Last night in NYC Young Jeezy held a concert at the Highline Ballroom to celebrate the sixth anniversary of his legendary album Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. Jeezy like many artists has been struggling in the game in recent years, but you would have never known last night as Jeezy was definitely on one. The street in front of the Highline Ballroom was flooded with Jeezy fans and supporters for hours before the doors even opened. The crowd was amped to get in, with rumors of special guests and new Jeezy music. Once the doors opened it was mass chaos.
Funk Flex came out for Jeezy and controlled the crowd with joint like “Otis” until it was showtime. Nearly two hours after the door opened, the street was finally empty and Highline was wall to wall full awaiting to see how Jeezy celebrates TM 101.
After Flex was done dropping bombs it was time for your ”favorite rapper’s favorite rapper” to hit the stage. Jeezy came out with a full band (all rocking dark suits and fitted hats) kicking off with ”Standing Ovation” from his debut album. Only two songs later, the band started playing “Go Crazy” and his first special guest hit the stage. The crowd exploded when they saw Jay-Z come out and join Jeezy, but the show was just getting started.
Jeezy feeding off the crowd’s energy was going hard on the stage for every song, but when the band went into “Put On” and Kanye hit the stage, the crowds’ response blew even Jeezy away. Jeezy held his own on stage with Ye, he was confident he belonged up there with the Hip-Hop heavyweights and was proving to the crowd why.
After Kanye left Jeezy kept the crowd going “I told y’all we just getting started,” and hit Highline with classics like “Bottom of the Map,” “Bang” and “Get Ya Mind Right.” Jeezy’s next friend to come out was Bun B for “Trap or Die” and had the entire audience rapping along to every lyric.
Jeezy killed “Dey Know Remix,” right before bringing out NY native Fabolous. Fab and Jeezy performed “Flexin” and “Rollin” from his most recent project The Real Is Back. Jeezy read the crowd and stepped aside to let Fab give them what they wanted with a performance of “You Be Killin’ Em.”
Without a dull moment in the show thus far it was hard to imagine what Jeezy was going to do next. The real Hip-Hop heads nearly jumped off the balcony when Jeezy brought out the LOX, and performed Sheek Louch’s “Kiss Your Ass Goodbye,” Styles P’s “I Get High” and Jadakiss’ “We Gone Make It.”
The love not only for Jeezy, but hip-hop as a whole was pouring out of Highline at this point. Not one person was leaving this celebration disappointed, especially after Jeezy ended the show finally announcing a date for TM 103′s release. Young Jeezy told everyone that he had just gotten word that TM 103 will be in stores September 20th.
Jeezy reminded everyone last night of why we all love him and how he became “your favorite rappers’ favorite rapper.” Not many artists can throw a celebration in NYC that is supported and respected by the toughest hip hop fans around and have it be co-signed by New York’s top artists, Jeezy just proved it can be done though.