Young Jeezy on Occupy Wall Street: “I Would Riot” [Video]
Yesterday (November 17) protestors celebrated the two-month anniversary of their Occupy Wall Street movement by marching on downtown New York City. Several thousand people participated in the event, which resulted in over 200 arrests and of course, clashes with the police.
On the eve of the release of his latest album, TM:103 'Hustlerz Ambition,' XXL sat down with Young Jeezy to find out his opinion on OWS and its supporters’ fight against inequality.
“I would riot,” Jeezy said, cosigning the 99% (as the protestors refer to themselves), "because we gotta get the money out of Washington. This is real. When you got middle class people taking a stance—because we always took a stance by the way, we always stood in the middle of our projects, our ghetto, and took our stance and our stance was hustling, robbing, what have you, to suvive. So now they don’t have those same options, so they gotta go march.” [Watch above]
The Trap Star likened OWS to the Black rights movement.
“We as a people marched millions of times before, whether it was the Million Black Man March or whether we marched with Martin Luther King, we marched or whether it was Malcom X, we marched. And now is their time to march. They gotta go stand up for what they believe in. Stand tall like a tree. If it takes getting jailed and pepper sprayed, if that what it takes to feed your kids then fuck it, let’s do it. You gotta understand there’s no way around not being able to feed your family. So if it’s gonna take some protests—motherfuckers have protested about less, unions and busses and shit—so now is the time. I think everybody should take their ass down there. That’s what I say.”
Young Jeezy’s new album is set to hit stores on December 20. Stay tuned to XXLMag.com next week for more from the Snowman. —XXL Staff