Young Jeezy uncut: Jizzle talks Freddie Gibbs, album delays and a recent conversation with T.I.
In a phone interview with LC, the official motivator of thugs everywhere discussed what held up his album release, how his position in the rap game has changed, and why CTE World artist Freddie Gibbs has an element of DMX in him.
On Freddie Gibbs…
“We’re just focusing on getting Freddie Gibbs to where he needs to be. He’s one of the coldest cats in the game. I really don’t think nobody in the game is seein’ this kid, and that’s coming from me. And if he wasn’t signed to me, I’d be tryin’ to sign him. Believe that.
I see that he’s hungry. I see that he’s ambitious. I see that everything I went through, he’s been through it, and he’s to the point where in the studio, he’s not for play. I don’t know a lot of cats that can spit like he spits, but you can hear every word that he says. He’s cold. When you see a raw talent, everybody knows a raw talent. My momma would walk in a booth and be in the studio session and say ‘Yo, you need to sign this kid.’
With Freddie, it’s just all in him, he just wants to get it out, he wants to speak on it. When you heard DMX, you felt that rawness, you felt that hungriness, that’s why he kept barking like a dog ‘cause he felt like he was a dog. You feel that shxt. You can’t fake it. And that’s why I feel, when it comes to Freddie, like he want it, he want it. So I just want to let all them cats know, like everybody talking about they spitting hard, like I mean he’s comin’, that’s one thing about it, and from the looks of it he ain’t slowing down.”
On his long-delayed album, TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition and being a “slow grind cat”…
“I put a lot of time and thought into this album, but we as artists, some of us are still businessmen, and at the end of the day when the business isn’t right, when the situation isn’t right, you know I’m not gonna never do anything that jeopardizes my business or my brand, because I built this on my own. So it ain’t something that I look for in the label to understand.
At the end of the day, record deal or not, I want to be able to walk out here and hold my head up high in what it is I do, and live life. I just felt like a lot of changes happened – I’m not gonna make excuses about, because I make great records. A lot of people don’t understand the things that go on behind the scenes with the music business, not music as records but the music business, and I just felt like the moves that I made were the ones that I had to make to reassure that I was gonna be straight for my future.
I didn’t want to make a random decision just because of time, and we all know you can’t rush greatness, you can’t rush excellence sometimes, especially when you know what it is you’re supposed to be doing, because you’ve done it three times prior. I think it was just one of those things, it was a business decision I had to make. It could have cost me a lot, but hey, it came out, I did 233,000 the first week, it went gold in a month and that ain’t easy in these times and days for an artist of my caliber that has their ear to the streets. And we’re still going, still selling 20 or 30,000 a week now three months out, and that means something.
And by the way, I’ve always been a slow grind cat. I’m the type of cat that’ll start with $10 and hustle it up to 5 million, that’s where I came from, so I have no problem with being out here grinding this record out. Would I love to have sold a million in the first week? I tell you this: When they ask me do I ever want to sell 10 million records, I tell ‘em yeah, but I’d rather sell a million at a time. I would never want to come out and sell 10 million records at one time, ‘cause that’s a curse you don’t want.”
On personal and artistic growth, and a recent conversation with T.I.…
“I did grow up a little bit and I also realized my position in the game. When you’re grinding – I was talking to Tip the other day about this – like when you’re out here and you’re just grinding and you’re grinding, you don’t look around and look at your accomplishments because you’re on your grind, you’re just working. And when you come up for air and you see how people are like “Aww man.” And you see the other artists, it’s like “oh shxt” I’m the big homie now, like it aint easy to be four albums in in this game.
So it’s like now people are looking at you to lead the way, but I had to realize that, and that’s a lot of what came out in my music.”