J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar Join Jeezy On An All-Star Collabo (Audio)
UPDATE: After video footage previewed a sizable clip of the song, Jeezy’s full, official “American Dream” releases. The Pressure single is a pointed collaboration with both J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. This song may not be as Heads expected on paper. Kendrick Lamar provides some melodic singing near the track’s close. However, the record is just as high-powered as any fan could have asked for. J. Cole, who went project-less in 2017, sprinkles an exceptionally rapped verse.
“‘Cause that’s the American Dream / Now here go the thing, listen / Hysterical screams, coming from mothers that buried their kings / Or the unbearable pain of watching them walk out with the sheriff in chains / Becoming a number, they no longer care ’bout the name / White folks been getting rich off of cocaine / Through some underhanded methods, I don’t got time to explain / Out of fear that I won’t reach ’em in since reaching ain’t my thing / I just drop a gem or two within a few verses I sing / For all my real ni**as trapped inside the game,” Cole spits, following a mighty Jeezy verse with punchy lines like, “First my President was Black / Now my President is wack.”
The song is produced by Y-Not and features a sample of Bilal’s “Flying.” The song’s stuttered drums appear to be an homage to OutKast’s “So Fresh, So Clean.”
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DECEMBER 12 STORY: In just a few days (December 15), Jeezy’s eighth solo album Pressure is releasing to the masses. Evident in last year’s #1 chart appearance with Trap Or Die 3, Snowman is a mid-’00s Rap star who has been able to maintain a strong following without deviating from his Thug Motivation persona.
In those last dozen or so years, the CTE founder has influenced a spectrum of today’s top Rap artists. The Atlanta, Georgia native made commanding strip club anthems that pivoted to today’s movement surrounding Future and Travi$ Scott. Additionally, Jeezy’s ability to inspire the streets without speaking above his audience or preaching can be traced to the music of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. Mr. 17.5 and Kendrick have had multiple collaborations. Days ahead of the 2012 good kid, m.A.A.d. city release, the pair released “Westside, Right On Time.” Jeezy then tapped K-Dot for several remixes, including for singles “R.I.P.” and “Holy Ghost.” That same year, Jeezy gave Cole a standout feature verse from Truly Yours 2‘s “Kenny Lofton.”
For many, the most anticipated song of Pressure is “American Dream,” featuring both Lamar and J. Cole. As Heads hope to get a proper CDQ version of the song Friday (if not before), ATL’s DJ Ace previewed some of the song, standing beside an animated Jeezy. The CTE DJ plays the song for album release party club-goers in New York City. The song’s host takes on its chorus. The hook is about literally building an empire, brick-by-brick. The snippet then showcases Cole’s verse, which is energetic and hustle-focused. He compares his “state-to-state” hustle to the ’90s street grind, and how both parties want to stack money to get ahead. Then, Cole gets political and raps about how the drug trade is racist (thanks to things such as the Rockefeller Laws). With that point, the MC/producer whose home was raided due to wrongful suspicions of drug-dealing points out the hypocrisy of the war against drugs.
In the next segment, Heads can hear Kendrick Lamar providing some melodic bars, and even singing. Although the delivery may surprising in a year where Kung-Fu Kenny has rapped so strikingly, the superstar MC is in perfect step with the beat. DJ Ace interrupts the track several times but forecasts what hopefully becomes a Pressure moment that reaches the radio. The album also features former rival Rick Ross, star protégé YG, and fellow ATL veteran 2 Chainz.
Jeezy’s Pressure tracklist:
2. Cold Summer f. Tee Grizzley
3. In A Major Way f. Payroll Giovanni
4. Floor Seats f. 2 Chainz
5. This Is It
6. Bottles Up f. Puff Daddy
7. Valet (Interlude)
9. Pressure f. YG & Kodak Black
10. Like Them f. Rick Ross & Tory Lanez
11. The Life f. Trey Songz & Wizkid
12. American Dream f. Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole
13. Snow Season