Veteran rapper Jeezy gave an interview with Hot 97’s Ebro In The Morning, and the Atlanta native used the platform to separate himself from his musical peers. The “Seen It All” rhymer expressed now his mission is to take on a
leadership role for the youth. According to Jeezy, the only other Hip Hop star to carry that load was Tupac Shakur.
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“I can’t prove anything to nobody in this game. Ain’t nobody in this game got my credentials,” said Jeezy. “It ain’t nothing to talk about. It’s me and Pac. That’s it, leave it there.”
When asked about Jay Z’s place in that conversation, Jeezy shows respect to his frequent rhyme partner, but adds he and Tupac represent the revolutionary side of the coin while Jay represents the business side.
“Hov is a business man, but me and Pac were more so on some revolutionary leadership,” stated Jeezy. “Don’t get me wrong – Hov, that’s my G. At the end of the day, I respect anything he do, but he’s a boss. He makes boss moves. But you have somebody like me and Pac, we’re always on the ground level trying to motivate and inspire the people with my music.”
Jeezy goes on to discuss the ongoing violence in cities like Chicago and how the young people in those communities do not have an “OG” who survived the streets to look to for guidance. The Atlantic Records A&R executive cites Jay Z as an example of someone the streets show love to for making it out.
“That’s why Brooklyn loves Hov so much. Everything he do is better than last time. He’s always moving in a forward motion. You always want to be around people that move in a forward motion,” said Jeezy. “Before I leave this game, I’m going to make sure I put my imprint down and let them know this is what you can be ten years out of the game.”