reason they just seem to work out, you
feel me. You can’t keep a good man down.
Earlier you spoke on this, but I want you to
go more into detail, as an MC what’s the
most important thing that’s associated with
your craft? Why do you continue to do it;
why’s important for you to be an MC?
I do it because I think this is the only
thing—I feel like I was—I don’t even want
to say blessed; I think that’s the wrong
word. On this earth, I don’t think that
there’s any other thing I was put here to
do. Because, I wouldn’t have gone through
all the trails, and all the things that I have
lost to get here, to understand, that I have
a position of power now, and I got to play
that. A lot of cats might just say things to
rhyme; but, you best know that every word
I spit, I put some thought into it. Whatever
phrase, whatever syllable it was, I have put
some type of thought into it. Your words can
affect anybody; so, I’m not going to say a
bunch of bullshit to get no money. That ain’t
me. As far as an MC is concerned, I just feel
I was chosen by my people to lead. I’m a
born leader. When I was on the block I was
a born leader. When the older cats came
to me and asked me for advice, I always
had something to tell them. It was always
based on something that was logical. I feel
like that’s the position I’m in now. There’s
a lot of crazy things going on in the world
and I happen to be one of the people who
taking us [ The United States] all the way under. We
as Americans like power and we as Americans like
to handle our business. With that being said, I think
that a lot of people got a new respect for him with
his efforts as far as [coordinating] the mission that
[killed] Osama bin Laden. President Obama went
and got somebody like, bin Laden. We’ve been
looking for him for years, because he did something
to us. You know how we go, retaliation is a must.
So, as far as the people are concerned, I’m going
to go back to that Wal-Mart analogy. If you’ve got
employees and they believe in your cause, and you
pay them right then they’ll be down. So, I think that
once the money comes back around, he’ll be great.
At this point it’s a money thing. You can believe in
somebody, but if they aren’t helping you get any
I can listen to the old Cash Money,
or the first Snoop album, or the Me
Against the World, Pac album, or
the All Eyez on Me, or the Makaveli
[The Don Killuminati: The Seven Day
Theory], or the Ready to Die; because, I understand what they was
going through at that point in time.
To be honest with you, and I know that this
is crazy, but I’m going to put it in layman’s
terms. It’s like going to be a manager at a
Wal-Mart [when] it’s already on its first
bankruptcy, and you’re trying to bring it
back. I feel like he did a lot in his power
to help. Looking at the circumstances,
it wasn’t really a win/win for him in the
first place. But, I appreciate that he’s
tried everything that he can possibly try
without making himself look crazy, and
paper—it’s a money thing! It’s like being in the hood.
The big homie that runs the ‘hood will have all the
respect in the world when he’s feeding everybody.
He makes sure everything is straight, and that
everybody is eating, and when you go to jail he’ll get
you out, all those types of things that matter to us.
I just think that right now if [President Obama] can
get the financial situation straight, I think that he’ll
probably be one of the best who ever done it.
In the past, you’ve described your childhood as
“empty.” In what ways are you working to reinforce
your relationship with your son? And what are some
things that you want him to learn from you?
First of all, he should learn that he don’t have to do
nothing I did; that’s why I done it. You know what
I mean, it was all really for him. At the end of the
day, when we talk I let him know that you’ll have
to think of some way, because that ain’t for you.
As far as I’m concerned, I try to be straight-up.
I’m always gonna be his father, but I want him
to come talk to me like he does with his friends.
understand it, and I’m able to articulate it.
So, that’s how I feel. I’m Jeezy every day; it’s
nothing. I don’t turn it on and turn it off for
magazine articles, or videos, or whatever.
I mean, that’s just me. Sometimes I can be
an asshole, or sometimes I can just be the
best nigga that you ever met.
Right now, you got me smiling. Recently,
it’s been reported that President Obama’s
approval rating has plummeted. What are
your thoughts of his time in office in respect
to the situations he’s inherited, the different
circumstances that he’s encountered, and
on which issues would you like for him to
focus more of his concern?
Murder Dog would like to thank Gabriel Tesori-ero for making the Young Jeezy feature possible.
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