ATLANTA — With unmistakable resolution in his voice, yet without the slightest trace of arrogance, multiplatinum rap impresario Young Jeezy proclaimed to the overflowing crowd in the Loudermilk Conference Center, in his signature baritone, that he is the “Father of Trap Music.”
Speaking with former Huffington Post commentator and BET social critic Marc Lamont Hill, Jeezy touched upon a multiplicity of topics during the one-hour chat, including his new album, Church in These Streets, the concept behind the rapper’s new single, “GOD,” the Ferguson riots, police brutality and the #BlackLivesMovement that swept the county in a fury.
In discussing the album that comes out on the 10th anniversary of his entry into the business Jeezy said, “In a world where everyone is bringing us down as a culture, I want to uplift us because Gods don’t kill Gods, we just speak highly of each other.”
Hill broached the topic of Jeezy’s growth from street pharmacist to an artist to a businessman with more than 200 employees, the rapper also revealed his newfound sobriquet, Pastor Young, which took many in the audience aback.
Hill asked about why he and other hip hop stars traveled to Ferguson or were involved in some kind of way, while most entertainers avoided the city as if it were a coiled cobra. Jeezy kept it as real and raw as his music: “A lot of people just care about the money and that’s it. They’re more focused on selling themselves and selling records. They don’t care about the people.”
“The Father of Trap Music” was asked how he wanted to be remembered as an artist: “Remember me as a Black man that had a dream, fulfilled that dream, and stayed true to himself and what he believed in.”
Jeezy also said that, despite being reared to respect superstitions, such as never splitting a pole or allowing a black cat to cross his path, Jeezy said he was always the kind of person who believed he made his own way and his own luck. This one of the reasons why he is dropping his album Friday the 13th in November.