T.I. Blames Young Jeezy’s Album Pushbacks on Def Jam [Video]
T.I. appeared on The Breakfast Club show on New York radio station Power 105.1 this a.m. to promote his new book, Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets, but during the conversation he ended up speaking on his friend Young Jeezy’s situation.
T.I. is on Jeezy’s new single, “F.A.M.E.,” the latest offering from his long-awaited, even longer-delayed album, TM 103. Asked why he thinks Young has lost his buzz in the ATL, Tip put the blame on the trap star’s label. Def Jam Recordings.
“Jeezy trying to find a way to reinvent himself and still keep that key audience,” he said. “I think with Jeezy all he got to do—if he put out something that say ya’ll, ‘this is it’ then the town gon’ rock with him. He got the movement behind him. He just got to be servin them that ‘this is it.’ And it could be outta Jeezy’s hands a lil bit, it could be do to matters beyond Jeezy’s control. We don’t know what’s going on in that building. We don’t know if they missing opportunities. And then you gotta think about it. In that building, the executive staff, there’s been musical chairs. When he started this situation, certain people were in power, then those people were out of power, then you got somebody new you never worked with before, so you don’t know how this affected his circumstances.”
Yesterday (October 19), YJ announced the latest release date for TM 103: December 20. The rapper is set to hop on a conference call today to speak on the LP. Stay tuned to XXLMag.com for more updates on TM 103. —Elan Mancini