LаRоn Lоuіѕ Јаmеѕ more popularly known by his stage name Juelz Santana is a prominent American rapper that is famous for being a member of The Diplomats or Dipset.
Despite being a renowned figure in the music industry, Santana also had his lows when he was arrested for illegal possession of firearms and drugs which heavily affected his net worth and career.
If you want to know more about this prominent artist, then keep on reading as we will provide you enough information about his career, legal issues, and net worth.
Full Name: LaRon Louis James
Stage Name: Juelz Santana
Birthday: Feb 18, 1982
Place of Origin: Harlem, New York, United States
Age: 38 years old
Height: 5’7” ft
Weight: 67 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Wife: Kimbella Vanderhee
Profession: Singer, Musician, Record producer, Actor, Rapper
Juelz Santana Total Net Worth: $10 million
Louis James was born on February 18, 1982, in Harlem Manhattan, Nеw Yоrk Сitу іn thе Unіtеd Ѕtаtеѕ of Аmеrіса to an African ancestry father and a Dominican mother. He grew up learning about music and venturing out his style.
He started babbling and soon found out that his first attempt in rapping was at the age of five. During his teenage days, he started to double Draft Pick bу thе nаmе оf Рrіоrіtу Rесоrdѕ which marks his first step towards reaching the spotlight.
In 2000, hе mаdе a guest арреаrаnсе іn Саm’rоn’ѕ album lаbеllеd аѕ Ѕ.D.Е whеn hе wаѕ thе аgе оf 18 уеаrѕ оld.
Juelz Santana Career
Santana jumpstarted his career when Cameron introduced him to the rap industry which resulted in him being recruited as a member of The Diplomats or later referred to as Dipset.
All four members signed under Roc-a-Fella Records and after two years, Santana released his own solo mixtape called Final Destination which earned him mainstream recognition.
Apart from this, he released a single debut album in 2003 title From Me to U and reached number 8 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Followed by his second album, What the Game’s Been Missing! which includes a single titled There It Go. The track earned him the third place on the Hot Rap Tracks and sixth on the Billboard Hot 100. Both the album and infamous single is certified gold platinum.
He also collaborated with various artists for more than thirty times. This includes Chris Brown, Young Jeezy, Clockwise, Flo Rida, and more. He also produced several soundtracks for films like The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, End of Watch, to mention a few.
Aside from his musical career, he also ventured out to acting. Santana appeared in some TV Series or movies such as The Diplomats: Once Upon A Time, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, State Property: Blood on the Streets, and many more.
Just like any artist, Santana also struggled and was involved in some serious legal issues. In 2011, his recording studio in Bergenfield was raided after a thorough 10-month long investigation.
Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Gang Unit was able to confiscate two loaded 9mm handguns, boxes of ammunition, and 3 ounces of marijuana.
A month after the said incident, Santana was then charged for making terrorist threats and for public misconduct.
He has also been arrested for another illegal possession of firearms in March 2018 when Transportation Security Administration agents at Newark Liberty International Airport examined his luggage.
Due to his recurring cases, he was denied bail. While waiting for a federal trial, he stayed under house arrest at his mother’s residence in New Jersey. In December, he was sentenced to 27 months in prison followed by another year of a supervised release.
Santana was recently released from prison this year last August 5 after serving only 17 months of his 27-month sentence.
It was also reported that Santana has a son born in 2003 from his ex-girlfriend. Despite knowing this, Kimbella Vanderee married him in January 2019 a year after Santana proposed to her.
The couple had been in an on and off relationship situation. They also had two children together named Bella Monroe James and Juelz Santana James.
Achievement and Awards
So far, Santana also bagged a few achievements and awards over the course of his career including a nomination for a Grammy Award in 2004. He was also able to release two studio albums, twenty-two singles, six mixtapes, and more.
Although he was not able to garner several awards like other artists, he still has a fandom that supports and admires his music. For an artist, to gain recognition and acknowledgment by a huge crowd is a great achievement alone.
Juelz Santana Net Worth
Santana has an estimated net worth of $10 million. His fortune is due to his successful acting and music career. It is also made possible because of how his albums got sold out every time he releases one.
Aside from this, he also earned additional income coming from collaborations and endorsement deals. His rapping style has caught the attention of many fans who supported his career since day one.