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Born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, Jacquees first fell for the music of the Jacksons and the Temptations, not straight from their records, but from the television biopics that were popular in the early '90s. Talent shows led to agents, which led to work behind the scenes in music. In 2011 he launched his solo career with the EP I Am Jacquees, featuring the single "Krazy" with special guest T.I. The mixtape Round of Applause followed soon afterwards, with Fan Affiliated appearing in 2012 and QueMix arriving in 2013.
Chris Brown, Lloyd, and others landed on his 2014 effort 19, a self-released EP that led to a recording contract with Cash Money. Making the most of his new contract, Jacquees unleashed QueMix 2 and a bevy of singles in 2015, followed by the Mood mixtape in January 2016. A collaboration with fellow Cash Money labelmate Birdman yielded the Lost at Sea EP later that year. January 2017 brought Since You Playin', produced by Nash B, which was followed by another collaboration, this time with Detroit's DeJ Loaf on the Fuck a Friendzone mixtape. A second DeJ Loaf collaboration, "At the Club," arrived later that year. A 2018 EP titled This Time I'm Serious preceded Jacquees' debut studio album, 4275, which arrived in June. Jacquees' second Birdman collaboration, full-length Lost at Sea II, followed in November. The single "Verify," featuring Young Thug and Gunna, preceded the artist's second studio album, 2019's King of R&B. With a star-studded roster including YSL labelmates Lil Keed, Lil Baby, and Gunna, the album was released in November that year. ~ David Jeffries