Jaheim is an American singer and rapper. Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Jaheim is one of the older generation’s rappers. Born in 1978, he grew up with a grandfather. His grandfather was part of the music industry.
The rapper started singing at a young age. As a kid, he sang and won a local talent show. And that was before he got into his teenage years. Let’s take a look at his career path and how he got there.
Career Ups and Downs
Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Jaheim grew up in the city’s now-defunct Memorial Parkway Homes public housing project. He lost his father in 1981, at the age of just three years. His grandfather took him in and raised him. His grandfather sang with groups like The Drifters and other top groups. Family reunions were songfests in the house.
At a young age, Jaheim sang at family reunions and local talent shows. That already put him on a career trajectory. He won a local talent show by the time he was a teenager. Jaheim won the Apollo Theater’s talent show three times by the age of 15.
But he experienced another tragedy. His mother died. After her death, he recorded a tape and sent it to Divine Mill Records. That led to a deal and his first two singles, Could It Be and Lil Nigga Aint Mine. He received good reactions to the singles on BET video shows.
In 2001, he released one of his best albums, Ghetto Love. The album contains two of his best songs, Fabulous and Anything. Both peaked in the Top 40 Chart in the US.
In 2006, he released the album Ghetto Classics. It is his first number one album and it led to a contract with Atlantic Records. Under the new label, Jaheim released his fourth album, The Makings of a Man in 2007.
In 2009, he released the single Ain’t Leavin Without You. It served as the lead single of the 2010 album, Another Round.
He took a short hiatus from music. But in 2013, Jaheim returned with the new single, Age Ain’t a Factor. In 2014, the rapper restarted his own label Julie’s Dream Music Group. He started this label early in 1997, restarted it in 2002, and then again in 2014. Following the launch of his label, he signed a new deal with BMG Records in February 2015.
He released a new single Back in My Arms and revealed his seventh album, Struggle Love. The album got released on March 18, 2016.
Over the years of a successful music career, Jaheim got famous and popular. He won the hearts of millions of people across the world.
To this date, he sold more than 5 million records worldwide. He also received three Grammy nominations.
As of June 2020, Jaheim fortune is more than $4.5 million. Most of that is thanks to his musical career.
Awards and Achievements
Over the years of labor, Jaheim earned a couple of awards and nominations. But the biggest award nominations are his Grammy considerations. He got nominated for a Grammy three times. He also won awards and nominations by Soul Train Music Awards and American Music Award. Here are his Grammy nominations.
- Best R&B Album in 2011 for Another Round
- Best R&B Song for Finding My Way Back in 2011
- Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2011 for Finding My Way Back
Jaheim lives in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey. He is the grandson of the late 1960s soul singer Hoagy Lands. He doesn’t have a girlfriend as of June 2020. He does have a daughter, Shemeka Foster. But he didn’t disclose the name of the mother.
In 2018, he caused a lot of controversy after posting a picture of a newborn baby. He referred to him as Little Jah. While many thought he wants to hide the mother, the reality was different. Jah is his nephew, his name is Jahfir. Jaheim only wanted to share the happy news. He then explained everything to his social media followers.