Jeezy enjoyed a dominant run as one of the pioneers of trap in the South in the 2000s, and he’s now shared his opinion on the region’s greatest remix.
Big Sno, who knows a thing or two about epic remixes, joined Complex for an episode of Brackets where he discussed the greatest southern rap remix ever with host B. Dot.
There might have been a bit of bias involved with Jeezy putting himself in the final four with his and JAY-Z‘s “Go Crazy” going against Master P and Mia X’s “Bout It Bout It.”
The other side of the bracket saw Shawty Lo’s “Dey Know (Remix)” featuring Jeezy himself, Plies, Ludacris and Lil Wayne, go heads-up with DJ Unk’s “Walk It Out (Remix)” featuring André 3000 and Jim Jones.
Jeezy ultimately gave the crown to the late Shawty Lo — who passed away in 2016 — and Lil Wayne’s show-stealing syrupy verse over him and Hov for the greatest southern remix.
“Shawty Lo, man,” he explained. “It’s the record, dog. It’s one of my critically-acclaimed best verses ever… This ‘Dey Kno’ record, oh man. I feel culturally ‘Go Crazy’ it’s in the books but it’s like ‘I’m inside my cool whip insides jello.’ It’s like I see it!”
Around the 12-minute mark, Jeezy told a story where he revealed Kanye West was slated to hop on the remix to his and T.I.’s 2006 collab “I Got Money,” but Kanye changed the beat to the song too much that Jeezy ended up scrapping it.
What’s interesting is Jeezy said the changes he heard on the record were the beginnings of what would become Graduation’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” anthem, which Jeezy laid ad-libs on as well.
“He got the files from DJ Toomp and added some more sounds so when it came back it had that ‘Ahhhhh.’ He sent it back a day before the album was supposed to go in and I’m like, ‘Ye, this sound like a different song I can’t even put this together,'” Jeezy said.
“Long story short, he calls me six months later and he’s like, ‘Remember that verse I gave you? I made it a song.’ That was ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing.’ So that was really a Jeezy record, but it was better than the original. I can say that.”
Jeezy dropped his latest project, Snofall, last month. Released in collaboration with DJ Drama, the Gangsta Grillz tape was prefaced with the ’80s-inspired single “I Ain’t Gon Hold You,” which dropped in September.
Jeezy and DJ Drama first joined forces in 2005 for the Gangsta Grillz mixtape Trap or Die. The project helped elevate both mens’ careers as Jeezy dropped his major label debut Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 later that year, while Drama’s Gangsta Grillz series continued to cement itself as a force in the streets.