Hollywood, CA – Jeezy took a look back at this storied career during a recent stop by the HipHopDX offices in Hollywood. As part of his conversation with DX, the trap rap pioneer recalled using $1.8 million in real cash for his Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 album cover and explained why his stint in the group Boy N Da Hood was so brief.

“When we did the deal that was the negotiation — I told [JAY-Z] and L.A. Reid I’m gonna do this deal with Puff [Daddy], but I’m only gonna make it a one-off,” he said of Boyz N Da Hood. “So, I was only in the group for one album.”

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The veteran artist also opened up about his dealings with JAY-Z, the star-studded “I Do” remix and how one of his songs turned into Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” He additionally detailed Gary Vee’s appearance on the TM104 intro “The enTRAPreneur” and shared insight on the ways he continues to motivate himself.

Watch DX’s interview with Jeezy above.