With the Internet still buzzing over Atlanta rapper Alley Boy confirming his “I Want In” record was, in fact, aimed at fellow ATL rappers T.I. and Young Jeezy, his “N*ggantai” producer Jugrnaut weighs in on the situation.
In Jug’s perspective, Alley is simply passionate about the Atlanta music scene and mentioned the two rap stars as a means to garnering attention.
“I think in this situation, with Alley, he just wants to put his position out there, his position in Atlanta,” Jugrnaut told SOHH. “He wants to be recognized for what it is that he’s bringing to the table. I just think that with Jeezy and T.I., they’ve been out for a long time and been very successful with what they’re doing. I just think with Alley being a newer artist, he basically wants to let the city know that he’s here, he’s the next one. Some people might not like that, some people might like that. You can’t be mad at his passion. He wants to have a space in this Atlanta hip-hop scene. Like I said, it’s a little bit more of an aggressive sound than what most people are used to these days. But if you take the time to listen to a lot of his music, you’ll see he has a large amount of talent to offer.” (SOHH)
This week, Alley explained why he took aim at Tip and Jeezy.
“The whole record — it was what it was. People know what time it is,” Alley explained in an interview. “I said what I said and I meant it. It was some situations that happened between them two cats or whatever. I ain’t into promoting those two dudes, they names and junk or whatever, but people know what it is. It was some situation that happened with the boy Tip or whatever, about a video that was put out — I don’t want to get too deep into that, but anyway he called my big homie. One of the other CEOs, he called him and he threw something out there to him, a certain proposition about what happened and it made me look at dude like a coward. You have to stand up for yourself, can’t nobody fight your battles. It really brushed us real sour. Instead of just taking it to the streets, which we were about to, it was like, ‘OK, I’m gonna go this way.’ And with the other dude or whatever, it was just a character thing. He’s like, ‘Oh Alley, you just did a song with him,’ or whatever, whatever. … In a way, you know, middle finger to both of them. That’s my word, that’s what it is.” (Hot 107.9)
Last month, he initially said the “I Want In” record didn’t target either artist.
“I did the ‘We Want In’ record,’ a lot of folks say its a shot at a ni**a man, but I don’t take shots man, when I take shots at a ni**a they gon’ be bleedin,'” Alley Boy said in an interview. “But at the end of the day, I say respect the way I feel about sh*t. I feel like f**k a ni**a, it’s my city, know what I’m saying? … Ain’t no bullsh*t in it, once I peep a ni**a character and I feel the ni**a aint real, I just go in on a ni**a, I dont give a f**k, its whatever, ni**as know what it is around the A.” (All Hip Hop)
Speculation on Alley Boy’s rhymes representing subliminal disses over specific references from the song followed its release in early January.
“All that street sh*t? It’s over, game over/I’m the new king of the streets, no motivation, game over,” Alley raps, easily able to be presumed as disses toward T.I.’s nickname and Jeezy’s Thug Motivation album series. “F**k that snow sh*t/This hot sh*t/ In the A-town/This my sh*t.” (“I Want In”)
Check out Alley Boy speaking on “I Want In” below: