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The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102 [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Young Jeezy's first album for Def Jam, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, was such a breakout success that it immediately left his Bad Boy album with Boyz N da Hood -- released just weeks prior -- as an afterthought. What is his appeal, exactly? His persona revolves around being a crack dealer, but he spins it as a motivational speaker who encourages people to do what they need to do to get paid. School kids proudly donned Jeezy's snowman T-shirts, even if the closest they'll ever come to hustling is selling chocolates for a class trip. Jeezy's not an exceptional rapper; he has a peculiar way of getting his support, though it's not without a discernible amount of charisma....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Young Jeezy's first album for Def Jam, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, was such a breakout success that it immediately left his Bad Boy album with Boyz N da Hood -- released just weeks prior -- as an afterthought. What is his appeal, exactly? His persona revolves around being a crack dealer, but he spins it as a motivational speaker who encourages people to do what they need to do to get paid. School kids proudly donned Jeezy's snowman T-shirts, even if the closest they'll ever come to hustling is selling chocolates for a class trip. Jeezy's not an exceptional rapper; he has a peculiar way of getting his support, though it's not without a discernible amount of charisma. On The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102, this is best exemplified in the opening verse to the Timbaland-produced "3 A.M.": "It's Young Jizzo and I'm back with Timbo/With another hit, you're still stuck in a limbo/A ad lib here and a ad lib there/F*ck it, ad libs everywhere." Few other MCs could get away with something so purposefully lazy. In Jeezy's half-determined/half-careless voice, it's a quotable and a pretty damn funny one at that, more energizing and memorable than an average MC's complex, tongue-twisting metaphor. To that kind of extent, Jeezy does little to make this disc different from Let's Get It. Its first several tracks limp and flail around, which isn't a good sign, but once "I Luv It" kicks in, everything tightens and sharpens, placing the album a very slight shade beneath Let's Get It. Some of the highlights: "I Luv It," the closest stature-wise to "Go Crazy," a DJ Toomp production that's as anthemic as his work on T.I.'s "What You Know"; "Mr. 17.5," a fine "Go Crazy" retread. There's also "Streets on Lock," a "Trapstar" retread, where Jeezy maps out some of the reasons for his success: "When I speak, these niggas believe me/'Cause, bitch, I'm Jeezy." "Dreamin'," in which Jeezy recalls the guilt of being a crack dealer while his mother's an addict, takes the cake as the best reflecting pool track of 2006. [A clean version of the album was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2006
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602517028234
  • Catalog Number: 000722802
  • Sales rank: 97,668

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hypnotize (Intro) (3:40)
  2. 2 Still on It (3:46)
  3. 3 U Know What It Is (3:44)
  4. 4 J.E.E.Z.Y. (3:49)
  5. 5 I Luv It (4:00)
  6. 6 Go Getta (3:49)
  7. 7 3 A.M. (3:56)
  8. 8 The Realest (4:09)
  9. 9 Streets on Lock (3:34)
  10. 10 Bury Me a G (4:22)
  11. 11 Dreamin' (4:49)
  12. 12 What You Talkin' Bout (3:48)
  13. 13 Keep It Gangsta (4:36)
  14. 14 Mr. 17.5 (3:30)
  15. 15 I Got Money (3:59)
  16. 16 The Inspiration (Follow Me) (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Young Jeezy Primary Artist
Blood Raw Track Performer
Slick Pulla Track Performer
TaVon Sampson Desaccordee
Hassanah Iroegbu Background Vocals
Technical Credits
M. Jackson Composer
Tony Rey Engineer
Timbaland Producer
Chris Athens Mastering
Nichell Delvaille Artwork, Photo Coordination
Tim Mosley Composer
A. Dent Composer
Shakir Stewart Executive Producer
T. Reese Composer
Don Cannon Producer
TaVon Sampson Art Direction
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