Cornerstone Credentials: Young Jeezy
A blizzard in the spring? You already know — the Snowman is back in town.
Young Jeezy's Trap or Die 2: By Any Means Necessary is spreading all over. The tape came out Tuesday, and the streets are definitely talking.
Jeezy said his mission, like on the original, is to touch souls and tell his story.
"The biggest difference between this and the classic Trap or Die, there's a lot of people here during Trap or Die 1," Jeezy said. "Unfortunately, a lot of them are dead or in jail. It's was a whole different time. Everybody was rich. It ain't like that no more. I felt I had to feed the streets. Everybody is on their way back up, trying to get their money right. Get their situation right. We just come out the recession. I wanted to give them something to ride to. You gonna have your music for the clubs, but I wanted to give them something that touches them [in their heart]."
"I know a lot of cats are trippin' off the cover," Young said. "I tell 'em like this: You had Martin Luther King, you had Malcolm X. One thing I respected about Malcolm X is that he believed in what he believed in. He died believing in it. That's how I am. I would never compare myself to the great Malcolm, but I will die believing in what I believe in."
By Any Means Necessary is hosted by Don Cannon, who also produced on the tape.
"The original idea of Trap or Die 2 was something DJ Drama was supposed to do," Cannon explained. "As days went by, [Jeezy] felt it was something that had to be done fast, because we was on a campaign. I didn't have anything to do with the decision of the tape being with a DJ or without a DJ. But I really decided I would be there for [Young] if he wanted to put Trap or Die 2 out."