Thug Motivation 103


Young Jeezy has always dropped jewels in his music and while the casual listener (read: hater) will tell you different, all you need to do is check the Trap Star’s resume. Peep “Talk to ‘Em” (aka THE GREATEST JEEZY SONG EVER) or The Inspiration off the second album and I dare you to tell me different. But for those who’re still frontin’ on Da Snowman he offers The Recession. XXL got a chance to preview some tracks before the album drops on September 2nd. – Rob the Music Ed

After a dramatic intro, the soulful beat gives way to deep dark synths which inspire Jeezy’s true-to-life gems like: “Wish I had some money I might buy some better luck

Crazy World
If you didn’t catch this one yet you’re sleepin’, check the bangers section of XXLMAG.COM and get ya late pass. This track definitely sets the tone on what to expect from Jeezy this time out when he spits, “I want a new Bentley my auntie need a kidney/And if I let her pass her children never will forgive me.” Remember ya’ll rappers don’t have health insurance. Crazy world indeed.

Jeezy himself describes it as a trap star anthem and this track is more in the tradition of “I Luv It” or “And Then What.” I definitely gotta hear this one a few more times before I totally dismiss it but it didn’t stand out at all.

“A Hustlers Ambition”
The concept on this joint seems to stem from Pac’s “Ambitionz Az a Ridah,” without being a straight jack. The synth keys and staccato drums will make this a block favorite for sure. One of the stand out lines was when Young said, “Criminal mind state/Nobody gave us shit that’s why we grind weight.” Simple yet effective.

The homie Don Cannon went IN on this beat, sampling the same song that Dilla sampled for Steve Spacek’s “Dollar” (Shout to the Timmhotep the God from Squeeze Radio- great catch homie). The soulful track has a bounce like no other and is like nothing we’ve ever heard from Da Snowman. Then Jeezy drops thought provoking lines like, “Got me lookin’ at my stash like where the fuck the rest at/Lookin’ at my watch like that’s a bad investment” and “Gas higher than me/Shit I’m tryna see.” If CTE and Def Jam really wanted to fuck up the game, this would be a single!

Now Jeez takes a lot of heat. A lot of folks credit him with killing hip-hop, so before he played this joint he gave an impassioned speech about how he came up on Big L and Method Man. And while the ATLien isn’t the most skilled lyricist, he does have a certain way of getting his points across. He even plays devil’s advocate on the rack spittin’, “Young killed hip-hop/Don’t you know this dumb nigga still talkin’ crack rock.” The song sounds dope, can’t wait to hear it again because I’m sure there is shit that I missed!

“My President’s Black”
The melodic keys on this joint sets the perfect tone for Jeezy to wax poetic about Obama. But one particular line stuck out to me since I’m the proud father of two boys; “I woke up this mornin’ headache this big/Pay all these damn bills, feed all these damn kids.”

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    Jeezy doin big, can’t wait to cop the album.

    • YO


  • Hey

    First day cop fa sheezy. I still miss the BMF days, though.

  • dj nice wit it

    nigga wil never be a lyricist. Hes an adlibb rapper. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz yyyyyyeeeeeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    • GratiotJones

      I was sleepin on jeezy at first thinkin he was just another atlanta rapper,but ever since he’s been out he’s done nothin but get better everytime…I wouldn’t be surprised if The Recession is the 2nd best album out this(it’ll be damn near impossible 2 top Nas)

    • Ryan Ramos

      man.. yall aint kno bout jeezy and da dudez strugglez.. the rapper is up an comin so shut yall mouth. hes muh favorite and da dude is a g. yall cant touch his style.. he too nasty.

  • Rosco

    Guaranteed classic!

  • Hi Power


  • hec44

    yo the truth is jeezy is top 5 rappers out there

  • John Brown

    Seriously this is a REVIEW? GTFOH!!!

    ***Still gonna cop it though. Hope that “PUT ON” remix is on it though.***

    • Rob The Music Ed

      reading is fundamental homie.

      • John Brown

        Oh ok my bad homie…

      • John Brown

        BTW, Rob can you send me that preview cd then?

  • Phil

    I’ll admit I’m still a cynic, but some of those lines did raise my left brow, lol…maybe, just maybe, there’s hope for this cat.

  • The_Truth

    **Hooks and Image—-that’s all you need—-hooks and image in “hip hop” today**

  • Pierzy

    I’d rather have one of those angry snowman t-shirts than the album, but that’s just me…

  • 619

    So dj nice wit it said Crooked was garbage and now he talking shit about Jeezy, but he’s up top on Lloyd Bank’s song kissing ass. Now I know for sure he’s from New York. The Units been over for a hot one. Give it up, New York doesn’t have anything to look forward to. If Jada doesn’t come out by Christmas you’ve got nothing for the rest of the year.

    • Rob The Music Ed

      Blueprint 3 BABY!

      • 619

        I said for the rest of the year. Let’s be real, Jay doesn’t even got a release date set. We all know that when rappers first talk about releasing an album nowadays that shit’s not gonna drop for at least half a year.


    if ya’ll think this is a classic, i cant wait to hear what you say about that joe budden ablum.

  • yungboi

    this shit gon be classic

  • Peru

    I probably wont get this but it will probably be pretty good. I wasnt a Jeezy fan at all when he debuted but I see progression as his career moves forward so now I’m a slight fan. If I wanted jewels dropped on me I’d talk to a 70yr old man that has been through life, not a FUCKIN RAPPER!!! And I got point out the review quoting Jeezy’s lyrics…PLEASE DONT DO THAT AGAIN!!! You are making an argument that this is gonna be a great album yet you’re pointing out Jeezy’s greatest weakness, his lyrical talent. Its getting way better, but “I woke up this mornin’ headache this big/Pay all these damn bills, feed all these damn kids”….NEGRO SUPER NIGGA PLEASE!!!

  • kay king

    i got ur back jeezy thug motivation 103 iz gonna b straight up fiiiiiiiiiiiiire no doubt abt dat ya diiiiiiiig.

  • K.ola

    so you actually think Jezzy can out spit banks…

    he has a better flow… and he stands on his own…

    and opicks way better beats…

    but dude cant see banks…

    jeezy top 5….

    the unit just sold wayyyyyyyyyy more records than jeezy’s group… so that must mean that USDA is dead also DTP,PSC…

  • Left

    Real Talk this shit could be a classic like the first one. But TM102 was one of the worst albums i have heard in a min. I’m not a big fan of throwing Cd’s out the whip but 102 got tossed somewhere in Va on I95. The CTE album was also very disapointing. I gave that shit away. I’m not going to make this mistake again. I’ll burn it and if this shit bangs then i’ll cop.

  • DJ Daddy Mack

    hmmmmmmmm. we shall c sir.

  • Mic240

    First Jeezy album I’ll cop.

  • daaamn

    I just had to drop in right fast and give props to Rob for sayin “Talk to Em” is the best Jeezy song ever. I have to agree a gazillion fuckin percent. What da bidness iz!

  • Goon

    Like I told ya before jeezy the shit he the hottest out right now I don’t give a fuck wat any body got 2 say this album gonna be gangsta fuck everybody else out right now even wayne

  • Ronnie jones

    Jeezy has improved a lot since he first came out. The Inspiration was not his best but it was still was an approval album. This one he has sounds interesting and we don’t hear much of the political side of him.
    The Streets is in trouble, Families are in trouble, Music is in trouble, Everyone is in some hot mess. What better way to call your 3rd album
    The Recession cause We’re in it right now.

    I will listen to the CD but from what I see this will be very interesting to hear. I’m a hip hop artist as well and I make “REAL” music that’s dealing with reality issues. I applaud Jeezy for this album because we’re gonna
    finally hear what Young Jeezy really has to say besides Drugs and Toughness in the street.

  • BKC

    Yo Jeezy the MF Shit man, He the best rapper out there. Thug motivation 103 is obviously the best album for 09. DJ Folk’s: Trappin ain’t dead is crazy man. Jeezy forever man. He is the trend setter. The realest. Lot of doubters out there. But the numbers be insane. Translator, on the Prime Minister album is my favorite track,crazy man. Who doesn’t wanna rap alongside jeezy. Everybody man Everybody. Can’t wait to hear more in upcoming years, 2010,2011,2012…..

  • 702

    jeezy still doing it but that nig do any more blasts on gucci mane and im dismissing him for awhile cuz dj folk’s mixtape was hot but its not seeing gucci mane’s mixtape stuff,like “first day out”,id like to see a lil more on that trap side with the pricing and actual weight still being dealt. I feel jeezy’s kinda..i dunno hes hot but my nig gucci right now.. jeezy i hope kills it with thug motivation 103,ive been impressed with all his work so far i just wish we could see more..

  • 724

    gucci is garbage

  • i11wi11

    i agree wit 724. gucci is way garbage. point blank period. he’s one of those where i would rather listen to his instrumentals. on the other hand, i’ve been listenin to jeezy since he was Lil J. what yall know about that huh?? true fan shit right here. i’m buyin TM 103 as soon as it drops

  • onysik22

    The Recession is NOT Thug Motivation 103. Listen to Dj Folk/Young Jeezy/CTE’s Trappin Ain’t Dead mixtape, where Jeezy repeatedly says, “Thug Motivation 103 on the way”. Or look up the listing at amazon or something. Either way, don’t get it twisted like you seem to have done here.


    Jeezy better bring it on this Album or I aint fuckin with that nigga shit no more……The Inspiration was garbage and the recession was garbage….That nigga need to say fuck commercial and come with that street shit like is 1st album…..That’s what niggas wanna here…

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