Jeezy doesn't like to make comparisons, but fuck it, why not?
During a conversation with DJ Whoo Kid about buzzmaking rapper Young M.A, Jeezy compared Bobby Shmurda to... DMX?
"After Bobby Shmurda, Brooklyn need that. They need somebody else to carry the torch. He was hard. I thought he was going to be the next DMX. Cause he was just raw. Not to compare, be he was just that rawness."
OK, there's a lot to unpack here.
Clearly, Jeezy isn't comparing their careers, which would be unfair both to X and to Shmurda and, quite simply, ridiculous. While DMX is a living legend who earned five straight No. 1 albums to begin his career and has sold close to 80 million albums, the ink on Shmurda's EPIC Records contract was barely dry when, in December 2014, he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and drug and gun possession. Shmurda, who spent the past two years behind bars, recently accepted a seven-year plea deal.
Based on the success of Shmurda's breakout hit "Hot N*gga," which took the hip-hop world by storm thanks to the late Vine and went No. 1 on the Billboard Rap Chart, it's impossible to say whether or not two years later he'd be hanging Platinum plaques on his walls or looking for work on a VH1 reality show. But the "rawness" that Jeezy says the Brooklyn teen possessed, which was one of DMX's greatest traits as an emcee, is undeniable.
Taken at face value, Jeezy's comparison sounds balls crazy. Remember when people said Harold Miner was going to be the next Michael Jordan because he had a similarly shaved head and could dunk a basketball? Exactly.
Jeezy would have been better off saying Shmurda reminded him of a young DMX—who, mind you, was 10 years older at the time of his breakout moment—rather than drawing a parallel based on only one discernable attribute.
Doesn't Jeezy know he doesn't have to say wild shit during his Trap or Die 3 press run? He had the No. 1 rap album last week, outselling both Meek Mill and 2 Chainz.
By DJ Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter.