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Young Jeezy, TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition

With much of the blogosphere saying he lost it, the streets feening for some motivation and longtime fans looking for reasons to believe again, Young Jeezy has been in unfamiliar territory for the last two years. For the first time since entering the game with street classics Trap Or Die and Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, Jizzle’s once secure spot as The People’s Champ was coming into question. Fast forward through months of broken release dates, a quasi-beef with a certain other Def Jam artist, and returning the Real with DJ Drama on two well-received mixtapes, and Da Snowman has returned to silence talk of a demise on the soundtrack to his comeback story, TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition.

The highly anticipated threequel in the Thug Motivation series finds Jeezy—confident as ever—making an emphatic reemergence, carrying a feeling of revival from 2005′s Let’s Get It, sprinkled with moments of growth and realization.

“They waiting, they waiting,” echoes Jeez as the blaring intro (fittingly titled “Waiting”) cracks open the class. Confident as ever, Da Snowman reintroduces himself and brushes off the skeptics roaring, “I made it this far, a fool with my foolish pride/Look at me, what you see? A fool and his foolish ride/Y’all know damn well I wouldn’t lettin’ you niggas down/Just to sit back and watch you led by these fuckin’ clowns/Four albums in, niggas still talking this real shit/Three classics in, nigga, and that’s on some real shit.” Produced by burgeoning beatsmith, Lil Lody—who crafted eight tracks on the album—the intro rises to expectations, offering the same sort of anthemic feel that consumes the openers to plenty of Jeezy’s projects.

On the raucous “Just Like That,” Mr. 17.5 (if those numbers are still correct) wears his bravado on his sleeve as he flaunts his partygoer ways over the Drumma Boy produced street banger, bellowing, “I’m the life of the party, bring the party some life/You know I’m dead-ass serious/Why? Cause I said it twice/We talking straight suicide, we taking shots to the head/Must be drinking amnesia, ’cause I forgot what I said.” With the chilling “OJ”—accentuated with piano keys—the self-assuredness is kicked up another notch as Jeezy, along with featured guests Fabolous and Jadakiss, flood the street-fantasia with coke braggadocio and luxury raps.

On such an anticipated project, the Trapper-turned-Thug Motivator delivers an appeasing body of work that was indeed worth the wait. From the chest-pumping “Nothing,” to the standing-on-the-couch club tinged anthem “Way Too Gone” (with Future), not to mention the tranquilizing “Higher Learning” (alongside Snoop Dogg and Devin the Dude), the album offers a cogent dose of everything, while still managing to not feel all over the place. Longtime fans may have a problem with the radio-ready “Leave You Alone” (featuring Ne-Yo), but Jizzle actually sounds comfortable, and he makes up for any transgressions on the insatiable “All We Do (Smoke & Fuck).” Infused with a flurry of ardent go-getta beats (“Everythang”) and, well, motivation, TM:103 does captures the essentia of his prior albums. Offering the fire of TM101, the rollick -and-celebration of TM102 and the rowdiness of The Recession, the album is more effective than ineffective, far more energetic than boring.

Another highlight comes with the inspiring “Trapped” (next to Jill Scott)—where Jeezy offers some of the realist shit he ever wrote over J.U.S.T.I.C.E League’s lurching backdrop (“I’ve been cursed since the day this Earth earthed me/I been cursed since the day my momma birthed me/And how did I get here in the first place?/Oh, that’s right the trap was my birthplace”) and the soulful exuberance cooing “I Do” featuring Jay-Z and Andre 3000.

Despite the abundance of features (twelve), Snow’s fourth studio album is indeed a win. It’s not glutted with a blizzard of coke boasts like his previous projects in the TM series, and offers a little more variety than just street cuts. But rest assured, the album is filled with anthems that’ll have you riding around your hood all day with your gun shit. So is Da Snowman back? It feels like he never left. —Ralph Bristout (@RalphieBlackmon)

  • scott

    fair review

  • http://twdrapreviews.blogspot.com that white dude

    so hyped for this check out my review coming up as soon it drops tomorrow twdrapreviews.blogspot.com

  • james

    WAITING 1/5 IM STILL FKIN WAITIN
    JUST LIKE THAT 2/5
    OJ 4/5 SOLID FROM ALL 3
    NOTHING 0/5 I GAVE IT NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING LOOL
    WAY TOO GONE 3/5 IF FUTURE WERNT ON IT WUD PROB B 4 OR 5
    SUPAFREAK 2/5 AGAIN IF 2CHAINZ WERNT ON IT MAYB A 3
    ALL WE DO 3/5 I GAVE IT 3 JUS FOR THE BEAT I LIKE MIDNITE BLACK
    LEAVE YOU ALONE 2/5 WEAK AS HELL
    EVRYTHING 2/5
    TRAPPED OR TRAP?? 2/5 POOR FROM JUSTICE LEAGUE
    FAME 5/5 BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM FOR ME
    I DO 4/5
    HIGHER LEARNING 4/5 BEST SNOOP VERSE IVE HEARD IN AGES
    THIS ONES FOR YOU 3/5 JUS FOR TDD
    38 2/5
    BALLIN 0/5 WORST SONG IVE EVER HEARD NO WAIT ALL WHITE EVERYTHING WAS BUT STILL CLOSE ENUF
    LOSE MY MIND 2/5 LOSE PLIES U MITE AVE A DECENT SONG
    NEVER B THE SAME 3/5

  • $yk

    cd is fuego…

    on the real a lot of you fell for the gossip and counted son out…he ain’t put out a dud album yet…and yeah I’m talking about this one in that…

    * goes 2 BAYTL review *

    • jonny bizness

      Agreed $yk album is dope maybe a bit too many features but sounds cohesive which is rare I’ve been banging Nuthin like crazy since the leak dropped.i will cop this most def and I watched the doc on him which was good especially all the charity he does Jeezy is a humble dude from what i saw.Merry xmas people

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    Solid review and solid album. ITs a lot of features but they work and keep in mind dude paid for this joint. It shows his connections and the respect from his peers.

    I respect this album and jeezy more than ever before because he was on the verge of taking that next leap on after the recession and doubled back for his core audience. not too many MCs willing to put their career on the line like that.

  • CaponeMOB

    like i said before,he got 8 FUKIN LIL LODY BEATS,im good on that shit.his beats are trash he sounds too MUCH like lex luger,which by the way he’s trash as well OVERRATED. thats enuff for me to not buy the album or EVEN downloaded for FREE.
    how you gon let a garbage producer produce half yo album? he’s fuckin DR DRE or some shit? thats like havin T-PAIN on half yo album. why he just dint stick too shawty redd,dj toomp,DON cannon,justice league? for that matter he should just had justice league produce half the album they are much better then that triple time snare dumb sub-bass garbage.
    theres probaly only goin to be like 2 good cuts on the album,
    XL for LYRICS? c’mon XXL yall are bullshitin,so who gets XXL lyrics rating in yall world? cuz even lil wayne got an XL for lyrics,i love jeezy but he should get a LARGE for lyrics at BEST.
    lil wayne also. i think your rating system is TERRIBLE. you all rate down south albums,a diffrent way that other albums from other regions get rated,my problem is that YALL should tell the public yall do this shit,cuz it just confuses the fans.
    how am i suppose to take your rating system serious when yall would give a NAS album an XL for lyrics but yall give lil wayne an XL also. get yall shit straight. terrible…SMH
    and he supposdly is the best rapper alive.

    • sMb

      @ cap.Mob… First off NONE of the Lody tracks sound the same on the standard edition. Oj, Waiting, Nothin, This Ones For You dont sound alike. Second you DONT have to purchase the deluxe w| Ballin nd .38 Lody traks. How can you say it sounds the same when you haven’t even listened???

  • sad

    so according to xxl, young jeezy and lil waynes lyricism are on the same level as common’s. according to xxl, this album is on the same level as undun and The Dreamer, The Believer. XXL is afraid to give anything a XXL and will give anything thats even remotely good to classics an xl, hence having the roots and young jeezy put into the same category. smh…

    • Rusty-James

      I think they are XL in their own genres. For Jeezy’s market, hes XL, for the Roots market, they are XL.

  • ADECATURG

    I do not understand the rating system. I am a diehard Jeezy Fan, didnt have to hear it before buying it. Loyal fan! But this is not a near classic, since thats what an XL rating means. This is by far his worst effort. I think Jeezy wasted to many album cuts on his mixtapes. Everyone deserves a “Kingdom Come” moment, but at this moment and time, it was the wrong time. We are nolonger producing quality material in Atlanta anymore (i.e Solid Retail CD’s not Mixtapes), no wonder why so many regions and clicks have taking over our airways. Watch the Throne and Take Care were the best retail CDs of the year, hands-down.

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  • Young Breezy

    Snowman’s back B*tch!!! This could have easily been XXL in my opinion….All around solid album….Can’t f*ck with TM101 but thats not whats supposed to happen either…artists have to find a way to put a new style on what they are known for….The features on this seemed to work well even the one with Jill Scott…LOL….Album was hard and the doc was cool too….Jeezy is once again one of my Fav’s……With all the new talent coming into the Rap game….You truly gotta be solid to secure your spot…..and with 103 I think he did it…..Too many haters bumpin they gums on this site…#TM103!

  • alderman j

    JEEZY STAYED DOWN FOR HIS REAL FANS!!!THATS ALL THAT MATTERS!!!

  • Artistik

    Waiting 3/5 it was a cool intro, but it failed my expectations cuz usually he never fails in introductions…TM101,TM102, RECESSION, REAL IS BACK 1 & 2
    Just Like That 3/5 In my opinion the weakest track on the album
    OJ 4/5 Sick beat the flows are solid overall good album choice
    Nothing 4/5 Now this is a fuckin banger this is my new spark a blunt turn up the bass, track in the whip
    Way Too Gone 4/5 This is that kick back soulful type track that you expect from jeezy’s albums
    Supafreak 5/5 This is that keep smokin that blunt muthafucka cuz this track goes hard
    All We Do 4/5 You know there isnt gonna be only one kickback song son,
    Leave You Alone 3/5 I was expectin that radio friendly track
    he had to compose and this is what happened, its cool tho i could see it bein a hit radio wise
    Everythang 3/5 Its cool but it wont be in heavy rotation in the ipod
    Trapped 4/5 This track blew me away totally unexpected but it didnt disappoint in any way
    F.A.M.E 3/5 Its alright but if jeezy had this song to be the hit sorry to say youll be disappointed in the results
    I Do 3/5 This will probably be skipped alot
    Higher Learning 4/5 My new wake up and roll a blunt track
    This One’s for You 3/5 Another frequently skipped song
    Talk To Me 4/5 Dope ass track i was hopin for that Freddie Gibbs collabo track in the album, but everytime i here im gonna have to fast foward on the hook

  • http://1nation sen29

    JEEZY this pure dope and the REAL KING of ATL who has held it down since the first release keeps it coming 18 fat tracks to trap 2

  • Snomayne

    XXL is whack yall reviews are trash SNOWMAN ON TOP BEEZYS CHOKE ON IT HATERZ

  • Mossy B 4 Prez

    I love this guy to death. I think he is literally one of the realest in the game but I have been anticipating this album since 2009. This album disappointed me. It deserves an L at the most. The beats are okay. His content is the usual. The standout songs to me were “This One’s For You”, “FAME” and “Trapped”.

  • Domo

    I Honestly Didn’t Make it Through the Whole Album Yet Based Off the Annoyance of Everyone in My Neck of the Woods Hyping it Up Like it Was Going to Be the Best Album of the Year! I Can Tell By the 9 Songs I Listened to That its Light Years From Being a Classic or Even the Top 5 Hip-Hop Albums This Year.. What Classic Album Has Features on Damn Near Every Track, That Screams LAME! Simple Minded MF’s Would Place This Album Above Common’s.. Sorry But There’s No Other Way I Could’ve Said That Shit!

  • http://www.ilu-v-rap.blogspot.com SBM2012cc

    i think this was jeezys best album