Known for humid climates and reppin’ territories, the South has developed a slick breath of fresh air with Jody Breeze. The Griffin, Georgia native came on the scene awhile back with Boyz N Da Hood. Yet, he caught on faster with die hard fans hoping to see him debut as a solo artist. With a fierce spit game and sharp writing skills, Jody Breeze will surely be reppin’ territories all over very soon.
Jody Breeze aka “Young Gunna” made a name for himself with Boyz N Da Hood, but before that Jazze Pha recognized him as a solo artist and signed him ASAP. He’s written songs for numerous artists including the late Pimp C and Diddy. This year, he even took home an award from Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) for writing “Come To Me” for Diddy. Clearly, Jody Breeze is defining himself as a true artist. Leaving Jazze’s Sho’nuff after four years created opportunities, not worries. Ballerstatus was there to re-cap and ask “what’s next?” for this already established “Young Gunna.”
BallerStatus.com: How are things going for you?
Jody Breeze: Right now with me, I just got out of my long time situation with Warner Bros./Sho’nuff and I’m shopping a couple places: Sony, Def Jam, Capital, Interscope, Geffen. I’m tryin’ to make this year, my year. It’s just about people believing and goin’ in and doin’ it.
BallerStatus.com: The South has its own style all together. What was it like working with the late Pimp C on “The Honey?” Do you ever feel it’s harder to make a name for yourself in the north and out west?
Jody Breeze: First of all, I want to say R.I.P. to Pimp C and all of that. With the Pimp C thing, he had just got out of prison, he got to the studio with Jazze [Pha], and he liked [“The Honey”] and we sent it to him. I’m the one who came up with that whole idea and that whole concept. I had the hook done; I had my verse on it already. As far as being known and makin’ a name for yourself, I don’t think it’s hard if you got it. If you got it, you got it. If people f***s with you, then you got it. Me personally, that’s what I think.
BallerStatus.com: What’s it been like to be a part of Boyz N Da Hood?
Jody Breeze: It’s been a great experience, especially learning about the industry. It really taught me a whole lot. Being in a group is so different than a solo act. I learned how to be patient and stay humble. They really done a lot for me, I can’t even lie. They showed me a whole different side of the industry, of life too. I gotta move on ’cause I know I got my own fan base and I got my own thing. I’m just tryin’ to get to the money.
BallerStatus.com: There are comparisons of Boyz N Da Hood to N.W.A. What take do you have on that?
Jody Breeze: It’s an honor to be compared to N.W.A. We were never the ones to make that comparison, the streets made it. We just appreciate it and stick to the basics. I think a lot of things we did and the movement we had was so much related to how [N.W.A.] had things goin’ on back then. We had a lot of fun and we kept it real.
BallerStatus.com: Jody Breeze is a unique name, how did you get the nickname “Young Gunna?”
Jody Breeze: It was more like I got it from the members of the group (Boyz N Da Hood). Just my attitude and how I carry myself. As far as Jody Breeze, I got that name from a girl. “Young Gunna” is for the hood. To let n****s know I’m not just a pretty boy, I could be very dangerous. [Jody Breeze] come from the movie “Baby Boy.” She just used to call me “Jody,” everything happens for a reason. I used to wonder why she called me that, now she want a cut on something ’cause she think she gave me a name.
BallerStatus.com: Why do you think your solo album never came out in those four years?
Jody Breeze: Basically ’cause I really had just sacrificed a whole lot of stuff for Boys N Da Hood and my album was suppose to come out before Boys N Da Hood. It just took up a lot of time. We didn’t know what was going to happen. Sho’nuff is more of an R&B label and I’m more of a street cat. We couldn’t really see eye to eye. It’s a new year, time for a new album.
BallerStatus.com: What would be the best “fit” for you as an artist at a new label? What are some things you’re looking for?
Jody Breeze: Just one that’s 100% behind me and willing to promote me. All I need is a little promotion. It’s a wrap, we gonna make it happen.
BallerStatus.com: You’re promoting you’re new single “Crack” right now and you just released a video for “Work” featuring Rick Ross. Tell us a little bit about those songs and what we can expect when you get signed to a new label.
Jody Breeze: “Crack” is something I’m workin’ on right now to keep me goin’ and workin’ on the streets. I try to keep it hood and I also try to do something for the ladies. I try to maintain my status for the labels, so I don’t have to do all that extra sh**. The “Crack” song is doing good. I really just leaked it. I’m just tryin’ to stay busy and keep it movin’. The “Work” song came off my mixtape, Best Kept Secret Volume 3: Patiently Waiting. Me and my partner just wanted to shoot something for the hood to check out to let them know I’m still here. It’s funny ’cause we shot that video in one day. Really he just had his camera and we got it done. I’m just tryin’ to make it a little easier for the label. We gonna make it happen… weigh my options and we gonna make it happen.
BallerStatus.com: How did it feel to win the BMI award for writing “Come to Me” for Diddy?
Jody Breeze: That was a big plus for me. That was my first time ghostwriting for someone. I don’t write nothing down. No paper or pen. It’s a big advantage for me. It’s something I can look back at like “I did that.” I work hard and finally something paid off you know? Keep it movin’. I try to take every opportunity I can get and show what I’m capable of doing.
BallerStatus.com: Give us some words of inspiration for the New Year, new outlook for Jody Breeze.
Jody Breeze: The New Year for me is all about just staying humble and maintaining who I am and staying true to myself. I been doing this for a minute. I done see a whole lot of people come from the bottom, but at the same time, they aren’t remembering where they are coming from. Keep a small circle and stay loyal. Not to just my fans, but also to myself. I want to let everybody know I’m here. I’m not going anywhere and I’m demanding an album out this year and we gonna do it. New Year, new money, that’s my logo.
Look out for me, I’m doing movie roles. I got a watch company I’m about to start. It’s a challenge to me. I don’t mind doing something different, as long as it’s legal and I can make a good profit out of it. I’m all about it. I’m just trying to stay outta trouble and stay free. Look for Boyz N Da Hood, Back Up N Da Chevy. I did the majority of that album. Listen to Gorilla Zoe’s album, Yung Joc I’m on his album and the mixtape Patiently Waiting. If you ain’t got it, go cop it. It’s my album before my album. I want to thank all the Myspace people and the fans. I know I don’t really get a chance to get on that much, but I do know and I do see and I do appreciate it.