News: Lil Wayne Helps Young Jeezy Find His "Motivation"

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 2:15PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Southern rapper Young Jeezy's long-awaited Thug Motivation 103 solo album is finally taking shape, with a new single featuring the "Snowman" alongside Lil Wayne.

Set to premiere today, Jeezy's latest single is entitled, "Ballin'".

After a few false starts, Young Jeezy is gearing back up for his fourth album Thug Motivation 103. The "Snowman" has recruited Lil Wayne for the latest offering from the oft-delayed LP. The Lil Lody-produced "Ballin'" features a hard-hitting beat and rhymes from Weezy. "You think you ballin' 'cause you got a blog/ You know these hoes love to see me ball," raps Jeezy. The street single is set to premiere Tuesday, April 12, at 1:03 p.m. on USDA2day.com. Travis Barker recently told Rap-Up.com that he and Drumma Boy had worked on "an epic, Braveheart-sounding intro" for TM103. (Rap-Up)

In February, Jeezy was spotted in the studio with 16-year-old pop star Justin Bieber.

Vulture has previously pointed out how Young Jeezy -- whose next album, Thug Motivation 103, is in a state of perma-delay -- had his position of reigning gruff-but-charismatic-drug-dealer-rapper usurped by Rick Ross. What can Jeezy do to remedy the situation? Either drop 103 to universal critical and commercial acclaim -- or do a song with the possibly omnipotent Justin Bieber. Looks like he's going the latter route: In a grand coup for his career, Da Snowman was photographed in an L.A. studio with a pre-haircut JB over the weekend, presumably while working on a track. Okay, Jeezy's back, everyone; go about your business. (NY Mag)

Prior to getting pushed back indefinitely, Jeezy's long-delayed Thug Motivation 103 album was set to drop last December.

Young Jeezy has had a tough time motivating the thugs this year. The third installment of his Thug Motivation series, TM103, has been facing delays ever since last year, but reps for Def Jam have confirmed with XXLMag.com that the disc will finally hit shelves on December 14. The Atlanta-based rapper already dropped several singles from the album--"Jizzle," "All White Everything" featuring Yo Gotti and "Lose My Mind" featuring Plies--to little fan fare. (XXL Mag)

In a 2010 GQ Magazine feature, Jeezy revealed the new work ethics he explored while working on the LP.

The album is like a hip-hop version of the Stones' Exile on Main St or Dylan's Basement Tapes: To make it, Jeezy went completely off the grid, descending in early 2010 into the basement studio in producer Shawty Redd's south Atlanta home. He didn't come out for three months. The vibe was different from what the Stones had in the South of France, however. Redd had recently returned home from jail on a murder charge, posting $200,000 in bail. (A trial date is still pending.) Jeezy begins the story of the sessions like this: "I had just got off tour with Jay-Z when Shawty got home. I went to his crib, we chopped it up, and finally I said, 'I'm gonna go home and grab my stuff.' Shawty was like, 'Grab what stuff?' I came back with all my clothes and sh*t and moved in." Jeezy hung a flat-screen in his new bedroom and even stocked the cupboard with his favorite cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch. (GQ Magazine)

An album release date has not yet been unveiled.

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