By Tamara Palmer
In the new 14-plus minute video for his single “.38” (from Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition) Young Jeezy busies himself with the sort of activities that you would expect from a “Trap Star.” The clip, rendered in black and white, finds the Atlanta rapper as the star of a narrative that includes plenty of violence and betrayal. Scenes jump from the studio, to the streets and into a drug den, and although the mini-movie is fictional, it’s also intended to be semi-autobiographical.
After a bumpy road marked by plenty of delays, Young Jeezy’s fourth solo album,Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition—also his first in three years—is finally scheduled for release on December 20. MTV News attended Jeezy’s listening party at New York City’s Quad Studios on December 3, where he previewed an album heavy on features and full of lessons that he’s picked up in the trap game.
The Snowman offered up a batch of new songs that include “Trapped,” (produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, featuring singer Jill Scott), the Warren G-produced “Leave You Alone,” “Smoke and F-ck” (with Devin The Dude and Snoop Dogg) and “OJ,” a drug tale assisted by Jadakiss and Fabolous.
One of the album’s standout cuts is the single “I Do,” with a rare appearance from Andre 3000 and a verse from Jay-Z (complete with lines dedicated to his expecting wife Beyoncé). Previously released songs such as “F.A.M.E.” (with T.I.), “Ballin’” (featuring Lil Wayne), and “Lose My Mind” (a collaboration with Plies) are also a part of the album’s final tracklisting.