Young Jeezy’s “Put On” has been a staple of sports hype videos for years, and it remains a popular song for when you need to be sufficiently pumped up, ESPECIALLY when you’re ready to put on for your city.
But for all of its bravado and chest-puffing, there’s something odd in Jeezy’s second verse regarding his relationship with vegetables:
Pocket full of celery, imagine what she tellin’ me
Blowin’ on asparagus, the realest shit I ever smoked
It’s obviously beyond strange to keep your pockets bursting with celery, but to imagine what it might be saying to you? That’s fairly unhinged. And for being a rapper who often talks about smoking weed, Jeezy surely has to understand the difference between smoking marijuana and asparagus, which would have no effect whatsoever, right? What does he know that we don’t?
The next two lines offer some bizarre insight as well:
Ridin’ to that Trap or Die, the realest shit I ever wrote
They know I got that broccoli, so I keep that Glock on me
According to Jeezy, his enemies are all trying to steal his broccoli, which he keeps with him at all times for some reason, much like the celery. What makes his particular broccoli so coveted that someone would be willing to kill Jeezy for it? That’s a mystery, but the more plausible answer is that there’s nothing special about the broccoli, and Young Jeezy is suffering from a dissociative disorder that is not allowing him to separate fantasy from reality. He is trapped in a scenario where he believes everyone is after his supply of broccoli, possibly his celery too and whatever other vegetables he’s hoarding, and he’s willing to kill to protect it.
“Put On” might be a song to get sports fans hyped up, but it’s obviously a call for help, and it’s an absolute shame no one has done anything to help Jeezy ease his suffering.