Southern rapper Jeezy has explained why he feels a great responsiblity to lead the way for fellow emcees.
, who is on the cover of the new April/May VIBE magazine, also discusses
the legacy left behind by late rappers Biggie Smalls
and Tupac Shakur.
""Pac and Big gone...They no more. Only thing you can hear is they voice, my n*gga, and you know what they voice telling me? You gotta keep it moving, man. F*ck the dumb sh*t...I'm four albums in. How
many albums Big have, two? He ain't make it that far. So I'm already
ahead of the game...I feel like the last Mohican dawg...I feel like the
last man standing. I done seen it, I done done it. I done smelt it...I
know what I am. But I know what I'm not about to become. I gotta stand
for something, man. Who better." (BET's Sound Off)
With his Thug Motivation 103 coming soon, Jeezy recently promised to take
over the summer music scene.
"But June, by the way," he said of the LP's release date. "That's what I'm thinking. If you the boss, you can talk like that. I'm thinking June. I wanna own the summer. If you coming out [with an album]
in June, you might wanna think about that, bruh. TM103, I will
be there...I'm just going in, basically handling my business. I gotta
say what's on my mind. But I'm not here to sell you on no album. Like I
said, June, you will be surprised, homie. That's real talk. I been
working on this. I been back in the lab...I got you." (MTV)
The solo project will be overseen by Def Jam South president DJ Khaled.
"I make great , I'm passionate, and I'm aware," Khaled explained about himself. "It's about making great music. And I'm working on Jeezy's new album called Thug
Motivation 103. We got Ludacris coming out with Battle
of the Sexes, and Juelz Santana is coming. 2010,
Def Jam takeover, baby!" (All Hip Hop)
According to Jeezy, he has also put in work with producer Swizz Beatz.
"Oh man, sooner than later," Jeezy said about the album's release date last January. "I'm finishing up now, wrapping up now. I was just in the studio 15 minutes ago. Shout-outs to the homie Swizz
[Beatz]. [We're] doing some of everything. You know Swizz will keep you
up all night. [We did] like two and half [.]
Look for the album asap." ("Ed Lover Show")