Album Delays (Again): Can Young Jeezy Catch A Break?
What’s going on over in that Def Jam building? “The Real,” a.k.a Young Jeezy, has had his long-awaited album TM103: Hustlerz Ambition pushed back—again.
Things seemed to be going according to plan this time. The Atlanta fan favorite, who just came off a successful nationwide tour featuring protegé Freddie Gibbs and the rest of his CTE crew, announced back in July during a star-studded anniversary concert in New York City for his debut album TM101 that the final piece of the trilogy would be released today. According to Twitter buzz, Def Jam will now reveal a new release date (we’ve lost count of how many there’s been since 2009) via Jeezy’s account, @OfficialTM103, sometime this afternoon (we’re guessing 1:03pm).
At first, Jeezy (currently doing well with his Eight 732 clothing brand) seemed at peace with the numerous delays, explaining the reasons: “I’ma keep it real. At the time, you know I had to go live life,” he told a radio host during his most recent promo run. “I was on two big tours [with Lil Wayne and Jay-Z], so I was just doing a lot of rapper things. I get my music from the streets and livin’—and I didn’t live. I didn’t do Jeezy. I was doing Young Jeezy, the rapper, but I wasn’t doing Jeezy. So I went back home and kinda just got out and started moving around. It just all came together.”
TM103 has so far spawned two remotely well-received single, “Ballin” featuring Lil Wayne and “Shake Life.” Jeezy also recently released his mixtape, The Real Is Back 2 featuring Gibbs, Birdman and Yo Gotti, to whet his fans’ appetites while they wait for the official album. While the label should definitely strike while the iron’s hot—and Jeezy’s buzz is better than it has been for a few years now—let’s hope they have bigger and better plans for an artist who deserves their support.