With Young Jeezy getting ready to release the sequel to his seminal Trap or Die mixtape this week, XXLMag.com chopped it up with the host of the project, DJ/producer Don Cannon, to get all the pertinent details.
Cannonâ€™s former Aphilliates partner DJ Drama, who helmed the original mixtape, was initially supposed to hostÂ Trap or Die 2. But according to Cannonâ€”who left the Aphilliates in 2008â€”a scheduling conflict prevented Drama from handling the project. â€œI think there was time constraints,â€ he said. â€œAnd Jeezy wanted to have it put out pretty quickly because itâ€™s [part] of the promo of the album.â€
As to how he was brought on board, Cannon said he happened to be working on the Snowmanâ€™s upcoming album,Â Thug Motivation 103. â€œI think he needed a lilâ€™ help picking some songs and doing a couple of things,â€ he shared. â€œSo in the midst of me doing his albumâ€¦ he was like, â€˜You know what, you might as well host this joint.â€™ So from there, once he said that, you know, I was downâ€¦ I picked the music [and] I put the whole marketing/viral thing together for it.â€
Cannon revealed a star-studded guest list forÂ TOD2, which includes Bun B, Scarface, Trick Daddy and Birdman. But the track that he predicts will be the â€œsleeper of the yearâ€ is Jeezyâ€™s song with Clipse. â€œEverybodyâ€™s gonna talk about [it]â€¦thatâ€™s a big record,â€ he explained. â€œâ€™Cause I donâ€™t know anybody that can talk that street mentality talk other than him and them. So for them to collab on a track thatâ€™s really important.â€
On the production tip, Cannon recruited longtime Jeezy associate Shawty Redd, Drumma Boy and of course he provided one of his own beats for the song â€œD Boys.â€
He said, while there are mostly original songs on the disc, YJ dropped verses over Snoopâ€™s â€œI Wanna Rock,â€ Trey Songzâ€™s â€œSay Ahhâ€ and Birdmanâ€™s â€œPlay Ball.â€