Jay “Young Jeezy” Jenkins, now known as “Jeezy,” seemingly helped pioneered the genre called “trap music.” However, political concepts laced his lyrics, which gave insight into life from his viewpoint. Via CNN, Young Jeezy was able to express his thoughts towards this country in a number of political topics.
If you’ve been following the news in recent months, you know the Black Lives Matter movement has seen its share of victories as well as its share of public rejection. In his CNN interview, Jeezy mentioned that — while black lives certainly matter to him — in his eyes, all lives matter. He notes that the plaguing issue is the one concerning the value of human life.
Jeezy grew up in a less-than-favorable neighborhood. Due to this misfortune, he was exposed to several realizations of the world that those outside of his environment wouldn’t necessarily understand. Young Jeezy mentions that there’s a thin line that separates who really cares about you and who’s out to harm you.
After the San Bernardino shooting happened, many people were claiming that the issue was gun possession. However, Jeezy — having grown up around guns all his life — says that guns aren’t the problem. It’s the people who own them, the ones who have emotional and mental issues and end up hurting others by acting out, not even considering or caring for the repercussions of their actions.
When Jay Jenkins came on the scene as Young Jeezy, through his 2005 solo album Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, he changed the music world as one of the pioneers of trap music — a genre that focuses on hood life. Specifically, Jeezy emphasized the hustle of drug life and survival. In such a case, the “Holy Ghost” rapper says that young people are “born entrepreneurs.”
While it may not be a reality to everyone, Young Jeezy’s experiences are part of everyday life to a lot of poverty-stricken households. People within that world can relate. Even people outside of that particular environment find themselves with a certain curiosity.
According to CNN, in 2008, “while the lyrics include lines about selling drugs to get by, Jeezy’s tone was reflective and hopeful, triumphant and real. Some of that hope was gone from Jeezy’s music seven years later.”
However, public opinion suggests that hope is very much a present thing. Actually, Jeezy’s songs have picked up, as far as positive vibes are concerned. In light of Jeezy’s new, 19-track studio album, Church in These Streets, Young Jeezy has become known as Pastor Young, as reports Vibe.
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Jeezy is attempting to help teens and other adults involved in hood life to wake up to the consequences of their actions. Young Jeezy has lived that life and doesn’t want to see more wasted youth incarcerated when it could’ve been prevented. In the CNN interview, Jeezy states the following.
“These younger cats, they do things, and they don’t think. And when they’re put in that situation, and they’re locked down — and away from their friends, family, and love ones — now, they’ve got all this time to think. You know, 10 or 20 years into a sentence — when you get out, and you’re 45 or 50 years old — everybody’s moved on. And you’re mad at the world. Now, you react, and you do something crazy…now, you’re sitting down for the rest of your life.”
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Also, as it pertains to reactions, Young Jeezy elaborates further.
“[Before social media] you would hear about these things on the news but it would be isolated. If it happened in Ferguson it might have made the St. Louis news and that would have probably been it but with social media it goes all over the world in a split second. [This generation] is able to get these movements started just over social media… That’s how you’re getting so many people to be in Ferguson overnight.”
Yet, with Jeezy’s explanation, it goes back to people reacting without regarding the end result. When the Ferguson riots were happening, several black residents of the area said that people were coming from outside of the city, just to “react” and be destructive.
According to Gateway Pundit, officers arrested 120 rioters, but only four were, actually, from Ferguson. As Jeezy mentioned, thinking is the sensible thing to do. What happens to their employ-ability when they have records? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Do you agree with Jeezy?
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