During a recent Drink Champs interview, Jeezy talks about how he was influenced by Tip to focus on his music career instead of dealing.
Recently, Jeezy has been thinking a lot about the past.
Jeezy had been dealing cocaine since he was 11. He openly worked with the Black Mafia Family and even regularly showed up in their promotion videos. However, he did not sign with their label. Instead, he went with Def Jam. BMF’s co-founder, Big Meech, does not seem too fussed about this in retrospect.
How Jeezy left the drug game
While Jeezy was working on his major label debut, “Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101”, he was pulled aside by Tip to the bathroom. Tip did not want the conversation to be overheard. Jeezy was told to just focus on his music career. Tip told him that he can’t do both. He can’t deal drugs and make music. Things will not end up well if he continues down this trend.
Jeezy knows that Tip was also a drug dealer and asked about that. Tip told him that he had already quit that line of work a long time ago.
Tip did not need a wake-up call. In 1999, when he got his chance to escape the dealer lifestyle, he immediately took it. He only dealt drugs as a necessity. When his music career took off, he never looked back. He then used his time on the streets to invent trap music as we know it.
Jeezy took the advice to heart, much to the ridicule of his friends, since it is hard to get a successful music career. However, he got the last laugh when his music played on the radio.
Jeezy uses that time of his life for musical influence. He raps about what he knows and hustling is all that he knows.
Written by Justin Acosta