ATLANTA — Another year, another locker room victory celebration for Young Jeezy. The Snowman stole the show again at the concert he gets most amped up for, Atlanta radio station Hot 107.9's Birthday Bash. In 2008, Young Jeezy brought out Kanye West, The-Dream and Usher. On Saturday, the Snowman did it again, with surprise guests Lil Wayne and Mary J. Blige.
"Mr. Birthday Bash. I said it, I meant it. It's mine," Jeezy told MTV News backstage at the Philips Arena. "The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige. Thank you, baby, for coming through. Me and Mary were at the crib, chopping up some Patrón shots. Then we came through the bash, blew it up. Mary is real big for my career. I was listening to her when I was coming up. For her to come up and bless me for my city, it meant everything for me."
Mary didn't actually perform onstage with Young at the concert, but she did give him a major cosign, dropping several accolades. Weezy got on the mic for "Always Strapped" and "Every Girl." Wayne came all the way from Cali to support his friend. Everyone knows how important impressing the hometown crowd is for Young. He can't come to the Birthday Bash stage with a regular show.
"I did it so many years. Everybody knows my music and everybody knows me," Young said. "So it's about bringing something else to it. I brought Jay-Z one year, Kanye one year, Usher. The list goes on. I am Mr. Birthday Bash, I take that charge."
And no, Jeezy says he doesn't give his special guests too much of a heads-up — at least he didn't this year.
"This is the day before yesterday," he smiled. " 'What y'all doing? Come on.' In this business it's about relationships and who you deal with. I really know these people. I come through in the clutch for them and they do the same. Like, me and Wayne about to go on tour, the whole family will be out."
Young Jeezy and Wayne will be featured on the Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted Music Festival, which kicks off July 27 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.