Shakeem “Huggin' Money Keem” Jones is a NY native. Currently residing in Knoxville,TN. Keem grew up in a household with his mother, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters. Keem was the only of six children with a different biological father. Growing up, Keem knew his step-father (which to date he considers to be his dad) was one of the most highly respected hustlers in the neighborhood and his ruthless nature was seen in the home as well. Sometimes feeling like an outcast. An escape for Keem was his first love, music. In his early years he heard mostly house music, with a blend of Hip Hop and R&B. He loved to dance with his mom while she did her routine Saturday morning cleaning. He was driven by the up beat and tempo. He was also lead singer in his church choir and travel the country singing.
Keem was inspired to create, write, produce and arrange music by icons like Prince, Kool Moe D, Eazy E, Ice Cube, and LL Cool J, and Method Man. Keem wrote his first song in 5th grade. Consistently writing and performing for family and friends he was determined to pursue his talent. Keem’s passion to succeed pushed him to do something independent, and make his own rules. in 2003 Keem founded his company “Dub Fam Entertainment. which later became Huggin' Money Entertainment.
Hard work paid off in 2004 when a friend took his mix-tape to Shurod Brown, CEO of Heaven Sent Entertainment. Brown recognized how unique, commercial, and catchy his music was which intrigued him. When Brown met Keem he loved his humility, humbleness and hunger. A partnership formed immediately. After 2 years of artist development with Brown, Ray DeJon, and Curtis aka “Fifty". It was time to showcase Keem’s talent.
From 2006 - 2010 Keem toured the country performing for the Funk Master Flex Custom Car Shows. Keem performed alongside artist such as Trey Songz, Lupe Fiasco, Busta Rhymes, and P. Diddy to name a few.
Keem’s unique fashion sense attracted people to his clothing line. Currently Keem’s Huggin' Money Apparel clothing is worn by trendsetters worldwide.
Keem’s goal is to be the best. His motivation is to provide for his single mother, 2 younger sisters, his now 11 yr old son Isaiah. Keem is currently releasing projects, performing at arenas and many other big events. He's making nightclub appearances internationally. And taking the music scene by storm, Keem is destined to be our next big mogul!