All pictures taken by Miguel Crespo for RESPECT.
“I heard it’s snowing outside right now. That ain’t no coincidence,” said the Snowman, more commonly known as Jeezy. With the release of Pressure, Jeezy’s latest project, he’s been on the road going city to city bringing he sound. The PlayStation Theatre, one of New York’s premiere venues, prepared for the Cold Summer Tour.
Along side Jeezy on tour is Tee Grizzley, a street-heavy rapper from Detroit. Grizzley is well know for the time he did in jail and everything he endured to create his debut project, My Moment. “First Day Out,” his leading single, stormed the entire country. His stage presence is felt with the gritty synths and up-beat drums knocking throughout the venue. The huge, iced-out grizzly bear hanging from Tee’s neck was undeniable as well. None the less, Tee Grizzley was an artist worthy of setting the tone for the headliner.
Thug motivation, it’s more than just the name of a series of Jeezy albums. It’s a way to live in real life. The words of encouragement and triumph over adversity is commonly practiced by Jeezy. The lyrics to the music played reflected the same and the crowd sang word for word. From classic songs like, “Go Getta,” and “I Luv It” to cuts from his latest album, Pressure. The newest street-certified classic, features some prolific artists including Puff Daddy, YG, 2 Chainz, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar and more. Crowd participation was at 100% and Jeezy made it easy. He personally spoke to fans in the front row and up in the rafters. Nobody was left out. A unique lighting display lit the room and bass-heavy beats rattled through the chests of fans. The Atlanta rapper came to perform and did not disappoint.