News: Young Jeezy Addresses Name Change Reports, Delays "Thug Motivation 103" Release

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 12:00PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Southern rapper Young Jeezy has officially denied reports that he changed his name and announced that his upcoming album, Thug Motivation 103, has been pushed back.

Jeezy said he will always have "Young" attached to his name.

Speaking of Young, he said he's going to remain just that, refuting online reports that he dropped the first word of his moniker. "Nah. I'm 'Young,' man," he declared. "I'mma stay Young till I ain't Young no more. I don't know why they trying to make me old. But this is 'Young Jizzle from the bottom of the map.' This is the name they gave me. I gotta rock till it's over with." Young said his album Thug Motivation 103 is now slated for July. Meanwhile, Jeezy's Trap or Die 2: By Any Means Necessary mixtape is coming soon. (MTV)

Speaking with MTV News editor Shaheem Reid at a Fat Joe video shoot earlier this month, the rapper reportedly said he still went by his original alias.

"@djrtodaizza Sean and LV are two of my favs. They need to get more credit for being OGs and just 4 being dope ("Roc Boys" horns blasting)! At the Joey Crack/Jeezy video shoot. All black everything! Don't get it confused. Jeezy just told me he's still "Young Jeezy." @LamonteBall looking real "nice" up in there." (Shaheem Reid's Twitter)

Reports last month suggested he changed his rap alias.

First Diddy dropped the P. from his name, then Bow Wow grew out of his Lil status, and now Jeezy has decided he no longer wants to be Young. Jay Jenkins' name change graces the cover art for "Lose My Mind," the street single from his forthcoming album Thug Motivation 103. The moniker first appeared on the credits for Rihanna's "Hard," but it's now official. So Jeezy it is. (Rap-Up)

He recently discussed his close knit relationship with fellow Atlanta, Georgia rapper T.I.

"I always took this thing like me and Tip was like Big and Jay. Just in the sense of we always coexist. We really never had no issues or nothing we couldn't work out. And if it was it was just whatclub we meeting at. What time, you know what I'm saying? Anything he's done, I've pretty much supported him, just as well as anything I've done, he pretty much supported me. He like the cat on the other side of town who get money, too. And it's like that. You could be in the city and two n*ggas run the city, you know what I'm saying? Like, we been on a few tours together, you know, did a couple of classic records, and um, it's just one of those thngs. That's how I always looked at it. Like we was like Big and Jay. Pac and Snoop." (VIBE)

Check out a past Young Jeezy interview down below:

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