Jeezy paid tribute to 2Pac in a recent interview after revealing that the late rapper’s music was instrumental in his upbringing.
The snowman talked about Pac when he visited Drink champions and explained how the legend was such a force in his life as a young man.
“Every morning before school I listened to all of Master P, 8Ball, MJG, but my favorite was Tupac,” Jeezy told the Drink Champs crew. “It still does today because he stood for something. He had values, he had morals, he had integrity, but I had never seen that before. Because my uncles would steal $20 on your socks.
Jeezy revealed that the people around him weren’t the best examples in his life, which made him turn to people outside his circle for advice. The next best thing was the rappers he listened to as a kid in Atlanta.
“I couldn’t get any information from them,” he said. “So how I learned to survive and navigate the streets – and I mean that because, these guys coming in, 90% of that, well, 10% music, 90% survival. It’s survival and navigating what’s going on.
2Pac had a hold on Jeezy that made him view the late rapper as a higher power. As he explained, Pac’s music was like the Bible to him.
“I listened to Tupac like it was my Bible,” Jeezy said. “How to move, how to deal with situations, and it was ingrained in me. He was a revolutionary before I knew what it was. He actually had…he stood for something.
“And he was taking those risks when everyone around me was so used to his way of life that he didn’t want to try to live better. My bible, back then, no disrespect to fat homie [Biggie]was every Tupac album.
As Jeezy reminisced about a historical figure, he was lucky enough to meet one at an event over the weekend. Former President Barack Obama was one of the guest speakers at the Gateway Center rally on Friday, Oct. 28, which was attended by top Democrats and various celebrities, including Jeezy.
The rapper shared a video of himself shaking hands with Obama and posing for a photo with his Instagram followers. To make the encounter even more special, Jeezy closed the rally with an impromptu performance of “My President” and “Put On”.
“If this doesn’t motivate you, nothing will be #SNOFALL,” the Atlanta rapper captioned his post.