Jeezy's looking out for the younguns
Jeezy has been in the game for a long time — he’s using his knowledge of the industry to keep young rappers from stumbling. In a new interview with Billboard, Jeezy revealed that he’s telling new rappers how to avoid pitfalls, including Kodak Black.
When asked what kind of advice he’s handing out, Jeezy said that he mostly just warns the rappers to keep their head on straight.
“I just kept it real: There’s a lot of things going on in the streets and if you wanna be here 10 years later, it has a lot to do with mind state. Whether they’re looking for you to be like, ‘Yo, let’s go smoke some weed or go f-ck some b-tches,’ I’m like, ‘Nah, n—–a. Look, y’all got some good things going on. I like the fact that y’all staying out of these cities right now until you’re able to go and get back, but you gotta really be serious about that because you’re one of us now.’”
Not So Smooth
Jeezy has taken a particular shine to Kodak Black, the hitmaker behind songs like “Tunnel Vision” and “There He Go.”
“I talk to Kodak Black every other day and that’s my advice to him; any advice he needs, because this is the streets. The music industry is the streets nowadays. So when getting out the streets and you get into the music industry, you gotta understand how that goes, too, because you can still suffer the same consequences. Now you’re a public person. People have the right to have an opinion, or they get the right to look at your past and say, ‘Yeah, he is a criminal.’
Behind every fortune there’s a crime, but at the end of the day, we’ve all cleaned up our acts. I just saw Kodak Black give his momma a car — that’s what it’s all about.”
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The news that Kodak is accepting mentorship from Jeezy is especially surprising given his public beef with Master P when that rapper and entrepreneur tried to give him advice. Black said that Percy asked for money for his advice and he took umbrage at the idea.
“I guess Master P thought I was a fool. I still f-ck with Master P the long way. But I ain’t no motherf-cking fool,” Kodak said in an Instagram rant. “I give my n-ggas whatever game I got, I give it to them for free. Ain’t charging ’em. I ain’t gon’ buy no game from no n-gga.”
Master P countered that all of this was made up. He said that he “never took a dime” from Kodak.
“I gave him advice. Whether he listened or not that’s on him,” Master P said. “I told him you got this attorney that’s a crook…The real Kodak story should be how much money have [Kodak’s entertainment lawyer] Theo Sedlmayr made off him.”
Check out the whole interview over at Billboard to hear Jeezy talk about his upcoming album and what it takes to be a savvy hip-hop businessman.
What do you think? Does Kodak’s acceptance of Jeezy’s mentorship make it easier to believe what he said about Master P? Did Jeezy just come at Kodak with advice on the right day? And are you happy to see him looking out for the next generation of street rappers? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.