Rodney Smallwood (born December 5, 1986, in Shreveport, Louisiana) grew up on "southern" rap and being a native of the same state, was further influenced by two of the most well known labels in the south..."No Limit" and "Cash Money Records".
Relocating, at an early age, to the "ATL" was the result of his father's position as guitarist for the legendary "Blues" singer Millie Jackson. The move to Atlanta motivated Young Peezy to sharpen his lyrical talent and make his mark on "hip-hop" to soon be recognized amongst the current artists/entrepreneurs from the "dirty south".
Before embarking on his solo career, Young Peezy (with three of his high school friends) decided to unify their individual talents and create the group "Street Team" which later became "Dirt Road" under the new management and production of Young Peezy's father, John "Rodjaye" Johnson (owner and CEO of Tanjar Entertainment Music Publishing). Shortly after recording began, circumstances arose halting production and subsequently hindering the completion of the album.
After the early demise of the group, Young Peezy decided to put his music goals on hold and refocus the attention to his educational studies. Due to continuous efforts to submerge the desire (to rap), he came to realize that "music" was in his blood and he could no longer ignore the urge and he was undoubtedly convinced by his cousin Dre' (currently incarcerated) who spoke encouraging words reminding him to follow his heart and take a chance however great it may be.
Upon graduation, Young Peezy returned to the studio, recorded and promoted two (2) underground mix-tapes entitled "Definition of Hot" and "From the Bottom to the Top" which generated an immense "hype" among friends, relatives and soon-to-be fans. His"myspace" page has already calculated major "hits" from numerous requested selections on both mix-tapes and it was his father who persuaded him to stop wasting his talent over someone else's track and create or discover his own "swag". Young Peezy, accepting his father's advice, requested his assistance in the preparation of the "solo" journey to the road of the "dirty south" lineup.
An entity was then formed called "Music & Money Records, LLC" with Young Peezy retaining fifty percent (50%) and title of Vice-President of their company. Soon after, the best tracks were selected, purchased and/or leased from independent producers such as "Lil Jit", "First Down" of "On Point Productions" and "Rodjaye" of "Tanjar Entertainment Music Publishing". During this search for the right tracks, Young Peezy used the time advantageously by perfecting his performances on stage at "Express", "Bunker" and "Upscale Lounge" all located on the "northside" (Gwinnett County) and "Pinups" located in the "Dec" (Decatur). With the promotion of these performances added to his repertoire along with the "myspace" page, his fan base is increasing tremendously.
Currently completing his debut solo Ep "Grind Hard" with the first single entitled "Paper Stakz" to be released January 15, 2009, Young Peezy affirms the determination and dedication behind each "cut" off the Ep is due greatly to the people who truly believed (had his back) in his talent and pushed him to achieve his dream and vision!