For a brief time, Gary, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs was signed to Jeezy’s CTE World. As an artist signed to the label, Gibbs would go on to appear on numerous mixtapes with Jeezy and join the rapper on tour, but the relationship between the two artists would eventually go downhill following Gibbs’ departure from CTE World in December 2012.
Gibbs' exit from CTE World would soon be followed by various diss records and other verbal shots taking aim at Jeezy. Jeezy has remained relatively silent on the matter, but did speak on Gibbs during a newly-released interview with Elliott Wilson of The Truth.
According to Jeezy, he could no longer afford to fund Gibbs’ music career with his own money. He says his conversation with the Indiana rapper about the matter ended on a cordial note despite the disses that would soon come.
“To be honest, it could have,” said Jeezy when asked if his partnership with Freddie Gibbs could have worked. “I put him on a song with Eminem. I put him on a song with T.I. I put him on numerous mixtapes that I had. I took him on tour. Took him around the world. I spent money on videos that he didn’t use cause he didn’t like em. And it wasn’t his money. So, at the end of the day my whole thing was to him was ‘I took you to every label in the game. They don’t wanna sign you. I don’t have no reason—I love you. You know what I’m saying? I think your music is dope, but they don’t want to sign you.’ So, at the end of the day when I called him up I was like ‘Yo, I can’t really spend my money on you. I got family, other shit I gotta take care of. So, I’ll help you all I can, but I can’t fund it anymore.’ Cool. Conversation went well. We got off the conversation it was straight, love. I hear diss records. What I’m supposed to do? I’m not replying to that. Nigga, we getting money…At the end of the day we all tried. It didn’t work. That shit happens in business all the time.”
Prior to speaking on his failed relationship with Gibbs, Jeezy revealed the reason why he’s willing to provide advice to up-and-coming artists.
“Just like me as a cat that’s been in the game I like to deal with the people that really believe in who they are,” he said. “August [Alsina] believes that shit he does. He really carries that around with him. Everything he does. He like ‘Fuck it.’ You know what I’m saying? But that’s how he is. I love that. Cause that’s how I am. And I got so much slack for being that in the beginning because it’s like they had the most problems with the labels. With the radio. Just different shit. So, I like to give a little guidance. Like ‘Okay, this is how you gotta do it. This is what you gotta say. This how you gotta plan.’”
Jeezy also spoke on his upcoming album Seen It All, which he says will focus on “real life situations.”
“I mean, you just have no idea, man just how much effort and how much time and how much frustration and pain and suffering and adversity and just hustling,” the Atlanta rapper said. “Just everything I put into this album. It’s my everything. Man, I put everything. I put my real life situations. I put things that I thought would never happen to me in a million years. I seen things you wouldn’t believe. I seen people that will look you in your face and tell you that they will die for you, kill for you. And when the smoke clears it’s the exact opposite…This album is about all that.”
Seen It All is scheduled for release on September 2 and will serve as Jeezy’s fifth studio album.