Just when you thought Jeezy placed his jersey in the rafters with his swan song TM 104 last year, the trap master released his seven-track EP Twenty/20 Pyrex Vision on Friday (March 28). Not only is Jeezy back on the scene slinging grandeur street raps for his rabid fan base, but he's doing it independently and with his longtime producer Shawty Redd.
"I know my day-one fans, and they know the day-one me, so this is back to square one," Jeezy tells Billboard in an exclusive interview. "I just wanted to get back in with Shawty. It's been a while since we did our formula, which was like, no A&Rs involved, no outside input. It was just me and him -- him making the beats and actually recording me and engineering it, and me just coming with my thought process with no monetary gain in mind. It was pure."
Laced with ironclad raps about chasing financial freedom and flexing on your haters ("Billions" and "First Mind"), Jeezy's delivery remains sturdy and supple, while Redd's booming trap sounds harken back to the days of TM: 101 and The Inspiration, making the duo's return a splashy one. "There's nobody that can make Jeezy music, especially Jeezy, Shawty Redd music," gushes Jeezy. "It's an acquired taste, but you gotta been riding with us day one to know what that is."