Jeezy Criticizes Rappers For The Promotion Of Consumption Of Opiates
"These people are leaders. I don't think you understand that."
Jeezy is concerned about the proliferation of opioids in the society, specifically in Hip Hop. In a new interview with Mass Appeal, the snowman was critical of rappers glorifying the dangerous drugs.
"I got a family member who is a nurse," Jeezy said around the 5:30 mark of the video below. "Only to hear the stories ... she might call me, I'm like, 'good?' [She says] 'oh man, we had five children come in an overdose of this and that. I'm like, what the fuck? You know what I'm saying? Percocet ... I was like, 'Wow, that is crazy. In one day, five children come in and die?' She is like, 'Yes, one of 13 years of age." That is crazy to me. But listen to the music."
The trap rap pioneer explained that he was fine with Hip Hop artists the use of opioids, but I had a problem with him being a focal point of his music.
"What can I get if that is your vice, that is what you like to do," he said. "We gon' respect. But once your words come out, and you tell people that this is and that is what it is, it's like I don't know if I can respect that. Ok, the music is great, but what you stand for? If I had a conversation with you, you're going to be too doped up to tell me something cool? You are going to be too high ... I can't go on until the end of the earth. For one, you don't even know what the fuck they were talking about."
Jeezy observed how the children, for better or worse, look to the rappers. He believes that the artists do not realize the great influence they have.
"These people are leaders," he continued. "I don't think they understand that. It is one thing to be a lover of the culture — go and getcha money. But don't act like the ideal thing from Makaveli, Scarface or Jeezy or Boosie or T. I. These are up guys. These guys are living legends."
As a veteran of war, Pressure MC believes that it is his duty to speak when he sees it as a problem.
"It's important for me to come when I come, when is too much," he said. "It is too