Coronavirus

Jeezy, J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar Get Political on 'American Dream'

Jeezy
Paras Griffin/Getty Images

 Jeezy performs onstage at Streetzfest 2K17 at Lakewood Amphitheatre on Aug. 19, 2017 in Atlanta. 

The highly anticipated cut "American Dream," from Jeezy's upcoming album Pressure, was a clear standout on the track list for two reasons: J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. After teasing a snippet of the track recently, Jeezy treated fans to an early listen ahead of the album's release and unveiled the full version of "American Dream" on Thursday (Dec. 14).

Jeezy, Cole and Kendrick trade verses over the soulful street ballad about their view of the coveted "American Dream." For Jeezy, he's living his version of the "dream" with his "four-car garage for the 'Rari." The Snowman reflects on his former street life and how focused he is on continuing his grind, and sends a subtle shot to the current president of the United States. "First my president was black, now my president is wack," he raps, referencing his 2008 tribute to then newly elected president Barack Obama, "My President." 

J. Cole follows suit with a politically charged verse on the harsh reality of the "American Dream" as a black American. "Hysterical screams, coming from mothers that buried their kings/ Or the unbearable pain of watching them walk out with the sheriff in chains," Cole spits. "Becoming a number, they no longer care bout the name/ White folks been getting rich off of cocaine/ Through some underhanded methods, I don't got time to explain."

To close out the track, Kendrick takes a different approach than his predecessors and trades in his witty punchlines for a brief verse in a smooth sing-song voice.

Listen to "American Dream" below:

THE BILLBOARD BIZ
SUBSCRIBER EXPERIENCE

The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.


To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.