Young Jeezy Visits Ferguson, Talks to 104.1 FM about Michael Brown

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Bryan Sutter
Young Jeezy wears "R.I.P. Michael Brown" on his shirt during his set at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on August 12. See more photos here.

The shooting of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown and the unrest that followed in Ferguson and the surrounding communities have made national headlines, and have caught the attention of a number of celebrities. But rapper Young Jeezy is one of the few to visit Ferguson and see it all for himself.

In St. Louis on August 12 to perform during Wiz Khalifa's Under the Influence of Music tour at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Jeezy used his time in the Gateway City to chat with Hot 104.1 FM and explore Ferguson, witnessing how Brown's death has had such a profound effect on the region.

"These are kids. These are human beings," Jeezy said during the Hot 104.1 broadcast. "This is somebody's baby, this is somebody's grandson, this is somebody's uncle, brother, cousin.... There has to be justice."

See also:
- RFT's complete coverage of Ferguson and Michael Brown
- Photos: Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy Pay Tribute to Michael Brown at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

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A-Plus and Jeezy hang out at the Hot 104.1 FM studio.

"Jeezy was one of the first musicians to acknowledge the horrific death of Mike Brown via Twitter late Saturday night," Hot 104.1 FM DJ A-Plus tells RFT Music. "He was aware of the situation before what took place on Sunday evening.

"Right away, I knew this wasn't Jeezy chiming in on what was emerging as a national story just to say he did it," continues A-Plus, whose given name is Arthur Willis. "The amount of sincerity and compassion in what he tweeted showed that he was emotionally invested in what's going on, not to mention Jeezy has a history of speaking out on past tragic events and doing community work for the people, not for the cameras."

Here's one of the things Jeezy tweeted on August 9, the day Brown -- also known as "Mike Mike" -- was shot:

A-Plus welcomed Jeezy to his Hot 104.1 show Durrty Boyz Radio on Tuesday to talk about how local authorities are handling the case and how Ferguson and the St. Louis region as a whole might turn Brown's death into something more positive.

"Jeezy's always been stoic in conversation; he's not the guy to give you a wide range of emotions in interviews like Kanye would. That's not his style," A-Plus says of his time with the rapper. "But he really seemed bothered by what happened to Mike Mike. Before yesterday, the toughest thing I've ever asked him about related to issues with other rappers -- something that pales in comparison to what took place in Ferguson on Saturday -- so I have to say that's the most emotional I've ever seen Jeezy during an interview."

Later, Jeezy went to the QT gas station in Ferguson, which rioters had burned earlier in the week. Chatting with A-Plus, Jeezy had condemned the destruction. "We don't have to be violent. We just have to stand there and make our presence known. That's where we should be, not looting our neighborhoods, tearing apart our city," Jeezy said on-air.

"While being involved in the community is nothing new for him, it's always refreshing to see someone step up in the manner that he did," A-Plus says. "Visiting the burned-out QT in Ferguson was just another genuine gesture from him."

See also: The Rap Music of Mike Brown, Slain Ferguson Teenager

Tuesday evening Jeezy joined Wiz Khalifa, DJ Drama and others for a megashow at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, during which the performers sported "R.I.P. Michael Brown" shirts and called for justice and peace. While rumors persisted throughout the day that the concert would be the site of a riot, the show and the music instead proved to be a bit of a healing force.

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Jeezy urges the crowd to think about Michael Brown.

"It was a much-needed celebration of peace and prosperity. At the very least, it was an opportunity to give ourselves a break from the negative images currently plastered all over local news," A-Plus says. "As history has shown us, music served as the soundtrack to soothe our souls in times just like these. It won't be the only thing to heal our city -- that takes real work from our leaders and our judicial system doing what's right -- but it sure can help."

A-Plus tells RFT Music that listeners' reactions to Jeezy's embrace of Ferguson have been positive.

"We as fans love when our favorite artists show that they care about what's happening in the real world," A-Plus says. "There's a countless amount of entertainers -- and people in general -- that are jaded and block out issues that don't directly affect them on a daily basis. So when Jeezy does the exact opposite, the outpouring of support from my listeners hasn't stopped since we've aired it."

Follow A-Plus on Twitter and listen to his entire segment with Jeezy below:

Get RFT's complete coverage of Ferguson and Michael Brown here.



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Jeff Craig
Jeff Craig

Ugly Cest. Help dig a deeper hole as the sewage seeps in.

Jeff Craig
Jeff Craig

How do you know he said "get the fuck off the sidewalk" Cest? Do you so easily believe the one witness who may or may not be telling the truth or the whole story?

Jeff Craig
Jeff Craig

That is ugly and misleading Cest. Fortunately Klan is dead and gone. Why give them life?

Jeff Craig
Jeff Craig

Thank you Tracy. Your support of brave, unselfish and good is toward more good.

Jeff Hodges
Jeff Hodges

Stick your head further up your ass and breathe deep.....He wasn't shot 19 times and he wasn't shot in his back. He was shot several times in his chest and in the forehead. He was a punk ass bitch and he chose his fate when he decided to assault the police officer and then tried to take his gun. Now he's in hell

Cameron Lewis
Cameron Lewis

Because that's what's happened every other time a white cops been shot? Right? No! This is just a useless excuse for people to do wrong and get away with it. It's ignorance! It doesn't matter what race, gender, or anything else someone is.....wrong is wrong!

Norma Cole Sosko
Norma Cole Sosko

Cest Lavie Boheme Sosko is actually polish moron. Lol. Not to mention its my married name im actually mexican! these thugs looting n rioting right now should be shot with or without their hands up.

Leo Johnson
Leo Johnson

Pershard J. If you pull your head OUT your ass .You would know that there are WHITE PEOPLES on government welfare than BLACK or any other race. So are you hearing me now. AND YOU got white THUGS as well if that what you want to call PEOPLE. And a far as clean hand. Check the history of white American to how spotless your race is .YOU can't put every inch the same pot ..me you did. LET all truth be known so then we judge or be judges. What race or people don't have some issues. God DIDN'T make one. YOU have a good day. Perish j

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

I'm not white, I am an alien. No, not really. But these people make me sick.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Steve I am SO GLAD you see the need to protect yourself from the terrorist on the police force in St. Louis.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

The police in St Louis could stand a little assault. Now, get to your Klan metting.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Oh there is outrage, but no one pays attention. Has it occurred to you that those black gang members are only following the lead of officers like Darren Wilson? Sosko, nice German name. Germans have never done anything illegal right?

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Whatever. At least we are not shooting these assholes when they are unarmed in the back 19 times.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Yeah, Ferguson PD has been well trained in lying and illegal activities. And what music you been listening too? Alan Jackson? Lady Antebellum? If Wilson was so well trained why did he drive off in his vehicle? When is taking part of crime scene away legal? Finish your Kool Aid and move to Afghanistan. No American will miss you.

Jeff Hodges
Jeff Hodges

Yep must be justice for assaulting a police officer. It will come when his buddy gets arrested for murder of his friend

Samantha Lee Crowell
Samantha Lee Crowell

I think it's good that the kids have a role model come to their home town during all of these horrible times in ferguson. I just wish that the role model would be teaching about peace, love,and respect for your fellow human being... In times like this, the last thing these kids need is someone they look up to, encouraging bad behavior.

Travis Holmes
Travis Holmes

As a native St. Louisan/white trash (spent a lot of my childhood in Jeffco, what does that tell you?) now living in Wyoming (I repeat myself), I think his heart is in the right place. All I want is for the anger to at least be somewhat assuaged, and more importantly, for someone or something to police the police. St. Louis is always my home and always in my heart. The fact that the police are being so opaque on the investigation end and so heavy-handed on the enforcement end is utterly ridiculous, and probably unconstitutional. That being said, responding by rioting isn't going to help anything. The police look bad enough in all of this. I don't live there anymore, so please be understanding in your critiques. Just kidding, it's Facebook. Light me up.

Bill Hennig
Bill Hennig

Wow, he has a firm grasp of the obvious...

Pershard J.
Pershard J.

Let me just see how this goes. So the artist who do make a wish foundation, are they any different? I mean they care less about the kids, of course until they are dying. Christian bale went and visited the hospital to see victims of the Colorado shooting, was that a tax right off as well. Finally, to ALL of you black, white, Asian, green, yellow whatever you are people saying they are thugs and taking what's not there's, how many of you take from the government and swipe those ebt cards every month? Huh? Please, I can't hear you. Next time before you judge people make sure your hands are clean.

Justin Meyer
Justin Meyer

Lmao Kim Jones you are cracking me up! You sure are showing those silly redneck crackers. You by far have the best, most concise arguments in this whole post. The way you weave together words like bitch and pussy and fuck into elrgant sentences and throw puncuation in whereever you want is an inspiration. Your mother must be so proud! Keep it up. It's people like you that show the world just how far we have come in the past 50 years. Thank you for being the classiest bitch this side of the Mississippi.

Brian Penn
Brian Penn

So are the victims if abortion!!

Rebecca Anne Yohn
Rebecca Anne Yohn

What about the THOUSANDS of children and women getting beheaded everyday in Iraq by ISIS? Will there be justice for them?

Sean Neuber
Sean Neuber

Yes there has to be justice, so go home and wait for it. How do you justify their actions in retaliation of the tragedy that took place on saturday? No justice, no peace? Well, no peace, no justice either.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

Sharmon Odom and the 12 yo black male who stabbed the 9 yo white kid on the playground


where is the outrage


THE MSM LOVES TO DIVIDE AND KEEP US FIGHTING 


ITS WORKING



moderate whites are turning against the no justice no peace crowd and that is not a good thing



but when OJ was found not guilty when it was obvious he was and the whole race issue was in everyones face


then on to the hate crime laws that subject whites to second class "protection" 


is grating on the sensibilities of good honest moderate white people


AND THEY ARE NEEDED TO DEFEAT THE HARDCORE RACISTS OF ALL RACES WHO ARE IN CHARGE


think about it

Terry Iverson
Terry Iverson

where's the old jeezy maybe his intelligent s is a little above an worms

Larry Schuff
Larry Schuff

Is he talking about the people now unemployed cause you thought it was a great idea to burn and loot a bunch of stores? No. OK, then.

petunia58
petunia58

This guy is known for encouraging riots....Why can't we have some black leaders encouraging peace?  Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon....  RESPECT and KINDNESS..... that is what should be taught and encouraged.

Kim Jones
Kim Jones

IB Lurkin go to hell bitch comment on that redneck

Kim Jones
Kim Jones

Justin M Roehr shut the fuck up pussy

Justin M Roehr
Justin M Roehr

@ Kim Jones my mother is working you should try it sometime!!!

IB Lurkin
IB Lurkin

Kim you are a racist making racist comments. If you cannot be a productive part of society please remove yourself from it lil pumpkin.

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

Why dont they ever talk about how the niggas act uo and dont cooperate with the police. Why is it always the police fault when the niggas dont listen and rebel and cause trounle????? Its bullshit! Taze and beat all the nigga troublemakers.

IB Lurkin
IB Lurkin

He's trespassing, unless Quiktrip gave him permission to be on their lot, is he supressing Quiktrips rights?

Norm Manis
Norm Manis

Justice is they dont have to sit on the back of the bus no more. Sit down shut up and know your roles trouble making niggas!!!!

Leo Johnson
Leo Johnson

I reading all the comments of what white peoples are sayings about BLACK PEOPLES Read. Some of the evils hateful racist comments are BEEN sAid .I don't understand how people have so in them I read all the sites and one I feel are BEENing mad I will check them Look what you wrote about a kid that you didn't know IT could be your daughter.

Wayne Light
Wayne Light

Because you have family does not make you right. Everybody has family. You need a different argument that's all

Leo Johnson
Leo Johnson

Tracey A Mayfield YOU JUST Wait GOD GOING let some things happen to some one in your family then you the you feel. Not for him for your love THAT day and SEE Was sow YOU shall reap

Tracey A Mayfield
Tracey A Mayfield

Leo do you need to use such language to try to get your opinion across?

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

as stated above 


many decent ( not talking about the hardcore racists of any race)


white moderates are fed up with being cast as evil slave holders or


privileged or held out b/c of Affirmative Action and all the other pro black


anti white laws


disguised as justice when its obvious revenge




so its turning moderate whites ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE CHILDREN


OR are being affected by the favoritism shown blacks


its turning them into not so moderates



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