Young Jeezy Jay-Z has done enough preaching about progression in the rap game, and it seems like some artists have been listening. Southern rapper, Young Jeezy has made moves to officially changes his rap alias -- perhaps to reflect a more serious image?

The rapper has dropped "Young" from his name, so that he can now simply be referred to as Jeezy. According to HipHopWired, the first signs of the name change appeared in the credits for Rihanna's song 'Hard,' but only became official following the release of his single 'Lose My Mind,' from his upcoming album 'Thug Motivation 103.' The rapper made sure that only "Jeezy" appeared on the album cover art. Jeezy is not the first rapper to amend his alias by losing a word or two. Bow Wow famously parted ways with his childhood rap name "Lil Bow Wow" before he grew up, started driving drunk and Tweeted about it.

The artist formerly known as Young Jeezy released his last studio album 'The Recession,' in 2008. His upcoming album, 'Thug Motivation 103' is slated for a June release. He recently explained that he was back in the studio, working hard to complete the record. "I'm thinking June," he said. "I wanna own the summer. If you coming out [with an album] in June, you might wanna think about that."