101 Things Young Jeezy Taught Us – Words of Wisdom From the Trap

Five years ago today, the world was properly introduced to Jay “Young Jeezy” Jenkins. Though he had created a unprecedented buzz on the streets thanks to his mixtapes Trap or Die and Can’t Ban the Snowman, on July 26, 2005, the trap rapper dropped his debut album, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. On it Jeezy schooled listeners on the code of the streets and motivated the thugs to better themselves. Now after five years and three albums, Young has dropped numerous jewels on hip-hop. In honor of TM101’s anniversary, XXL recalls 101 lessons that rap’s Thug Motivator has taught us over the years. Pay attention.

1. Marble Floors > Cockroaches
“I use to hit the kitchen lights, cockroaches everywhere/Hit the kitchen lights, now it’s marble floors everywhere” — “Thug Motivation 101” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

2. In some situations, schizophrenia can be a good thing
“Psychopathic wordplay, schizophrenic flow/I guess it’s safe to say I got schizophrenic dough.” – “Standing Ovation” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

3. If you sell coke, you probably drink Coke, too
“Fuck wit real niggas that’ll cut ya throat/And they don’t drink Pepsi, they just sell coke.” – “Gangsta Music” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

4. Holes are not just circular; they can vary in size and shape
“Niggas poppin’ off, hope they bullet proof/Leave holes in ya the size of a sunroof.” – “Gangsta Music from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

5. Believe in yourself
“You can do anything you put your mind to, put your grind to.” – “Let’s Get
It/Sky’s the Limit” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

6. Jeezy is a generous tipper
“I give ‘em the squares he give me the bag/I give ‘em the squares he give me the cash/And that’s what the fuck a call an even exchange/And if there’s anything extra you can keep the change.” – “Let’s Get It/Sky’s the Limit” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

7. Luck is when opportunity meets preparedness
“Def Jam, seven figures we can finish the deal/Some say I lucked up I call it perfect timing.” – “And Then What” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

8. Try to familiarize your pallet with varied types of alcohol
“We pop Cris’ my niggas and still drink beer.” – “And Then What” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

9. Real thugs don’t cry
“I guess we got the same dreams, or is it the same nightmares/We let the doves do it for us— we don’t cry tears” — “Soul Survivor” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

10. Obey traffic laws when moving work
“Gotta watch your every move ‘cuz them eyes be on you/Gotta drive real cool when them pies be on you” — “Soul Survivor” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

11. Snitching is not tolerated
“Real talk, Look, I’m tellin’ you, mayne/If you get jammed up don’t mention my name.” — ‘Soul Survivor” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

12. Counting money > Spending money
“A hundred grand on my wrist, yeah life sucks/Fuck the club, dawg, I rather count a million bucks” — “Soul Survivor” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

13. Packing heat gets heavy
“The .45 make my pants sag/Catch me bouncing through the club wit my black flag.” — “Bang” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

14. Disrespect isn’t taken lightly
“Disrespect we gon’ take it there/We 30 deep lil nigga we ain’t fighting fair.” — “Bang” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

15. Outsiders are not welcome
“Peace up, A-town down/If you ain’t from round here dog don’t even come around.” – “Bang” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

16. When at war, don’t hesitate
“Shoot first and ask questions lata’/The answer is it was all about the paper.” — “Last of a Dying Breed” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

17. Thugs don’t make love
“I’m young and thuggin, I don’t give a fuck/He can make love to you, I’ma beat it up” — “Tear It Up” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

18. Gangstas have to pay utility bills too
“It’s kinda hard to be drug-free/When Georgia Power won’t give a nigga lights free.” — “Go Crazy” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

19. Jeezy likes referring to Jeezy as Jeezy in the third person
“When they play that new Jeezy all the dope boys go crazy.” – “Go Crazy” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

20. Gunplay isn’t fun
“Now who the fuck wanna play wit guns?/A lot of holes, a lot of blood dawg, the shit ain’t fun.” — “Go Crazy” from Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

  • T-Mac

    This was disrespectful…Tryna make Jeezy stupid or some shit.

  • Anonymous

    fuck jezzy and the 101 reasons . I need to get 1 reason why your magazine did not review distant relatives. can you do that for me

    • NW ZeuS

      fuck you talkin bout?? Jeezy’s da truth.

  • michael

    please just give me one reason why distant relatives did not get a review in your magazine

  • Sha

    This kind of seemed like a diss…..

    But fuck it. Hip-Hop doesn’t teach me shit. It entertains me.

    MY PARENTS TAUGHT ME!!!!

    Stop looking for hip-hop to teach these dumb niggas. Parents, do your jobs!!!

  • Da Illest

    I learned all this hustling crap in the 90′s. Like Ving Rhames said in Baby Boy ” What you call new is all a fucking rerun to me” lol

  • Jack Devereux

    Fuck this Southern artists. Finally the south is beginning to end. Jeezy is not as popular anyomre and that goes the same for lil Wayne and that bitch T.I That fat Rick Ross nigga never was a platinum artist anyway so he a nobody. My nigga Jay-Z is the only hip hop artist besides Eminem who has managed to go double platinum, let alone 1 platinum in the last year. New York is on its way back. A N.Y artist the only one still relevant after 15 years in the game. New York baby. The South was just a fad. Jay-Z who is a New Yorker can rhyme better than any Southern Country boy. That means New York is the best.

    • Mack

      Jay-Z…the same guy who had two Southern artists on his album (Jeezy and J.Cole).

      Jay-Z…the same guy whose “successful” tenure was based on the rise of Southern artists (Jeezy and Rick Ross).

      Jay-Z…who when he named his OWN top 5 named two Southern artists (Scarface and 3000), one Midwest artist (Eminem), one West Coast MC legend (2pac)..and one DEAD New Yorker (Biggie).

      Seriously, shut the fck up.

    • swype-matic

      You don’t have to get a new alias Capo Status, you sound the same as usual.

    • NW ZeuS

      quit hatin da south. New York been soft ever since Snoop came through n crush da buildin!! Na New York got da top 5 dead or alive and da most hated and under-rated MA NIGGA KILLA!no homo…….50′s wack,same with Escobar600, nigga should just quit rappin, period.Jay aiight.watered down, extra cocky and subliminal but he still aiight.

      New York need to let the youngins in da game like Math Hoffa and A-Mafia.

      Jigga sold da game to da Chi n da A and N.O. M-i-yay-yo, HIP-HOP IS DEAD….in New York!

  • Anonymous

    yall crazy!!! read those lines!!!! jeezy the truth 4 the street cats!!!!!! tm103 on the way!!! lets get it !!!!!!!!1

  • geico lizard

    102. JEEZY IS A FAN OF MAGIC

    “Swear to God the minivan do tricks
    Hit the brakes, hit the lights and wow, there go them bricks”
    -Get Throwed Bun-B,Jeezy,Pimp C and Z-Ro.

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    101 ways 2 bed a bad chick………………..!
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  • Anonymous

    Jay-Z signed Jeezy did he not?

  • http://collaborativelaw.tk Jenna Alvarracin

    Powerful post.