Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy has officially changed the game by announcing his retirement of the “Young” from his rap name and said he is going by a new alias.
According to Jeezy, his move to get rid of “Young” came from him wanting to show growth.
“Oh, no, no, no, it’s Jeezy now,” Jeezy said when referenced as ‘Young Jeezy’ during an interview. “I’m grown now. I did enough of that. It sounds good because when I came into the game, that’s what I was and that was my state of mind. But I’m a grown man now. Jeezy. It’s all good. We got a little older now.” (RapFix)
Back in April 2010, Jeezy said he would always have “Young” attached to his name.
Speaking of Young, he said he’s going to remain just that, refuting online reports that he dropped the first word of his moniker. “Nah. I’m ‘Young,’ man,” he declared. “I’mma stay Young till I ain’t Young no more. I don’t know why they trying to make me old. But this is ‘Young Jizzle from the bottom of the map.’ This is the name they gave me. I gotta rock till it’s over with.” Young said his album Thug Motivation 103 is now slated for July. Meanwhile, Jeezy’s Trap or Die 2: By Any Means Necessary mixtape is coming soon. (MTV)
Speaking with hip-hop reporter Shaheem Reid at a Fat Joe video shoot earlier in the month, the rapper reportedly said he still went by his original alias.
“@djrtodaizza Sean and LV are two of my favs. They need to get more credit for being OGs and just 4 being dope (“Roc Boys” horns blasting)! At the Joey Crack/Jeezy video shoot. All black everything! Don’t get it confused. Jeezy just told me he’s still “Young Jeezy.” @LamonteBall looking real “nice” up in there.” (Shaheem Reid’s Twitter)
Reports a month prior suggested he changed his rap alias.
First Diddy dropped the P. from his name, then Bow Wow grew out of his Lil status, and now Jeezy has decided he no longer wants to be Young. Jay Jenkins’ name change graces the cover art for “Lose My Mind,” the street single from his forthcoming album Thug Motivation 103. The moniker first appeared on the credits for Rihanna’s “Hard,” but it’s now official. So Jeezy it is. (Rap-Up)
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