Appearing on Drink Champs, Jeezy praised Tupac for inspiring him till this day and labeling Tupac’s albums as his bible.
Without saying, it is quite clear Jeezy was influenced by Tupac Shakur, starting from his early work. His debut album entitled “Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101” all the way to his TM104, Jeezy childhood favorite artist embedded jewels to his young mind, more than he could ever imagine it would, even till this day.
Speaking with MTV back in 2011, Jeezy credited Tupac’s music which deeply resonated with him while making TM103. “It’s about knowing what to do. When I was growing up and I was listening to ‘Pac, all his situations apply to me today,” he noted. “I never knew that, I was just listening to the music and I thought it was good music. Everything that he said applies to me today. Keep your enemies close, money over bitches – that’s real talk,” he said.
Years later Jeezy continues to evolve as an artist and businessman. The same lessons learned from Tupac’s music growing up, continues to be the blueprint till this day. “Every morning before school I’d listen to all Master P, 8Ball & MJG, but my favorite was Tupac. And the reason it was Tupac and is till this day, he stood for something. He has values, he had morals, he had integrity and I had never seen that before,” said Jeezy on Drink Champs. “The reason I was able to navigate through a lot of things, because I listened to Tupac as if that was my bible.”
“He would take those risks, when everyone around me was so used to how they was living, that they didn’t try to live any better. I was like well I’m going to go ahead and take some risks,” Jeezy added, stating his bible during those times was every Tupac album.
Jeezy has always been vocal about being inspired by Tupac. Back in 2015, Billboard named their top 10 rappers of all time. A list which was topped by Biggie Smalls at number one and also included Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Ghostface Killah, Lauryn Hill, Andre 3000, Nas, Rakim, Eminem and Jay-Z. Appearing on Power 99, Jeezy disagreed with Tupac being left out of the list. “Think about all those artists that came out in his generation that you don’t even hear anymore. And people still have love for Tupac like if he’s still walking around somewhere in L.A,” Jeezy said in Tupac’s defense.
Jeezy recently released his 11th studio album “Snofall” reuniting with long time collaborator DJ Drama.