Last night in New York City, Young Jeezy played host at the first screening for his new documentary A Hustlerz Ambition. Jeezy kept it brief with just a few words of thanks before letting the film speak for itself. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the hour and half long flick was really eye opening and filled in all the little details about Jeezy’s personal life and career. Seasoned director Chris Robinson helped put the visual aspects together, which brought cameras back to the very same spots Jeezy grew up in, including the trap.
From his early childhood, A Hustlerz Ambition shed light on the turmoil he went through growing up in a broken home, with a mother who fought addiction and was abusive toward him. We learned about how his Uncle “Bo” gave him his first forty-dollars to start hustling at age 11 and how he immediately became a 24/7 hustler. As he grew into a teen, the story also documents how crucial meeting his longtime friend and manager Demetrius “Kink” Ellerbee was for the CTE movement. These two spent some time in boot camp together and when they came home, Kink and Jizzle locked down the streets of Macon, Georgia. Kink had the gangs in his control and Jeezy brought the game plan and strategies.
For me, some of the most interesting parts revolved around Jeezy’s battles with Bell’s Palsy (a rare disease that affects the facial muscles) and polyps on his vocal chords. At one point early in his career, the Snowman couldn’t even move his face. He eventually recovered but then faced his vocal chords issues right after he recorded “So Icy” with Gucci Mane. This, as you know, created much unnecessary friction between the two.
As I walked out of the screening I couldn’t help but feel like I grew up right alongside Jeezy and his crew. The film really does an excellent job of bringing you all the way into Jeezy’s world. Look out for it to be released on Dec.20th, along with TM103.
Catch up on related Jeezy coverage after the jump…
Parlez-vous français? Paris, France serves as the backdrop for Ryan Leslie’s “Beautiful Lie.” The video, which co-stars Ryan’s girlfriend and Sports Illustrated model Kenza Fourati, is the second of ten videos that will comprise of Leslie’s upcoming Les Is More viral album.
Hip-hop royalty took the stage at the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show this evening. Originally taped earlier this month, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, and Maroon 5 all made appearances during tonight’s telecast. Above, “The Throne” perform their #1 hit-single “Ni**as In Paris.”
Photos from The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show here.
Before Yo Gotti drops his new album, Live From The Kitchen early 2012, he’ll be feeding the streets with a new mixtape next month. For the first release, the King of Memphis gets Juelz Santana and Gucci Mane on “Colors.”
New Music: Yo Gotti Feat. Juelz Santana & Gucci Mane – “Colors” (prod. by Lil’ Lody)
The legendary Roots crew have partnered with NPR to stream their 13th studio album, undun, in full. With a roll out of great videos, The Roots undoubtedly deliver on their new project, which officially drops on December 6th.
Follow a new signing, with a new mixtape. That’s exactly what Taylor Gang’s newest signee has done with the DJ Scream-hosted Blue Dream & Lean. With the highly successful Rubba Band Business Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 in his back pocket, Juicy J offers up a 28-song collection with appearances from Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Kreayshawn, 2 Chainz, Alley Boy, Casey Veggies, Project Pat and more.
Catch the download link and tracklisting, after the jump….
The man blamed for Michael Jackson’s death had his final day in court earlier this afternoon. He was sentenced to four year in prison but due to overcrowding Murray will serve his time in LA County jail. Also to his benefit, the doctor could only end up serving less than half of his time. It’s been reported that most sentences differed to LA County jail are cut in half.
Murray’s lawyers gave this statement: “Yes, of course [Judge Pastor] was harsh. He gave the stiffest penalty he was entitled to give under the law,” Murray’s attorney, J. Michael Flanagan, told reporters. “He was openly hostile. … [Murray has] led 56 years of exemplary life. He was really dreading [sentencing]. I think anybody would dread going into it. He’s an honorable man, and he’ll get through this. The family is suffering more than Dr. Murray is. … Dr. Murray is the provider in that family.”
More on Lil Boosie’s drug charges and Loon’s recent heroin case after the jump…
Many expected Waka Flocka Flame’s sophomore album, Triple F Life, to be out by now. Even with his Drake-assisted single still a popular cut in the clubs, we haven’t heard much about the follow up to 2010′s Flockavelli. In an interview with Billboard’s The Juice, Waka explains the album delay, possibly working with DMX, and a prediction for the new year.
“It felt like a rushed project. I’m going to do it first quarter (2012) because I need to put my all into it. I felt like I was trying to please the label and not the people that really listen to the music.”
“I’m gonna be the No. 1 artist of the year. That’s not a prediction, that’s a fact!”
The bonus track off Drake’s Take Care is gaining a lot of attention since it’s release. We’ve heard a remix with Tyga, now DJ-E Man of Big Boy’s Neighborhood drops the left coast remix with Snoop Dogg, YG & Nipsey Hussle.
New Music: Drake Feat. Snoop Dogg, YG & Nipsey Hussle – “The Motto (L.A. Remix)” (prod. by T-Minus)