed to make his way into the president's speech.
First going by the stage moniker Lil J, Jeezy dropped his own independent debut album boasted three chart topping singles, “And Then What” “Soul Survivor” and “My Hood” which shot Young Jeezy to stardom.
Always keeping his connection with the streets intact, Jeezy has collaborated with Southern greats like Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz as well as Birdman, Jay Z and E-40.
Jeezy has become much more political with his raps over the years.
In 2008, to commemorate the election of America’s first Black president Barack Obama, Jeezy dropped “My President” as a single off his upcoming album The Recession.
He has also been nominated in this award several times in his life. He began recording his 8th album in 2015 and it was finally released on 13th of November 2015 under the title Church in These Streets.
He got his first nomination in this award in 2009 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
“Nicole Kidman, I just looked at her,” the Style Code Live host said.
Other special invited guests included Mayor Kasim Reed, center; Jermaine Dupri, right, industry veterans Ryan Glover, Shanti Das, socialite Monyetta Shaw; restauranteur Giovanni Di Palma, and more.
Restauranteur Giovanni Di Palma, who owns several popular Atlanta eateries, toasts to Jeezy’s continued success.
Platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal firearms--specifically an assault rifle--during an investigation into a fatal shooting at the concert in Silicon Valley The Atlanta-based rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, was taken into custody Sunday by detectives along with five other people while executing a search warrant at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, Mountain View police spokesman Sgt. Arrested: Grammy nominee Young Jeezy was arrested Sunday (mugshot at right) as police investigated the shooting that occurred Saturday at a concert (Jeezy is pictured at left performing) co-headlined with Wiz Khalifa The arrests come after Eric Johnson of Orinda was shot and killed while backstage at the Under the Influence of Music concert Jeezy co-headlined with fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Friday.
Wiz, real name Cameron Jibril Thomaz, posted two tweets on Saturday afternoon, calling the killing a 'senseless tragedy' and added: 'Violence is never the answer.