On an overcast November afternoon, Rick Ross is sitting at a conference table inside Def Jam's Manhattan offices. His fiancee Lira Galore to his left, the Miami MC, 39, lifts a blunt to his lips and inhales before offering Billboard a drag.
It’s been ten years since Young Jeezy formally introduced himself, and with five respectable studio LP’s plus a handful of street-celebrated mixtapes under his belt, the 38-year-old could be content with his legendary status.
It has been 10 years since Jeezy introduced himself with his solo major-label debut, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, which helped popularize the trap sound that still dominates rap today. But instead of being content with the sound he pioneered, the 38-year-old is burrowing deeper, finding new spiritual themes on sixth LP Church in These Streets (Nov. 13, Def Jam).