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Jeezy: Tiny Desk Concert

Motivation has always been the leading message of Jeezy's career and he's never veered off the path. The Atlanta superstar stayed consistent with his Tiny Desk, focusing on the early chapters of his career and creating a story arc in between songs. "I was able to connect with my people and my culture because we spoke the same language," he explained before playing "Go Crazy." "I wanted to inspire and give people the blueprint, people who wanted more for themselves."

Jay "Jeezy" Jenkins' music could easily be taken at face value given the number of hits he's racked up over his two-decade career, but he made his target audience and intention clear through the titles of his Thug Motivation albums. He's taken his mission far beyond music, excelling as an investor and more recently an author. His memoir, Adversity for Sale: Ya Gotta Believe, made it to the New York Times bestseller list.

The Snowman enlisted Tiny Desk vet and bassist D. Hodge to assemble a band to breathe new life into selections from his catalog. The string section brought opulence to these gritty street anthems and features two familiar faces: viola player Lelia-Michelle Walker and NPR's own Ashley Pointer on violin. Jeezy dedicated "Everythang" from TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition to Pointer and showed plenty of love to the group of Howard University students in the crowd. This is Black History at its finest.


  • "Standing Ovation"
  • "Air Forces"
  • "Bottom Of The Map"
  • "And Then What"
  • "Go Crazy"
  • "Everythang"


  • Jeezy: lead vocals
  • D. Hodge: bass, musical direction
  • CJ Thompson: drums
  • Joe Harley: keys
  • Ashley Pointer: violin
  • Lelia-Michelle Walker: viola
  • Dr. Amyr Joyner: violin
  • Johnny Walker: cello


  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Director/Editor: Joshua Bryant
  • Audio Technical Director: Neil Tevault
  • Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Kara Frame, Maia Stern, Alanté Serene, Christina Shaman
  • Audio Engineer: Josephine Nyounai
  • Photographer: Zayrha Rodriguez
  • Production Assistant: Elle Mannion
  • Tiny Desk Copy Editor: Hazel Cills
  • Executive Producer: Suraya Mohamed
  • Series Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins

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Bobby Carter is a leader on the Tiny Desk Concerts team for NPR Music. He's brought an ever growing roster of big names and emerging artists through NPR's HQ to squeeze behind the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and record standout performances, including Usher, Mac Miller, Noname, Anderson.Paak and H.E.R.