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Young Jeezy
The Inspiration

youngjeezy.jpgYoung Jeezy’s success wasn’t supposed to happen. His 2003 indie debut, Come Shop Wit’ Me, went mostly unheard, but his persistent mixtape grind led to a deal with Def Jam. Despite the hype, his first major label single, “Over Here,” was ignored by radio and video in 2004. Within a year’s time, however, Da Snowman had blanketed both mediums with anthemic music, resulting in a platinum plaque for Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. Now, with his re-up disc, The Inspiration, Jeezy tries to get another 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. Amid Shawty Redd’s triumphant horns and woofer-busting 808s on “U Know What It Is,” the trap star explains his appeal: “I gave ’em my heart/They lend me they ears/The best gangsta shit that you heard in years.” Proof of these proclamations lies in gutter cuts like the Timbaland-produced “3 A.M.” and the ominous “Bury Me a G.”

Enlisting R. Kelly for hook support on “Go Getta,” Jeezy also showcases his knack for crafting commercial fare without forsaking his thugged-out mystique. Responsible for the previous track’s thumping synths, the Runners switch up their signature screwed vocal–driven sound again for the Keyshia Cole–assisted “Dreamin’.” Over sweeping strings and spacey keys, Jeezy offers insight into his complicated relationship with his mother (“She addicted to the high, I’m addicted to the cash/Almost put my hands on her when I caught her in my stash”).

Despite the aforementioned notable tracks, The Inspiration does have plenty of uninspired material. Adhering to a musical arch that relies heavily on similar gothic organs and horns, the songs, at points, begin to sound the same. Jeezy also occasionally pens the overly simplistic hook that fails to hit its mark (for example, those on “Keep It Gangsta” and “J.E.E.Z.Y.”). Without building off of his original blueprint, Jeezy fails to motivate many new listeners and winds up stuck in the trap. —PAUL W. ARNOLD

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Read the rest of XXL’s Critical Beatdown review section in the XXL’s March 2007 issue (#89)

  • Three4

    Thug Motivation 101 was a lot better than this one…

  • Atl’s own

    this album should have gotten a XXL
    because it is fie!

    plus it was a 100 times betta than ghostface leftovers which sum how got a XL!

    for real it is to much grade inflation going on at XXL and gettin a XL is like being slightly below average like C-

  • jalfred

    Atl’s Own u right this album was straight fire. This should be xxl. I don’t know what the fuck XXL was thinking when they rated this shit L.

  • Jimmsters

    i purchased this album and i wasnt pleased and ghostfaces CD was WAY WAY WAY better then this shit

  • Yun

    but this sounds WAY WAY WAY better in my car than ghostfaces, all music has a purpose, ghostface is headphone deep-thought music, Jeezy is for bangin that shit out ya trunk while you cruisin and shit

  • derfla the hus’la

    had a few bangers but that was it.

  • HQ

    This album should’ve gotten a XL. It was better than Hustler’s P.O.M.E. & More Fish. I guess ya’ll still sleeping on the south. I guess ya’ll don’t get the basics.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Yeah Im Young Yeah Im Fly

    W.H.A.T.?????????? Whats wrong with you sucas This Album is the best i have heard from Jeezy

  • ATOWN

    U CANT B SERIOUS…I MEAN LIKE I AINT GOIN FRONT IT AINT BETTA THEN THA FIRST ONE BUT THA SHIT IS HOT THA ONLY RECORD THAT I WONT LISTEN TO IS THAT GO GETTA SHIT BUT THA REST MAN HE KILL IT ITS YA BOI MR.17.5 MY BOI JEEZY TOL U HE’D B RITE BAC HA HA N HE CAME RITE BAC PUT IT THIS WAY MOS PEOPLE GO BUY THA NEX ALBUM BASED ON THA LAST MOTAVATION 101 WAS FIRE SO THA INSPIRATION 102 DEBUT AT #1 SO GUESSS WAT MOTAVATION 103 GOIN B TO N U CANT DO NOTTN BOUT IT JEEZY CD REALLY THA ONLY IONE DOPE BOYS GO OUT N PAY FOR…U KNO WAT THA PROBLEM IS U GOT THEM FUCK WHITE BOIS DOIN THESE REVIEWS LET A REAL LISTNER WHO OUT HERE N THESE STREETS N LET EM RITE THEM REVIEWS

  • http://deleted jharp

    i mean damn XXL. I AGREE I THOUGHT IT WAS BETTER THAN MORE FISH, WHICH IS LOST TRACKS FROM FISHSCALE. THE ALBUM IS BETTER THAN NAS ALBUM ALSO. IM FROM CALI SO ITS NOT A SOUTH VS EAST BIAS. OH YEAH AND ITS 10 TIMES BETTER THAN TRICK DADDY. RE-DO THE REVIEW ON JEEZY ALBUM.

  • JeRSeY ReSiDeNT

    THiS iZ KiNDA ACCURATE…ii THiNK iF I HAD TO RATE iT I’D GiVE iT A 3.5/5…WiT THUG MOTiVATiON BEiN A 4/5

  • Sin-cere

    Should have gotten and Xl. much better than ghostface album and Im a ghostface fan too. Jeezy was robbed..Just str8 south hate…

  • marcus

    ye thats bullshit, specially with saigon and ghostface gettin xl. jeezy got jacked.

  • RED EYE

    i think this album deserve fuck M this album was pretty simplistic if you asked me. and no different from thug motovation 101

  • SourceOne

    Another overrated Southern rapper with average mic skills. Nothing special.

  • GOT DAMN!

    why be mad this nigga shit got l and ghost got xl? ghost gone outshine this dude everytime just because his music is structured not that same 1,2,1,2 shit you get from the snowman keep it real whats the difference between thug motivation and the inspiration

  • Hurricane Game

    xxl always occasionally slip an L rating just so not every albums gets xl’s.
    Poor Review.

  • Dysmay

    real talk XXL Jeezy should have gotten a XXL on his album reveiw that shit go hella hard and niggas should be able to relate becuase he talk about shit we go through

  • Dysmay

    ……

  • Dysmay

    real talk jeezy shit should have gotten a better review then that at least a XL. He way better then half of these fake mutha fuckas out here

    ~1 Hun~

  • Tuc Town D

    Wait! Ya’ll gave Jim Jones a XL (lol) and Young Jeezy Thug Motivation 102 a L. I guess my Source subscribtion will be renewed this month!

  • http://www.myspace.com/rvfent Motive

    shouldve got an xl imo

  • http://www.xxlmag.com SHANK5

    yeah, who tha fuk did this review? and whoeva did needs my fukn a-dogs right up there fukn ass. somebody git these old niggaz outta there.

  • sousthside Atl dopeboi

    jeezy album fire shawty

  • crown vee

    jeezy iz one of tha hottest rap niggaz in tha game today yall betta get it right im a dirty south gunshine state nigga to tha fullest and i like alot of up north eastcoast music but lets be real jeezy and ghost are in two different genres of rap and thats how it should be every rapper aint suppose to be tha same when you wanna hear that new york shit with them smooth ass beats and those lyrical skillz pop in a nigga like ghost when you wanna hear them trunk rattlin beats and d-boy lyrics pop in a nigga like tha snowman it is what it is it depends on your mood but its all representing this hip-hop thang

  • KrooX

    HAHAAAA… that shit is straight up nonsence!!! Jeezy’s album is one of the hottest that came out last year and ya’ll giv’em a L rating?!? …and futheron ya’ll fuck it up by givin everybody else an XL… Daaaammmnn!

  • Stax On Deck

    Thug Motivation: 101 was better than this. Jeezy still that nigga. The first album was alot more grittier than this 1. Hell Trap Or Die was better than this 1, but I still fux wit da homie Jeezy.
    NOW WHERE IS THE REVIEW OF THE DOCTOR’S ADVOCATE???

  • THE REALEST

    I RESPECT EVEYONE OPINION

    IF U LIKE JEEZY OR NOT

    THE ? IZ, WOULD U FEEL JEEZY IF HE WAS FROM YONKERS STATEN ISLAND OR SOUTH SIDE JAMAICA QUEENS?

    THERE IZ THIS EPIDIMIC THT IZ SPREADING ACROSS THE EASTCOAST AND THE VIRUS IZ MORE CONTAGIOUS THN HIV

    ITS CALLED ……….HATING!!

    8 OUT OF EVERY 10 NIGGAZ ON THE EASTCOAST HAVE THIS SHIT

    WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC, ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SUPERIOR LYRICIST?

    OR A TIGHT AS LP

    SURE NAS, JAY Z, AND LILWAYNE ARE TIGHT LYRICIST

    BUT THEIR ALBUM CAN’T FUCK WITH JEEZY SHIT!!

    I WANT THT ANTHEMIC MUSIC THT I COULD BUMP ON MY I-POD EVERY WHERE

    THT HEAD BOBBING SHIT

    DON’T GET ME WRONG

    I GOT “KINGDOM COME”, “HIP HOP IS DEAD”, & “THE CARTER”

    BUT THOSE LP’S JUST DON’T HAVE THT COMPLETE BLEND OF ALL FACETS OF A COMPLETE ALBUM

    LISTEN SUCKERS!!!

    I DIDNT SAY THIS WAS A COMPLETE ALBUM

    THE LAST ONE IN HIP HOP WAS “THE FIX” BY SCARFACE

    SO IF JEEZY NOT A LYRICIST & THT WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.

    THAN GO WATCH THE “FIGHT KLUB” WHERE NIGGAZ WHO BATTLE RAP WITH CATCHY PUNCH LINES SPIT OUT GOOD LYRICS

    AND NEVER FLOURISH IN THE INDUSTRY CAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO MAKE AN LP

    ASK JIN FOR EXAMPLE

    SO IF JEEZY NOT A LYRICIST THN WHAT EVER HE IZ HE MAKES A GANGSTA ALBUM

  • THE REALEST

    THE NIGGA AD LIBS OFF DA CHAIN!!!!

    THAT’S RIIIIIIGHT!!!

    YEEAAAAH!!!

    OKAAAAAAAY!!!

  • THE REALEST

    DAAAAMMMN!!!!

    EASTCOAST HATERS

  • Bonafide

    For all u ppl outraged that Clipse got higher ratings than Wayne and Jeezy, saying “its all coke rap” they shouldnt put the clipse that high there are reasons clipse got XXL. For one the production is amazing and VERSATILE. Wayne/Baby and Jeezy CD’s production sounds exactly the same, specially Like father like son. TMIX and DJ Nasty provide the bulk and all of the beats sound the same. Jeezy has the protypical D-Boy beats and producers (DJ Toomp, Don Cannon, The Runners, Cool & Dre, etc) And Clipse have more substance, they find new and creative ways to depict the drug life. Jeezy has ZERO substance on Inspiration. Its almost predictable. Tracks like “I Got Money” & “Keep It Gangsta” & “U Know What It Is” are nowhere near creative. So XXL definitely has a great rating system and they got Jeezy’s Album right it deserves an L (3.5 if u convert to stars) XXL rating system is one of the best and way more credible than the Source (Hell Hath no Fury 4 mics Kingdom Come 4.5 mics?) anyway thats all. 1

  • reggie-red

    how many times can you rap about money,hustling,and woman. since when the fuck does a snowman look manly. he is up in public bragging about dealing. but turn around and say he wanna make the ghetto a better place. everyone needs to open there eyes. we heard this same shit 5-10 years ago from cash money.

  • http://xxlmag.com I should be a bloger at xxlmag

    sadly enough Reggie-red is right im tired of hearing the same thing from jeezy im just as the same as every other jeezy fan but if he can’t become diverse on the next cd im sure everyone will become tired of him most of his fans left look at his record sales

  • thecoolguy

    man i heard this album its wack all the tracks sound the same and go gettas is a sad copy of soul survivor

  • pill

    this album is off da chain 4 get dem haterz out there there

  • Antagonist

    this album sucks

  • Antagonist

    terrible album

  • DJ Q

    see new york y’all be hat’in it wasn’t better than other album but it deserve an xxl Fuck east coast southern take over i’ll make a magazine in da south and we’ll give ya’ll low rating ya’ll will be Mad then

  • nbNY

    yo im from ny and i dont give a fuck this album is crack all u haters need to fall back jeezy da muthafuckin realest

  • thecoolguy

    ayo q u a fag i like jeezy im just speaking the truth bout this album it sounds just like his first 1, i like wayne, and chamillionaire and scarface and alot of other southern dudes so why u gotta say fuck the east coast aint nobody diss the south

  • http://XXLmag.com P.I.M.P C

    the album was great but the gangsta grillz was better.

  • immortal man

    jeezy platinum bitches, let some more hating begin

  • Owen

    If they rated more fishes a XL well this deserves a classic XXL but and i dont know what critics look and listen for this is more suited for in the car and club but u can still enjoy it thru the headphones

  • http://www.xxlmag.com mike from the wood

    man what the hell wrong with this rating

  • YOUNG STUNNA

    how did this get an l and hip hop is dead get an xl

  • dc marc

    young jeezy is a very nice guy

  • Dot

    I know Jeezy album ws hot but yaw got to show a little more respect for Nas and Ghostface because honestly there would be no Jeezy if it wasn’t for Mcs like them. Oh and by the way I’m from the North.

  • http://www.scratchmagazine.com Powder

    Should have been XL.

  • THAT BOY DIZZ

    jeezy= platium
    nas=700,000-900,000
    ghost face-N/A

  • stackbands

    wow so many hatas the man is bout his bread and we love him in the south keep stackn jeezy let them bustas run they mouth

  • DEREK

    Def Jam put out a two videos for an album that probably won’t even go gold. It’s been out almost three months already and sold about 200,000 to date, another flop. That’s not gonna net the label much $$$$.

  • Stax On Deck

    Derek WTF is you smoking on?? Jeezy is Platinum plus. He is heading 2x Platinum. Do some research b4 you start making Ignorant Statements Like The One You Just Made…

  • DEREK

    Some of the best homegrown haze. His 2ND album hasn’t even gone gold yet. I know my shit, u should check hits daily double before you get cute next time. Silly bastard.

  • supaxfreshxdude

    jeezy is garbage man. i hated the cd. he says he’s not a rapper so he needs to just let it go and be a ‘trapper’ as he calls himself.

    nas > young jeezy

  • Cadd-illac

    Ha! you suck young cheezy! Nas beat you on sales, your a wack rapper period

  • DJQ

    fuck-u CADD-ILLAC i’ll beat muthafuckin ass