Young Jeezy in 2005
|Birth name||Jay Wayne Jenkins|
|Also known as||
September 28, 1977 |
Columbia, South Carolina, US
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
I think I got a lot of life skills; I got a lot of wisdom; I've seen a lot of bad things happen to a lot of good people.
Everyday, all day I have to be productive. And when I ain't productive, I get concerned.
Anybody that's got a problem with me is probably envious or wants to be me, and that's how I've always looked at it.
I don't really feel McCain. It ain't just because Barack is black; he can make change. Just like Bush equals recession, Barack equals progression.
Honestly, I'm on the road so much that I never really get a chance to go to baseball games.
I'ma continue to make records, continue to make hits, continue to be what I am, legendary.
I don't think nobody should compare me to anyone, 'cause, at the end of the day, you've got a 'Pac, you've got Snoop, you got Tip, you got Wayne – there's only one Jeezy, man. Ain't nobody walked in these shoes but me.
When you a ghetto star, when you a hood star, you gonna take care of your grandmother, your mother. When you on that next level, you gotta take care of the city, the streets.
All my music is inspirational. You just gotta listen to the words and get what you can get out of it.
I think everybody knows my sound because I'm me, you know? But, on your fourth album, I think you've definitely gotta show growth because I definitely don't plan on being one of those cats that fade off. It's always about growing with me; I grew up over the years.
You gotta have life your way. If you ain't losing your mind, you ain't partying right.
I represent the Democratic party… I've never been nor do I ever plan to be a John McCain supporter. I support Barack Obama.
When you're trying to bring the streets into rap to prove a point, then you already lost. You separate the two, and that ain't to be played with. You've got people that lost their lives and people that are doing real time. If we gon' make music, let's just make music.
I love the streets, and the streets love me back. And when things ain't going the way they should go, they let you know… and when they happy, you gotta keep 'em happy.
I guess now music is so saturated and so microwaved. It's, like, 15 minutes in the microwave and boom, you've got something. Nobody's putting passion or any thought behind it anymore.
I feel like I'm married to what I do, to the streets. And I feel like when the streets are mad, it's serious.
I could sit right here and have a 15-minute conversation with somebody and change their whole life.
As long as I'm not selling out the people that ride or die with me, I'm glad I'm not an MC. I'm a motivational speaker. I'm not that rapper dude.
In my heart, I'm 100% real. You can't pull out nothing in my past that can say I'm not 100% real.
I created my lane. No one can ever run my lane because it's mine. I'm the Michael Jackson of my lane. And you know, nobody was as great as Michael. I love Prince, but he's not Michael.
To be honest, I think about the clubs when I write. But I should probably start thinking about stadiums, because the songs sound even better there – and bigger.
I just think a hustler's ambition is that I never stop. I start off hustling and said I'll never stop hustling. An ambitious hustler is the one to hustle the hustlers. When I grew up, my heroes were hustlers. Now I'm their hero.
People who work every day are kind of scared of things they don't understand.
I, and others like me – trap stars – we always considered ourselves Robin Hoods: we go out and get the money. Just think, if you was in the village and you a hunter, you take pride in going out to hunt the prey and bring it back for the village to eat. In our situation, we took pride in getting money so that the hood could eat.
A lot of things come with fame, whether it's losing friends or losing family.
I never wanted to be a statistic. I never wanted to be that cat who tried and never made it.
When money was plentiful, I was the first one who told you to stack it. Live your life with it. Now that money slowed up, I'ma be the one telling you to save it like they ain't gon' make it no more.
With rap, it's a funny thing. You can say things, and people can take 'em the way they wanna take 'em.