By Dionne Buxton
Young Jeezy’s long-delayed album, TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition has been given a new release date, December 20 Def Jam announced on Thursday. The third chapter in Jeezy’s Thug Motivation series has been plagued with setbacks since 2009, but is now set to drop before the end of the year.
Good things come to those who wait, because fans will also be excited to know that the uncut version of “Hustlerz Ambittion,” a film based on the snowman’s journey from the streets of Atlanta to becoming one of hip-hop’s biggest artists of today will be included in the two-disc deluxe version of the CD/DVD. The film will also be narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Chris Robinson.
The rapper announced in July that that the album would be released on September 20, but that date was pushed back due to the Jeezy’s need to “live life.” He spoke with Jenny Boom Boom from Hot 93.7 in Connecticut to explain the reasoning behind the delays.
“I’ma keep it real. At the time, you know I had to go live life,” he said, “I was on two big tours, so I was just doing a lot of rapper things. I get my music from the streets and livin’, and I don’t live. I didn’t do Jeezy. I was doing Young Jeezy, the rapper, but I wasn’t doing Jeezy. So I went back home and kinda just got out and started moving around. It just all came together.”
He received some backlash in the public not fully understanding what was taken him so long to put out another album after his successful third album, The Recession. He spoke with XXL soon after his announcement to push back the date, and said he’d rather wait and make something real.
"I'm doin' what any n---a would do on his fourth album," Jeezy said. "I'm gettin' it together. I'm not just gon' give you anything, to be hot and relevant. That don't make sense. That's like telling a muthaf---er anything just to get it done. I'ma be straight up with you, so when you walk away, even if you ain't satisfied, I kept it real. I kept it 100. And that's the way I feel. I wouldn't even call it the top of my game. I'm just really figuring out the music sh--."