It’s literally “so much white it’ll hurt your eyes” outside in DC currently. Roughly 20 inches of snow is covering the nation’s capital, which means I have more than enough time to kill until I head home to celebrate Christmas with my family. As we all know, Jeezy’s been on a mini-tear as of late remixing some of the bigger records on the charts. The Snowman has always been personal favorite of mine, even back when people swore on their unopened copy of Illmatic he was “killing” the genre. With that in mind, I did some diggin’ through my e-crates in search of old records I hadn’t heard in awhile. A pleasant surprise presented itself when I re-discovered Jeezy’s rendition of one of my favorite Just Blaze creations, “Dear Summer.”
With the assistance of this relaxing, somber and addictive instrumental, Mr. 17.5 reflected on his successes, both in the rap game and in the dope game. Jeezy’s true involvement in the street pharmaceutical industry will never fully be known, but fact is he was there enough to craft believable stories in his rhymes. And I, for one, won’t question him.
“Still I ride big boy coupes through traffic
Can get 20 years for what I got in this plastic
And it don’t stop there look at my passenger seat
Can get another 10 just for packin’ the heat (DAMNN!!)
Cause nowadays man these niggas’ll kill ya
Think you hard like concrete, these niggas’ll drill ya
It ain’t a crime until you get caught
Just thought I’d take a minute to bless you with my thoughts…”
The entire record is an entertaining, yet critical look into the mind of a d-boy who, at the time, was still making the transition from the streets to the limelight. So as the world waits patiently for Thug Motivation 103, Jeezy’s body of work provides more than enough entertainment until his latest look at how he balances the trappings of a former life and immense popularity hits shelves.
Download — Young Jeezy – “A-Town Summer”
Bonus: Jeezy’s collab with Lil’ Flip was also an underrated (and generally unheard of) cut from the industry’s favorite trapper.
Wale – Stronger
Gucci Mane Feat. Pharell – Have It All
Gucci Mane Feat. Keyshia Cole – Bad Bad Bad
Jamie Foxx Feat. Tank – Marching On (Prod. by The Underdogs)
Ginuwine – Next Door
Strong Arm Steady Feat. Mitchy Slick – Two Pistols (Prod. by Madlib)
Crooked I Feat. Raekwon, EDI & ConiYac – That’s My Word (Unreleased)
IYAZ Feat. Sean Kingston, Nipsey Hussle, Rock City & Bizzy Bone – Replay (Remix)
Obie Trice – Da Streets
Cam’ron Feat. Vado – Ooh Baby