Young Jeezy: Inspirational Snowman
Coming in December is that new album The Inspiration from Young Jeezy and in his words this album he is inspiring what inspired him, if you are confused then read below youll figure it out. From the way Jeezy was talking he wrote over a 100 songs for this album, so that shows he been grinding and you have to respect him for that. After every album many rappers do say they grow lyrically and according to Jeezy he even grew as a person. Did Jay-Z have a big look in to Jeezys project? Also the trapper speaks on his crip affiliation and how long the he thinks the south is going to dominate the game. As this album is getting ready to drop Jeezy explains the message hes trying to spread is for everybody thats trying to do something right, even college students, so for the readers of the hottest hip-hop website in the game read below to see whats really good!
HHDX: Yo Jeezy whats the deal!
YJ: Whats up homey!
HHDX: Same ol stuff husslin everyday just like you.
YJ: I know thats right, you aint doing nothing wrong!
HHDX: So whats really good with you I see you have that new album coming out?
YJ: Yeah man 12/12 The Inspiration man, Im about to hit em across the head with this one.
HHDX: Now lets start with this new album. The first joint everybody was saying its a hood classic, so you think its possible the new going to live up to the first?
YJ: Im think its going to be better man.
HHDX: And whys that?
YJ: Because Ive grown as a person for one and for two Ive been around the world with this shit, so I understand whats going on now. I was just looking at this shit from a Georgia outlook when I went in, you know what I mean. Ive been around the world and now I got a feeling of what niggas want.
HHDX: No doubt, you speak for the streets!
HHDX: Being on the grind and everything I heard you wrote over a 100 songs and you broke it down to like fifteen or sixteen, so whats good with that?
YJ: I just like to work man. My shit is the more Im in the studio the less Im in trouble and the less bullshit Im a get into. I just love what I do and I just like stay at that shit, Im a hustler.
HHDX: So with the other songs you took out of the 100 you going to put them on mixtapes or something?
YJ: It depends on it man, sometimes I do and sometimes I dont. Its whatever I feel, sometimes I always feel like the more you record the better off you are. If anything happens to me I just want to be heard anyway, so I got a catalog for them.
HHDX: I feel you on that, so do you feel your albums in competition with all the other hot albums thats about to drop this year?
YJ: Nah... I dont, I just feel everybody got their own lane. The industry is one big highway and everybody got their own lane. Thats how I really feel about it, I dont feel Im in competition with nobody, because everybody do different types of music for different types of people.
HHDX: With all the hot projects thats dropping under Def Jam this year, how you feel Jay-Z is doing as president of Def Jam?
YJ: I mean he is the president and he doing what the president do. The president is keeping everything in order and thats all you can really ask, hes the president. If some shit go wrong you go holla at Hov, you go see Hov [laughs], you know what I mean.
HHDX: So did he take a lot of look into your project?
YJ: They let me do me. You know, I play songs for him all the time and he gives me his input. At the end of the day its just one of them situations where Im good, cause I get to do me. I dont have everybody on my back telling me what I should do. Its more of a situation where you do what you do and we gonna back you.
HHDX: So basically everybody got they own hustle?
HHDX: Yo, is it true you dont roll with them BMF dudes no more?
YJ: What you mean by that?
HHDX: Like hang with them or whatever.
YJ: My man is locked up and thats what that is. Thats my dude right there and I talk to him everyday.
HHDX: So they played a big part in helping you get on though, right?
YJ: Hell naw, he wouldnt tell you that. How would you assume that, why would you say that?
HHDX: I talked to Bleu Davinci a while ago and he had his little words to say, you know.
YJ: Nah man, I aint thinking about that shit, my man is good.
HHDX: Now with you being in the game for a little bit, what you think it would take to remain successful in this industry?
YJ: Aw man, just doing what I do staying Jeezy and staying down, you know what I mean.
HHDX: So you think fans are going to remember Jeezy as a legend one day?
YJ: I would hope so, thats what Im aiming for [laughs].
HHDX: I know you would like that after performing at the hip-hop honors not too long ago!
YJ: Yeah, it is what it is man. Im just trying to keep the streets alive man, especially with the culture and the type of music we do. Its a different type of music and if you dont stay at it, it could fade back out.
HHDX: Yo, whats good with cats saying you a crip or something, whats the deal with that?
YJ: What you mean? What they saying, you asking some silly questions homey.
HHDX: Im asking you, you tell me!
YJ: What they saying, what you hear?
HHDX: You know how you read stuff!
YJ: Oh okay, well Im definitely affiliated if thats what you asking.
HHDX: Alright I feel you on that, back to your new album what made you give it that title?
YJ: I mean you know, it was basically they inspired me to inspire them. Thats what I was on it, my whole thing was catering to the streets. Im catering to the people that listen to my music and my voice and thats what inspires me. When a cat walks up to me and tell me keep doing what Im doing keeping the streets alive, thats who I do it for, thats my goal. A lot of cats dont understand that. They think my music is just for the trap boys, the d-boys, but its a bigger picture than that. I made it so cats can understand my music and why we act a certain way and why we do certain things, especially for the people who dont understand us. The ones who dont understand the streets.
HHDX: How did you develop lyrically as an artist since the last album though?
YJ: I think I developed as a person you know what I mean. I would say a person, I wouldnt say lyrically. You grow as a person and you only get more confident with your lyrics. I definitely got more confident, but at the end of the day I think I grew as a person.
HHDX: So how long you been working on this album?
YJ: Its been a couple months, I jumped off the road about four or five months ago and been at it ever since. I had to pull myself off the road, you know what I mean.
HHDX: So its been a full-time grind!
HHDX: You still going to be ad-libing all crazy [laughs]?
YJ: I mean... thats how I feel man. Im a do whatever sounds right to me and just let the people ride with that. At the end of the day ad-libing just showed something different about my music. A lot of cats just record, I went in and did the extras to bring it out a little more, cause thats how I feel.
HHDX: Yeah, cause everybody be saying you took ad-libing to a whole different level.
YJ: [Laughs] Yeah, you know how that goes man.
HHDX: So whos featured on this album as far as producers, artist, everybody?
YJ: I pretty much went with the same cats as far as production. Shawty Red, DJ Toomp, DJ Smurf, Drumma Boy, cats like that. I got some good features, I got Ludacris, Keishia Cole, 3-6 Mafia, T.I., just to name a few.
HHDX: Okay, so you have a favorite song or whatever?
YJ: Yeah I got this joint called What you talking bout, its crazy and DJ Smurf produced that.
HHDX: Now with you being one of the top dudes in the south and everything, how long you think the south is going to dominate the game.
YJ: I mean we just making music homey, we never looked at it liked that. People just paying attention to what we doing now which is cool, so we just grinding man and thats what we do. You ever come down to the south we dont pay attention to whats going on around us, we just do what we do and stay on the grind. Everybody loving whats going on right now, aint nobody tryna put no time limit on it. We just doing what we do to keep it strong to keep the movement going.
HHDX: Yeah, but thats what keep yall strong, because everybody be showing love down south too.
YJ: Yeah, but you know its more of a southern hospitality thing down here. A cat would feel a certain way if you in the club and dont speak to him, but we speak to each other. Its the same thing with other artist, thats why me and T.I. so cool. Me and Ludacris been seeing each other half our lives, but you know we just in a different position now. We just got to keep the city on lock and keep the city strong, you feel me.
HHDX: I feel you on that, cause Im from the east-coast and Im kind of mad at east-coast rap right now.
YJ: I mean thats just what it is thought homey, its just different strokes for different folks. Cats do represent though, Jimmy(Jim Jones) and them doing they thing up there, their movement is down this way too now and we respect that. We like to see cats stay with they movement and continue to do what they do, so its looking real good.
HHDX: I mean its all good though, everybody get their time, you feel me.
YJ: Yeah, it always does the history repeats itself, it goes right back around.
HHDX: No doubt, Im trying to see who is next!
YJ: Yeah me too [laughs], I might go sign somebody over there.
HHDX: Right, whats the message you trying to spread with this album, especially for the streets out here?
YJ: My thing is inspiration, I want to give them something to live and die by. At the end of the day if a cat feeling a certain way I want to pick him up. If hes feeling down I want to pick him up, if hes on top of his game I want to keep him there. I just want them to know I aint change nothing. I couldve went for the cross-over, I really couldve and whats crazy is I hear a lot of cats say My music is this. Im lyrical with reality, a lot of cats is lyrical with words. When you touch the hearts with men, its like you said with ad-libs. People recite your ad-libs and say certain things they feel how you feel. That what makes it a movement and not just a song or just a record, you feel what Im saying, it makes it a movement.
HHDX: I feel you on that, that just shows you not just speaking for the trappers, you speaking for all the college students and everybody thats trying to do they thing [laughs].
YJ: Everybody, Im speaking for everybody that wants something out of life man. Im speaking for anybody, I dont care what you do.
HHDX: You dont grind, you dont shine!
YJ: Exactly man [laughs].
HHDX: So the snowman is back I see!
YJ: Yeah man... Im a keep it me, Im a keep it snowmental. Im just gonna do what I do, Im looking forward to the 12th definitely though, because its like judgment day to me. A lot of cats saying I cant do it again and I cant see how. I gave them Streets is Watching, how can they doubt me man? I gave them Trap or Die how can they doubt me homey? Im here and I aint going nowhere.
HHDX: Okay, we going to see whats good in December!
YJ: Lets see, judgment day!
HHDX: No doubt, good looking on this interview Jeezy you have anything to say to the readers of www.hiphopdx.com ?
YJ: Album in stores 12/12 and lets get it, The Inspiration!
HHDX: Can we get that quick ad-lib [laughs]?
YJ: Jeah [laughs]!