Last weekend in Atlanta, it felt like there were more rappers teaming up to do videos than were going to the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
DJ Khaled and Ace Hood shot a video for the "Let's Ride" remix in the same location and at the same time as Busta Rhymes started collecting cameos for his "Arab Money" clip. Later that night in the A, Jeezy rolled out the red carpet for friends such as Rick Ross, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Ice Cube, W.C., Busta Rhymes, Young Buck and Khaled on the set of "Who Dat."
"Shout to Jeezy," Khaled said after filming his guest spot. "I'm a big fan of Jeezy, and that's my brother. He's one of those big boys in the game. He's shooting a video today, and even if we wasn't in it, we would have came down just to support. We in his 'hood. We wanna show that support. We got in the video, and that's a blessing. Jeezy is on all my albums, and he always supports me. We make great music, and he's a real dude."
"He's like a brother from another mother," Buck said of Jeezy. "We go way back, from the streets to the raps. We keep our thing real solid. He does his thing, and I show up. I do my thing, and he shows up.... In the A, they know when they see Jeezy move, they see Buck around a lot. The way it was in the streets, we keep it the same way in the rap world."
"It was a big deal shootin' this video 'cause Fab came through, and we're already cool. ... Same thing with Busta; we were already cool," said Shawty Redd, the track's producer. "The biggest thing was seeing Ice Cube say my name on the track. I had wanted to meet him for a long time, so it was a moment I'll remember. It was a big thing for all the artists to come support and say my name in the video and support the movement with Jeezy.
"Man, after all these years of hard work, it's a great feeling to have all these major artists come out and appreciate the work I've been doin' in the game," he added.
Jeezy co-directed the video. Young said "Who Dat" definitely won't be the last clip we see from the heralded Recession LP.
" 'Crazy World' is next week," Jeezy said. "I'mma be real: I think I'mma shoot a video for every song on my album. I ain't got nothing to do. I'm bored. I'll just shoot a couple of videos."
The very next day, Jeezy came down to Ice Cube's video set for "I Got My Locs On," another clip shot in Atlanta.