(Jeezy’s “Hustlerz Ambition” PT 1)
Young Jeezy’s latest album Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition was just about three years in the making, but for fans it was well worth the wait. Following a December 20 release, the LP debuted at number 3 on the Billboard charts selling 232, 938 units during its first week in stores. Jeezy’s fourth album was topped only by Adele and Michael Buble.
“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 about his album delay on a recent episode of “RapFix Live.” “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.
TM: 103 was accompanied by Jeezy’s documentary A Hustlerz Ambition, which gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at the Atlanta rapper’s music and personal life, with narration from Samuel L. Jackson and interviews with Diddy, T.I., Jay-Z and more.