Jeezy Spreads His Thug Motivation at ‘Church in These Streets’ Show in New York [EXCLUSIVE]
Jeezy is truly blessed. The Atlanta rapper is still going strong after more than 10 years in the game. The congregation that has been following his movement since the early 2000s praised his efforts inside Highline Ballroom in New York City to celebrate the release of his eighth studio album, Church in These Streets, Thursday night (Nov. 12).
Revolt TV provided a live stream of the sold-out show but nothing matched the energy of the passionate crowd and Jeezy as he hit the stage at about 2 a.m. He performed brand new tracks off the LP, which were heard for the first time live. Some fans already had hard copies of his album -- the love for the Snowman's new material was real. They bounced to "Gold Bottles," “Hustlaz Holiday” and “New Clothes." He slowed things down a notch with “Sweet Life” (sans Janelle Monae) and sped things up with “Scared of the Dark."
While the night was centered on new beginnings, Jeezy couldn't perform without showing love to the older hits in his catalog. Fan favorites like “Supa Freak,” “Soul Survivor,” “Corporate Thuggin’” and “Everythang” were met with booming cheers. Even though the crowd sang each word out loud so the Snowman from the South wouldn’t have to, by the end of the night his voice went hoarse. But as they say, the show must go on.
Throughout the night, Jeezy spoke of ambition and rising to the top. With over eight studio albums and 15 years in the game, he speaks from experience. “If your dreams don’t scare you, you ain’t dreamin’ big enough," he told the audience. Pastor Jeezy had spoken.
The concert ended with the title track of the new record, “Church in These Streets,” and an older favorite “Seen It All,” off his 2014 album of the same name. The night (or rather early morning) didn’t actually end there as some fans lined up for a meet and greet with Jeezy once he put the mic down. Their eagerness to get some one-on-one time (even if for a brief moment) with the man born Jay Jenkins is a sign he hasn't lost his touch as a thug motivator.
Stream Jeezy's Church in These Streets here.
Watch Jeezy's "Gold Bottles" Video