ATLien Rapper/Producer JEEZY covers the SPECIAL ISSUE: #POWER30 X #SOURCE360 ISSUE of THE SOURCE!!!
Here are some interview highlights:
On being a gangster rapper in 2014:
I think me and people like me that answered the call, and were appointed by the people to be their spokesperson have to walk a separate line because, you might like my music, but I think you probably love me more for what I stand for and what my morals are. So I think that’s what makes me special, and different from a lot of artists, because you know we got some people where their whole career is off pure talent. They’re very talented but they don’t have any morals, or the ability to go sit outside and watch something, and then be able to go talk about it in a rhyme form and make you believe it. Everything is so internet based now, you don’t even know what to believe anymore.
I just feel like, when things like this happen, you have to build trust within the community. They did all the wrong things. Instead of going there and trying to resolve the situation, they went in there with tasers, riot guns and riot forces, and you can’t come to my neighborhood and not expect us to stand up for what we believe in. You know, that type of sh*t happens in Iraq, that doesn’t happen in Ferguson.
On auditioning to be Tupac on Broadway:
Jeezy was almost Tupac. No, he didn’t go to the tattoo parlor and stop just short of getting “Thug Life” tattooed across his stomach, but when it came to cast the Tupac character in the short-lived Tupac musical, “Holler If You Hear Me”, Jeezy read for the part and earnestly competed to land it.
I came to New York, auditioned and everything. Snoman was going to be on Broadway, man [laughs].
.@YoungJeezy graces cover 1-of-2 of the 2014 Power 30/SOURCE360 issue of The Source Magazine. http://t.co/6v8EYHeVR8 pic.twitter.com/ZoNgjWMeh5
— The Source Magazine (@THESOURCE) September 2, 2014