Jay Z and Jeezy have become frequent collaborators over the years -- so much so that Jay is comfortable sharing his emotional fragility with the "Soul Survivor" rapper. A verse on their new song, "Seen It All," reflects on a drug smuggle from Jay's young days of selling crack cocaine. Jeezy told MTV that writing the lyrics was emotional for famed rapper.
“We got on the phone and [Jay] was like, ‘Yo, Jeezy, when I was writing the verse I had tears in my eyes, man,’ because it took him so far back to [Brooklyn's Marcy Projects],” he told MTV News. “Every bar in that song was real -- I put my hand on the Bible.”
Some of the tear-stained lyrics in question include "Uncle died on the spot / Pop killed the family with heroin shots" and "I got ‘em 5 grand a pop / I had a plug in Saint Thomas on a trillion watts / Flew him back to the States, park 92 bricks in front of 560 State / Now the Nets a stone throw from where I used to throw bricks." The rapper's verse includes references to Emory Jones, who ran the Maryland cocaine ring with which Jay Z associated, and asserts that "N----s can’t tell me shit about this dope game / 'Bout this cocaine, man, I done seen it all."
For more on "Seen it All" and Jeezy's new album, head over to MTV.