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“One thing I respected about Malcolm X is that he believed in what he believed in. He died believing in it. That’s how feel like I am…”

Fresh off the Tuesday release of his Trap Or Die 2: By Any Means Necessary mixtape, Young Jeezy is stepping up to defend his artistic integrity.

While some avid followers of the snowman may have focused mainly on the music, critics were left wondering why he chose such a controversial photo for his cover.

The cover of the mixtape shows a black and white picture of Jeezy striking the infamous Malcolm X pose and donning glasses like the Black leader.

Now Jeezy is clarifying his decision and says he’s simply trying to pay homage because they both have strong views.

In an interview with MTV News, Jizzle makes his point saying,

“I know a lot of cats are trippin’ off the cover. I tell ‘em like this: You had Martin Luther King, you had Malcolm X. One thing I respected about Malcolm X is that he believed in what he believed in. He died believing in it. That’s how I feel like I am…”

He also adds that he wasn’t trying to compare himself to the Black figure saying,

I would never compare myself to the great Malcolm, but I will die believing in what I believe in. You understand me?”

Check out the rest of MTV’s interview with Jeezy and Don Cannon below.

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