Yung Berg came up around the same time the new wave of inner city Chicago talent started getting the mainstream's attention. We're talking Lil Bibby, Dreezy and Lil Herb, to name a few. This is because of his recent role on Love & Hip Hop Hollywood. His musical prime came well before reality TV. Today (Sept. 9), we look back on his career on his 29th birthday.

Before he became a Billboard-approved star, Yung Berg was signed to DMX's Bloodline Records in 2001. But DMX's career was on the decline, and Yung Berg wouldn't get much done before his parents decided to send him to military school. After graduating, Berg moved west and became Shawnna's hype man.

His big break finally came in 2007, when he dropped "Sexy Lady." His debut solo single was also his biggest, peaking at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. The rapper was blessed to also enjoy another hit when he teamed up with Ray J for "Sexy Can I," which peaked at No. 3.

Then came "The Business," his collabo with singer Casha, which also had a welcomed reception. However, his music career in the spotlight fizzled after his debut LP, Look What You Made Me, failed to impress. These days, Yung Berg is known more for his production skills and displaying his romantic issues on VH1's popular drama.

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