Days before his New York City show on Monday (July 25), Young Jeezy hit up New York radio station Hot 97 and premiered his latest song, “Shake Life,” for listeners.
“New York City, this is what I been telling you about,” he said, adding that he will reveal to concert-goers at his show next week the release date of his long-awaited fourth solo album, Thug Motivation 103, . “[It's] sooner than you think,” he asserted.
The track samples Toto’s “Georgy Porgy” and finds Jeezy rhyming about enjoying life as he raps, “It’s gonna be alright/Keep them bottles coming, we gonna be here all night,” on the chorus in his staple raspy voice over the piano-laden production.
During his interview, Jeezy spoke to host Angie Martinez about the state of his career, confessing to feeling “stuck between a rock and hard place.”
“The streets is all I know,” he said. “I dropped out of middle school, but I made it here. That’s all I’m comfortable with and understand. Trying to be that and a superstar is not the same person. I got too many standards to live up to. When you a hood star is like, ‘why you doing that?’”
When asked about his beef with Rick Ross, Jeezy said things are at a standstill. “We can agree to disagree,” he said, “But if it’s a problem, I ain’t hard to find. I said what I said, I ain’t see no harm in that.”
He also took the opportunity to throw some heat at the oversized MC for being a former correctional officer, saying, “In my heart, I’m 100% real. You can’t pull out nothing in my past that can say I’m not 100% real. If you speak on it and that’s what you doing, just speaking on it, it’s entertainment. I’m not gonna argue with a grown man about me. That might put me in a box.”
“Can you coexist in the same place?” Martinez asked, to which YJ replied, “we’ll just have to see, honestly.”
On a lighter note, Jeezy also touched on his dating life, saying although he won’t settle down any time soon, he does hope to marry one day, and adding that R&B singer Kelly Rowland is his type. ”I’m Mr. Motivation,” he joked about hooking up with the “Motivation” singer. “We can work that thing out for a super remix.”
Jeezy will be celebrating the six-year anniversary of his debut album, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, this Monday in New York City at a secret location. —Mariel Concepcion