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Jeezy is set to take us down trap memory lane on his Cold Summer tour 

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Jeezy

Mark Davis

Let’s be real. Trap music, in all its glitzy mainstream flair, wouldn’t exist today without one of Atlanta’s most storied dope boys, Jeezy. Though T.I.’s Trap Musik (2003) made the phrase a household name, Jeezy gave the 808-driven subgenre several crossover assists on his 2005 debut, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, collaborating with Akon on “And Then What” and international hit “Soul Survivor.” Though Jeezy was already a solidified trap star, thanks to DJ Drama’s Gangsta Grillz stamp of approval on Tha Streets Iz Watchin and Trap or Die mixtapes, his career as a sought-after hitmaker soared even higher from there. In 2008 Jeezy showed outsiders that trappers can be sexy on Usher’s “Love in This Club,” and the following year he gave Rihanna street cred, contributing guest bars on her bad-gal anthem “Hard.” Though Jeezy’s eighth studio album, Pressure, doesn’t offer the same powerful dominance as his earlier material, Jeezy will have the House of Blues rocking as he cycles through the hood classics. Give us “White Girl" and “Hustlaz Ambition,” and on “Put On,” and let us rap Yeezy’s entire verse because, well, this is Chicago. If you’ve been down with trap since its humble early-millenium beginnings, the Cold Summer tour will be a hearty trip down memory lane. However, don’t expect Jeezy’s current tourmate Tee Grizzley. According to his publicist, Grizzley can’t make the Chicago stop.   v


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