A man has claimed responsibility for helping kick-start Young Jeezy’s career – and is seeking to be paid for it.

TMZ reports that Ellerbee Demetrius sued Jeezy for $5 million last year, claiming that he helped form a number of record companies and assisted with the release of multiple mixtapes together.

Demetrius even claims to have executive produced Jeezy’s Def Jam studio albums.

Despite the fact that Demetrius claims to have known Jeezy since 1995, Jeezy denies ever having known the man.

In recent legal documents Jeezy denies Demetrius’ claims that the two were best friends, that the two formed record companies together, or that the two entered into agreements to share half of the profits.

The case is currently pending.

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