Jeezy Opens Up About Struggles with Depression

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – SEPTEMBER 23: Jezzy speaks onstage during day 2 of Revolt World on September 23, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Nykieria Chaney/Getty Images)

Rapper, Jeezy is opening up about his mental health struggles and how he unknowingly battled them for years.

When visiting the Tamron Hall Show, the rapper revealed that he had depression for about 8 years and did not know.

 “I thought something was wrong with me, thinking I come from poverty, this is just how it is,” he said to the show’s host, Tamron Hall. “I didn’t understand trauma and all these different things so when I started to get the words for it, I started to understand and grab tools, I started to become better.” He continued, “I started my journey and that’s why I’m expressing it and putting it in the book because I didn’t know I was depressed for like eight years of my life straight.”

Jeezy is currently promoting his new memoir, Adversity for Sale, which is a look into his life growing up in the hood and making it out as one of the most respected rappers in the industry. He explains that his trauma came from growing up in the environment of which he did. Seeing his friends abusing drugs or getting killed took a toll on him.

“You wake up and you just want to go back to sleep forever, you know? And I was leaning into my vices. And that’s what street life does to you. You know what I’m saying?” Jeesy said. “When you lose 200, 300, 400 people like gone forever, you just, you get numb. And I wasn’t able to get in touch with my emotions and I was wondering why.”