By Rob Markman
TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition is shaping up to be a star-studded affair. Aside from tracks featuring Plies, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, Jay-Z and Andre 3000, on Thursday (December 1) a new Eminem-assisted song leaked, making Young Jeezy’s LP that much more anticipated. On “Talk to Me” the Snowman employs a slow flow to express his frustration with the critics who counted him out. “And even after all these years it’s still stormin’/ You could’ve told him it’ll be like this, you could’ve warned him,” Jeezy spits, closing his first verse and leading into an Eminem hook.
Slim Shady then sings, “Somebody better explain why my ears are ringing so loud/ If someone’s got something to say, grow some balls and say it to my face,” on the song’s chorus.
Marshall doesn’t add any verses, but the collaboration works. Instead it’s CTE’s Freddie Gibbs who closes out the song with the final 16 bars.
The third installment of Jeezy’s Thug Motivation has been in the making for about three years. During Wednesday’s episode of “RapFix Live” the Snowman addressed the delays. “I ain’t the one for making excuses. I was always taught as a youngin by the OGs that you can’t take your problems and make them somebody else’s if you promised them something,” Jeezy said. “I went through a lot of trials and tribs and different things, but I gotta take that and endure that.”
Jeezy didn’t clarify what those problems were, but he told MTV News’ Sway Calloway that he had some real distractions that could’ve cost him everything. Still, the Snowman made no excuses — after all, he considers himself a mascot for the streets and one of the hood’s chief motivators.
“I was dedicated every day. I put out a few mixtapes because I wanted them to know that I wasn’t being lax, or I wasn’t comfortable,” he said. “The Real is Back 1 and 2, Trap or Die 2: By Any Means Necessary, The Last Laugh, all of that was an effort to show them that I’m really working, and I was working on the album as well.”
In addition to all the free music he delivered his fans since 2008’s Recession, Jeezy also joined Lil Wayne on his America’s Most Wanted Tour and Jay-Z on his Blueprint 3 Tour.
Ultimately, the “Put On” rapper just wanted to make TM 103 a quality album. “I just wanted to deliver something that was worth the wait, and that’s what I feel like I’ve done,” he said.
It might have taken a few years to finish the album, but Young Jeezy said that doesn’t matter. “I feel like it wasn’t time. I felt like I was being rushed, and one thing I was taught is you don’t rush greatness,” he said. “I don’t care about no radio or no label or no date or no deadlines or no quotas — this is for my people.”
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