A really great friend of mine only listens to Galaxie 500 and Stereolab. That's it. Ok, I guess I'm exaggerating a little but I'm trying to make a point here. She recently, however, had an epiphany and decided that this would be the year she broadened her horizons and start listening to as much new and different music as she can. She asked me to help on her quest. While browsing through her iRiver (she's also very retro), I started suggesting some bands in the same ilk of the two mentioned earlier, thinking that she'd be more open to something a little more familiar. I then found that she had some Kanye West in her collection which stumped me so I asked her about it.
"I never really listen to him but I LOVE this song..."
She proceeds to put on the remix to "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and rap Young Jeezy's verse word for word. She even did her best to sound like him when her favourite line popped up - "...if I had a billlllyen daaaaahhlers...YEEEEAAAHHH".
My mind exploded. I was still picking up the pieces when she asked that I recommend some more Young Jeezy to check out as she digs his voice and he heard his name mentioned on an episode of 30 Rock. Apparently, Tina Fey = seal of approval.
Jeezy's perhaps one of the most prolific and recognizable in the game. When talking about the South, I have to mention him in the same breath as Weezy and T.I. Deemed as a "crack rap" artist when he dropped Thug Motivation 101, he's grown and The Recession is a testament to this. That gulliness is still there but with it there's a sense of, dare I say, "consciousness" amid the big beats, big rhymes and big hooks. "Circulate" is evidence of all of the above.
Young Jeezy - Circulate
Also, here's a little bonus from the Thug Motivation 101 era. What better way to make a first impression than to hold your own against Jay-Z.
Young Jeezy Featuring Jay-Z and Fat Joe - Go Crazy (Remix)
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