Dead beat dad is what the media say/ best father in the world is what my son will say. On Christina Milians Say I, Young Jeezy shared a bit of his personal life rare form for the Snowman. Since the boy from the hood first reached the charts, his name has been tossed around in an ongoing custody battle for his 7 year-old son. The same man who had the masses in 2005 saying, Lets get it, just wants his child to get good grades.
As Jeezy says that the support payments were always coming, the young father defends his image as seen in some media. The Atlanta-based celebrity also describes his roles shifting between father and the artist currently recording The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102. Whether its family, financial, or federal woes, the Snowman takes things as they come, knowing that while he was a Trap Star to many, hes only a father to one.
AllHipHop.com: There was a lot of speculation over your custody battle. Hows that going now?
Young Jeezy: I got my first visitation [recently], so it was good. You know, it was like I really, I really hadnt had no problems with my babys mama. But you know, being successful, [drama is] gonna come with that; they got to hurt you some type of way. But no, we have little issues about when and how I can see my son, [but we] work that out with the court. And you know, truth be told, Im the one that really wanted to go to court, know what Im saying? I really wanted my f**king visitation rights, you know. Call somebody, I want to see him this week, and theyre like No, and Im like Why? [she said] Because you cant, know what I mean. So I really wanted to go to court, but it was good. We got a little system going: if I see him, I see him every time Im home. Its good. And like with my mothers so, you know its cool now. I feel a lot of ease because I can call when I want to. Got his little cell phone chop it up with a little chirp whatever.
AllHipHop.com: How old is he?
Young Jeezy: Hes seven. Its better now. I always [want] my son to be a part of my life, know what Im saying.
AllHipHop.com: Do you teach your son anything in particular, or have something that you want to get across to him?
Young Jeezy: I mean, you know, we talk. Me and my dude have long conversations. We really talk because you know he going through he grew up in a project just like me, I try to pull that out, but mama tried to hide it, you know. Its cool, he can come to me and ask me about something. He wants to be involved in what I do and go where Im going, but you know, he understands he cant do that. But I mean its cool now. His grades are better. Hes eating better, so you know he can get in a little trouble.
AllHipHop.com: How do you feel about the media, you know as the custody situation played out?
Young Jeezy: The media is the monster, man. It takes [a lot out of you] when people f**k with you personally. They got it out for you. You know, I hear s**t all the time, and Im like, Wow. You know thats a part of my soul, man. Look out for your kids. Take care of your own flesh and blood, because thats what I believe in. So when you hear me say that, and listen to some [of the] news s**t, saying I aint paying child support, dont believe that. Its been paid up. Its just the other s**t that was going on with it [the childs mother], You want how much [money]? You need a Ferrari? But you know [child s mother] dont get that, but its cool. I mean you know, like I say, man, whatevers best for him man Im cool with that. Just for the [kid].
AllHipHop.com: How were with your father?
Young Jeezy: We really werent that close, but you got to understand, I wasnt that close with nobody in my family. I was like I was on the streets man. So I couldnt enjoy that. Like talking to a dude complaining about Christmas because he dont know how its gonna be at the end of the year. So my whole thing was to put everything to the side and not care about nothing. So if I ever was to get anything done in a situation, I could deal with it, know what Im saying. They wouldnt be calling home and everybody all f**ked up and you locked out. So it was more so like I kind of pushed it to the side. But now I see my mom all the time and we talk and its better now. Know what Im saying, [I] changed my life a lot.
AllHipHop.com: No doubt. As a dedicated father, how do you react differently to people around you getting shot and things like that? Have you changed the way you move at all?
Young Jeezy: Oh man, Im in the street. I really dont give a f**k about that s**t. You take one of mine, Im taking five of yours, no s**t. But end of the day, we been in there, but it is what it is. Im not here to sit, I had to learn to do right. Im locked up every other weekend and Im gonna tell it. You know the n***as know what happened when [U.S.D.A. rapper Slick Pulla] got shot. [Slick Pulla] didnt get shot running. He got shot doing him. I mean, you best believe you know he wasnt the only one got shot. But its like we live. I talk to him and try to calm him down. Hes a little bit younger, and my man Bloodraw, another member of U.S.D.A., just beat a f**king federal conspiracy case
AllHipHop.com: He got out right?
Young Jeezy: He was facing life. You know thats why we put the U.S.D.A. album out, because he got messed up. The Feds messed him up. I think what they was really trying to give him 20 years. Well, its just like man its like at the end of the day, man, seriously you live and learn. You learn what you do and you do what you learn. You do what you do, and try to be safe in the process because, I mean, s**t happens, man. I mean, you gonna get money and you gonna get broke. Thats just life. Only thing you can do is live that s**t.
AllHipHop.com: Your man, Twin mentioned to me that yall didnt get nominated for a BET Award
Young Jeezy: Yeah, yeah.
AllHipHop.com: Last year, you, Kanye, The Game, and Three-6-Mafia had the best albums of the year in many folks opinions
Young Jeezy: Man, it is what it is man. I aint mad. I aint f**ked up about it, you know what Im saying. I mean, they know what it is. I aint angry or s**t. Thats the streets. Know what Im saying. But at the end of the day, I aint f**ked up about it. I guess my album was a little bit too raw for em, but at the end of the day, if the world wasnt like this I couldnt talk like this, so why yall are saying to me? What the f**k did I do wrong? Im just trying to make do with what I got, you know. I aint got it like that. Aint had nobody make sure I was straight. Its talk about s**t that I aint ashamed to admit, know what I mean. Im not a roofer. I cant talk about fixing the house, plumbing, and s**t like that, mechanic s**t. I dont know that s**t. I know the streets.