Wed 30 Nov 2011
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.
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