Jeezy Before His Arrest: The Billboard Photo Shoot
Days before his felony weapons charge...
Days before his felony weapons charge (and before posting $1 million bail) the rapper sat down with Billboard. “I’m so used to dealing with problems when shit is all bad — it’s a talent,” says Jeezy.
Jeezy photographed by Ryan Young on August 20, 2014 at S Prime Steakhouse in Long Island City, New York. Grooming by Booz The Barber at BOOZ WORLD Premium Grooming Services.
A few days before his arrest, the rap...
A few days before his arrest, the rapper, 36, sits in a steakhouse in Queens during a break from the tour to talk to Billboard. “You can be up in the streets and down the next,” he says. “You can’t let that make or break you.”
He recalls a talk with two rap legend...
He recalls a talk with two rap legends that started him on a new path. “Snoop Dogg and E-40 sat me down and told me, ‘You got a responsibility. You need to speak to your people,’ ” he says. “It clicked in my mind. These are two OGs I grew up listening to, telling me to get off my ass.”
At the steakhouse the rapper, dressed...
At the steakhouse the rapper, dressed all in black, introduces himself with slang terminology for drug dealer, “I’m an OT — Original Trapper!” Before it was morphed by DJ-producers like Baauer and DJ Snake into the soundtrack for EDM festivals, “trap” started as a Southern rap subgenre known for big 808s and lyrics about dealing drugs.
The arrest may not have broken him, b...
The arrest may not have broken him, but it certainly disrupted both Jeezy’s touring and promotional schedules ahead of his fifth solo LP, Seen It All, released Sept. 2 on Def Jam.
“I’m a true leader, that’s who ...
“I’m a true leader, that’s who I am,” Jeezy says. “With my friends, my team, I’m trying to uplift them.”
On lending his support to Ferguson, M...
On lending his support to Ferguson, Missouri in the days following Michael Brown's death: “We couldn’t just come, get money and leave. When you see 13-year-olds holding Molotovs? That’s not supposed to happen on American soil. These are kids.”