Jeezy recalls that TI convinced him to stop blabbering | HipHopDX

Jeez is one of Hip Hop’s kingpins when it comes to coke rapbut if it wasn’t for YOUhe may never have left the streets to pursue music full time.

During his latest Drink Champs interviewrecalled the Snowman that Tip pulled him aside at Atlanta’s famed Patchwerk Studios one day and urged him to stop hustling and instead focus his efforts on his burgeoning rap career.

“I am working on Thug motivation, TI comes to the studio. I’m doing my thug thing, I probably got about 2.5 in the booth sitting with me,” he recalled. “I’ll never forget him looking in and saying, ‘Yo, let me screw with you for a second.’

“So we went to the bathroom. You know how Tip is, he’s looking under the stalls and everything like it’s G14-rated. And he’s like, ‘Yo, you know you can’t do both, right? … You is talented, you’re going to blow at some point. If you keep doing what you’re doing, I don’t know how it’s going to work out for you.”

Jeezy continued, “I looked at him and said, ‘Well, shit. Don’t you do both? ‘Cause you the rubber band man.’ He says, ‘Damn it! I left that alone a long time ago.’ For me it was a real wake-up call.”

TI’s words of wisdom came at just the right time for Jeezy, who saw his friends and associates get caught up in federal drug charges. Fortunately, Tip’s advice stuck with the CTE World rapper and helped him navigate the “dark time.”

“I remember shortly after that I had a lot of nightmares about, you know, trying to make it and this last thing and then I got caught,” he said. “I lost a lot of weight at the time Thug motivation by coming out, everyone I hung out with started getting indicted and in jail.

“It was a really dark time. I drink, I smoke, my mind is not clear, so I have a lot of mistakes. And I just remember TI’s voice in my head saying that.”

Soon after, Jeezy made the decision to leave the drug game for good, even if it meant leaving money on the table and facing ridicule from his friends.

“I remember I had these two Nextel Chirps — the phones — and I rolled down the street one day and just threw them out the window and I was done,” he recalled. “When I saw people on the street, they were like, ‘Yo, I owe you money!’ I say, ‘Nah, you don’t owe me anything. Keep it, live your life, I’ll do this.’

“It was so funny to people that I really tried to be a rapper. You wouldn’t know how many girlfriends laughed at me. I’ll never forget when I got the first deal and when ‘Dem Boyz’ came on the radio , it was God, man. . . . The moment that everybody started to get their act together was when I started blowing up. I was like, ‘Damn, I’m supposed to be here.'”

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Jeezy didn’t completely leave the streets, though, as his drug past shaped early albums like Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 and Thug Motivation 102: The Inspirationwhich cemented him as a mainstream star.

“I’m not a carpenter, I’m not a mechanic, I’m not a roofer; I can’t tell you about those things, but I’m a hustler and I’m from the streets,” Jeezy said of his lyrical content. “For me, it was my truth. It was about survival for me. It was all I really knew.”

TI has been more than just a big homie in Jeezy’s career. The Atlanta natives have formed a close collaboration over the years, teaming up on trap anthems like “FAME,” “G Shit” and “Bang.”

There was even talk of the duo recording one joint album called Dope Boy Academy in the 2010s, but they struggled to get the project off the ground.

“Me and him threw a few things back and forth. He was talking about an album, I was talking about a movie, and we’ve just been going back and forth about it ever since,” Jeezy shared Billboard in 2017. “He wants to do an album and I want to do a movie. So if we can do a movie with a soundtrack, I think we’re good. [Laughs]

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