Today in Hip-Hop: Young Jeezy Drops ‘The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102′ Album
On this day, Dec. 12, in hip-hop history...
2006: Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy was already making a name for himself in hip-hop in the early 2000's thanks to his major label debut Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 in '05, but his sophomore album The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102, released on Dec. 12, 2006, proved he was was a "Go Getta" with staying power in the game.
The Inspiration was the follow up to his 2005 hit record, but this time around, Jeezy was determined to gain major radio rotation. Singles from the 16-track album include the triumphant "I Luv It" produced by DJ Toomp, the motivating "Go Getta" featuring R. Kelly and the heartfelt "Dreamin" featuring Keyshia Cole. With each hit single, the raspy-voiced MC with signature bravado began to take over the airwaves.
The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102 debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200, moving 352,000 physical copies in the first week. Da Snowman had worked his magic on hip-hop seemingly out of nowhere. In addition to ruling the charts, The Inspiration enjoyed favorable reviews. In the original XXL album review, the project was said to be "standing ovation."
"Those lampooning Jeezy’s juvenile ad-libs and sordid drug tales need to note that he’s not a rapper—he’s a motivational speaker," wrote Paul Arnold.
As of 2009, the album is certified platinum in sales. Now, ten years later, The Inspiration still stands as a testament to Jeezy's transformative power and ability to simultaneously hold down the streets and grab the radio. Check out how The Inspiration ranks in Jeezy's total discography here.
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