Young Jeezy
Good Things

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It’s never seemed like he was having much fun. Since summer 2005, when his Def Jam debut, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, introduced the world at large to what began as a mixtape phenomenon on the Atlanta streets, Young Jeezy has brought joy to millions with his music—the massive hooks, the ad-libs, the swagger. Despite his great success, though, his public persona has remained that of a man on a serious grind—guarded, weary, resigned.

The epitome of the hustler turned rapper with a plan (it was Jeezy, as much as anybody else, who popularized the term “movement”), he came to Def Jam equipped with a company, Corporate Thugz Entertainment, and a group, USDA (United Streets D-boys of America), composed of himself and two of his artists, Blood Raw and Slick Pulla. At the same time, he’s stayed steadfast in his commitment to the streets—a commitment that has had its consequences. USDA’s debut was to have been the follow-up to Let’s Get It, but Blood was arrested, and Slick was shot, so the project was pushed and Jeezy’s second solo album, The Inspiration, dropped in December 2006. Now, four months later, Blood’s been acquitted, and Slick’s back on his feet. So with The Inspiration surpassing a million in sales (and still on the charts—No. 64 on the Billboard 200 as XXL went to press), USDA’s Cold Summer is ready for a May 22 release.

On this April evening, Jeezy chills in a smoked-out penthouse suite at Atlanta’s Intercontinental Hotel. Dressed in jeans from his new clothing line, 8732 (dial U-S-D-A on your phone), and a T-shirt that reads, “More Guns Than Roses,” he listens to Baby and Wayne’s “Leather So Soft” and Lil Boosie’s “My Nigga” over and over while sipping Perrier Jouët Brut. Relaxed, confident, speaking freely, smiling easy, in stark contrast to those earlier reports, Jeezy seems happy. Fo’real.

The word on Jeezy has always been that he’s this quiet, serious, mysterious figure. Gloomy even. Not tonight. Seems like you’re having the time of your life.
Aww, man, like I told my little brother the other day: I got the rest of my life ahead of me. I got a smile on my face. I’m loving it. I’m high off life right now—and about four blunts of Kush, though. [Laughs] And some champagne we sippin’ on.

You said earlier, you really like rap now.
I loved it before, but I love it even more now. It changed my life. You got shit to do every day. It’s productive. Sky’s-the-limit-type productive. For you to feel a certain way and express the way you feel and people to love you—that shit is priceless. It’s a blessing. How you not gonna love that? I get up every day in the morning, and some niggas out there in the world love me and thinkin’, “Fuck that, what would Jeezy do?” Not even that. “What would a real nigga do?”

You seem to be hung up on the idea of not straying from the streets. Even more than most artists.
You know, you feel guilty at times. Not that I do, but it’s like, there’s a lot of shit niggas can say in this world. A lot of niggas get on these tracks—they shot niggas, they killed niggas, they done this, they robbed this nigga, they done that. But I sit back and look at myself sometimes like, “Nigga, how the fuck you feel like you’ve done what you’ve said you done, and niggas know that for real?” Ain’t no nigga ever question that about me. And I understand that, because all I have is the streets. It might sound ignorant to a certain degree, but, really, that’s all I know. And it brought me this far, so how you turn your back to that?… I didn’t never want to do something that was outside of me, ’cause then I would feel uncomfortable.

jeezyusda2.jpgHave you ever done anything that felt “outside of you”?
I do good music. I do good records. So at the end of the day, that’s what I do. If it’s over somebody’s head, it could be, but somebody’s getting it, ’cause the units is moving. When I’m in the booth, I’m giving you me—pain, struggle, the hustle, life—what really happened in my life. And I’m quite sure there’s a lot of people that went through what I went through, in certain degrees.

There’s a lot of people who didn’t make it. A lot of people who’s locked up, fucked up. I think about that all the time. You wonder how you slipped through the cracks. You on now, and niggas who really doing what you did, they love you. So how you gonna bring them up to this point and thug motivate them and give them the inspiration—then all the sudden you went pop? Like, why the fuck would you do that? That’s like a slap in the face.

Even if it brings you more success? Financially?
I love money, but this ain’t for the money… You want to be successful. And I do. But I still wanna be me. I still wanna walk the streets of Atlanta by myself, like I do… Niggas be trippin’ that I be in the hood. My management and friends and family always tell me to kinda stay out the spots I be in. But that’s the only place I feel like me. When I’m there, I’m in my world.

But there are haters out there.
They’ll be all right. The haters will be all right.

But will you be all right? Because people do dumb shit sometimes.
Me too. I do dumb shit, too, though. Don’t even think about it, baby. We cut from the same cloth. We do dumb shit together.

——- Read the rest of our Young Jeezy & USDA feature in XXL’s June 2007 issue (#92)
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  • New City

    100->jeezy aiite…usda wont be much better..1st

  • http://xxl q-buro

    yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://cameuprecords.com Firre

    First fuckaz! Get money Jeezy…

  • k keith

    Niggas be trippin’ that I be in the hood

    #1 by far

  • wiso

    Dirty SOuth….” we cut from the same cloth, we do dumb shit together”…thats some real G SHit HOMie!!! Fuck them HAtaz

  • meenstreek

    Young Jeezy is garbage.

  • dduubbzz

    Cheezy doin his thing…

  • jeez-he-sux

    GEEEZ-HE -SUX
    HIS FLOW IS SO WEAK IT COULD GIVE A FLOWER RE-SOFTENATION…….SHIT
    ‘IN PLAIN OL ENGLISH
    HE SUX
    AND TO IMAGINE SLEEZEY vs NAS?
    its murderrrrrrrrr
    JEEEZEY SUX
    HES POPULKAR= HIP HOP IS DEAD
    THANX NAS

  • Danny

    That fat nigga in the back right of Jeezy looks like he could tear that peice of meat the fuck up!!! lol

  • HollyHood

    He ain’t the best rap, he ain’t the best lyricist, but he’s real and that’s y nigga fuck wit him(and his beats) don’t hate real recognize real

  • Da Bakerman

    Keep the streets 1 priority. Much luv but you should of put out that “Im an tear dat pussy up” I still jamm dat bitch! Geeh!

  • 4 WARD!!!!!!

    Get Em Jeezy!!!!

    Yeah 4th Ward Downtown ATL in the building!!!!
    Boulevard, Parkway, North Ave., Auburn Ave., Jackson St., Irwin St., Edgewood, Overlook, Racine St.

    We gettin money ova here! Please dont confuse with that other 4 (zone 4) Them bois on the westside, we downtown. 4 Ward and Zone 4 are two different hoods

  • Jayslay

    Hey “Danny” that big fucker looks like the mentally disabled assistant of 3-6 mafia. i know you seen the show.

  • G-Unit Soldier

    that punk chump aint no where near nas..psss what a fuckin joke

  • jeez-he-sux

    He ain’t the best rap, he ain’t the best lyricist, but he’s real and that’s y nigga fuck wit him(and his beats) don’t hate real recognize real

    I agree real recognize real wack rappers with no skills watsoever

  • DothanTrapper

    Jeezy is the inspiration for everyone to better themselves through telling his downfalls to make you think about your own and want more. Lets Get My Niggaz(it’s out there)

  • diazizback

    this man does not know how to rap at all. if he was around in the 90′s he would be a joke. SAIGON BITCHES

  • runninthe617

    jeezy the truth nuff said fuck all you haters

  • G.E 17 st.

    jeezy i aint gonna judge cuz i dont know you period.but i think any mothafucka who sells millions of records an still wants to stick around n tha hood an brag about being real,is not real tell you why cause in my eyes every man goes through shit dawg im 20 an ive seen an done shit i never thought i would cuz my momma taught me better than that but aye no one said life would be easy right?but my point is dawg you a mulitiplatnium rapper homey i understand you went thru shit you did your bid an all that. good but a real man a hussla a gangsta w/e tha fuck you wanna call it always remains humble an to himself.i just dont see that in you.i feel like you like bragin bout shit in tha hood an shit. good sell records but remeber muthafuckaz like me are still strugglin an we dont respect that shit….on anotha note tho proud of what your buildin an staying a live an enjoying life is whats it about…keep it gangsta,from cali….

  • Smitty Pt3

    fuck young jeezy, you wanna know whos tha truth? ME, smitty pt3, fuck everyone else

  • Cuban Link

    i gotta say, that new song Dreamin, im really feeling.Now I understand why people like Jeezy.But, because of what he said about NaS, I can never respect him, but I like him more now.

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    man go to myspace and listen to the deadly combination remix with pac and big, and if ur a rapper u can download the beat and spit alongside the greatest…Zee

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  • Dade County 305

    Y U NIGGAZ ALWAYS HATIN ON HOW JEEZY SPIT??? THE SPIT THAT REAL D BOY STREET SHIT!!! THAT NIGGA AINT TRIPPIN ABOUT WHAT U NIGGAZ HATIN. THAT NIGGA GETTIN BREAD. LAMES DONT UNDERSTAND THIS REAL STREET SHIT. JEEZY KEEP REPPIN THAT HOOD SHIT AND THE DIRTY SOUTH. ALL U NIGGAZ WANNA SPIT LIKE RAKIM GO HEAD. THAT NIGGA TELL REAL HOOD SHIT AND THATS WHAT WE REAL HOOD NIGGAZ LIKE. U RAP NIGGAZ MAD BCUZ THESE DOPE BOYZ GOT THE RAP GAME ON LOCK. REAL KNOW REAL AND THATS Y JEEZY HASNT FLOPPED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dr Flav

    “miss me with that he cant rap shit…” Snowman USDA’s the click! Y’all haters will be all right. He moving them units, who say the hood dont buy cds, tell your favorite rapper to step his hustle game up. Damn four blunts of Kush, THAT NIGGA WAS HIIIIIGH!

  • http://msn redrum

    ladys and gentleman we have a hater- damn, didnt you pay attention t the article?

  • ddd
  • north cak #1

    u.s.d.a. tha click dont hate

  • http://www.xxlmag.com J Dawson Form North F.L.A.

    Bloodraw I See Ya Home Boy,It’s Been A Long Time Comming…Fuck The Haters,Do You.

  • i’ll shit bag u

    jeezys da shit 1 u bitches

  • Bonafide

    But, because of what he said about NaS, I can never respect him

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Co-sign 100 percent Jeezy aint no damn body to be callin out nas the same way wayne aint nobody to call out Jay

  • Bonafide

    But, because of what he said about NaS, I can never respect him

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Co-sign 100 percent Jeezy aint no damn body to be callin out nas the same way wayne aint nobody to call out Jay

  • 8732

    jeezy that outfit is off the meter
    when is that coming out

  • beeyo

    Uhhhh fuck what he said about Nas. Nas is always sayin some off the wall shit, and besides I hesrd they kiss and made up already.

    To all you fuck Jeezy people- we know what Jeezy does. What would you rather him do? Spit some mathematical sabbatical botanical radical every word rhyme shit? If thas what you want, then keep listenin to MC Backpackstrap, or whoever the fuck. For someone who wasn’t rappin they whole life and doesn’t give a fuck about wordplay or lyricism, Jeezy is aight. Dude be goin in. So please STFU with that Hip Hop Is Dead shit, cuz death is on the toungue. Talk about it enough….

  • dro

    I got 100′s on the table 20′s on the floor / fresh outta work they on the way with some more and I love it.

    GO JEEZY!

    fuck the haters, Jeezy still gonna do numbers!

  • K-OH NO!!

    he is wack and suck dick fag ass homo dont say shit bu YEAHH and that gay ass laugh

  • Ice Gotti

    Jeezy doin it up, so fuck yall niggaz out there talkin that fuck shit. Yall niggaz just mad yall favorite rappers ain’t poppin. Keep it movin Jeezy.

  • Dade County 305

    SUM OF U DUCK AZZ NIGGAZ SOUND LIKE HOES. TALKIN BOUT YALL CANT RESPECT HIM BCUZ WHAT HE SAID ABOUT NAS. NAS AINT NO FUCKIN KING AND LIKE 50 SAID THIS NIGGAZ NAS SUPPOSED TO BE SO FUCKIN SMART, WHY HAVENT HE GOT HIS CAMP RITE. BRAVE HEARTS R BOOBOO!!! NAS ALWAYS TALK SHIT ABOUT NIGGAZ. HIP HOP AINT DEAD IT LIVES IN THE SOUTH. USDA THE CLICK AND BLOOD RAW KEEP REPPIN THE FLA. SLICK PULLA THE VOICE BOX, KEEP BRING THAT D BOY SHIT MY NIGGA!!!

  • I Know Rap

    lmao i love how ppl say they’re in tha hood but they got the internet.

  • Bigz Lury

    If one muthafuckn thing is true, its that Jeezy, TI, & Lil wayne are holdn the torches right now for southern hip hop. And as far as any nigga should be concernd is that while them niggaz is risen by the second otha muthafuccaz iz fallen by the minute. Ok maby Nas is right chea there is somethin deffinently wrong with Hip Hop (no soul). But it aint all that bad to say hip hop is dead?!. no instead it would be fuckin wise to grow some nuts and say “r-ight niggaz need help realizing the art of hip hop and what was it like those”. and with that you cant even forget how pissed the south was because the East and the west was taking all the glory for music. Chea some of the southern shit is corny but then again its just there way of expressing hip hop (and there struggles). Plus you also gotta remember that every day is a new fuckin day. Kidz digg wheren tight pants and tight shirts and lookin like lil rockstars. in these days kidz are also luving the clubs and parties and dances. And not one artist is stupid enough to put out somethin that they know not goin to sell because they just not that stupid. Na instead their goin to go with the vibe and make that fuckin money (make shit thats hot right now). Eventually hip hop in the south will die down and who knows maby Reggae will be the next big shit but until then Jeezy is in no wrong with saying what he said to nas’s quote. Fuck it Jeezy’s hot and the way shit looks right now U.S.D.A will be as well so sit the fuck back and be easy about it because the south is deep in the inferno> CHEA CUZZ

  • Bigz Lury

    If one muthafuckn thing is true, its that Jeezy, TI, & Lil wayne are holdn the torches right now for southern hip hop. And as far as any nigga should be concernd is that while them niggaz is risen by the second otha muthafuccaz iz fallen by the minute. Ok maby Nas is right chea there is somethin deffinently wrong with Hip Hop (no soul). But it aint all that bad to say hip hop is dead?!. no instead it would be fuckin wise to grow some nuts and say “r-ight niggaz need help realizing the art of hip hop and what was it like those days when hip hop was all about NY & CA”. and with that you cant even forget how pissed the south was because the East and the west was taking all the glory for music. Chea some of the southern shit is corny but then again its just there way of expressing hip hop (and there struggles). Plus you also gotta remember that every day is a new fuckin day. Kidz digg wheren tight pants and tight shirts and lookin like lil rockstars. in these days kidz are also luving the clubs and parties and dances. And not one artist is stupid enough to put out somethin that they know not goin to sell because they just not that stupid. Na instead their goin to go with the vibe and make that fuckin money (make shit thats hot right now). Eventually hip hop in the south will die down and who knows maby Reggae will be the next big shit but until then Jeezy is in no wrong with saying what he said to nas’s quote. Fuck it Jeezy’s hot and the way shit looks right now U.S.D.A will be as well so sit the fuck back and be easy about it because the south is deep in the inferno> CHEA CUZZ

  • georgia706

    jeezy straight but nigga forgot where he come from. Nope he aint from no atlanta he from augusta.Ga that is. if u think im just another lame azz person hatin……naw buddy.. nigga really is from aug,ga how i know his daddy is my history teacher at glenn hills high school. he aint no damn gangsta or dope boy cause eveerybody down here tryin to do dope or whateva dont have a goddamn clue what dey doin. nigga went to wheeless road elementary school wit sum of the directors at t-dubb band..he was a quiet fat boy that turned to be a rapper and made it. cause Augusta got talent they just dont get discovered only a few of em. WELL THERE U GO NOW U CAN ACCEPT THAT OR DEAL WIT IT CAUSE AINT NO DENYIN THE TRUTH.