17 Songs, 1 Hour 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Never the most technically gifted MC, Young Jeezy has built a career out of transforming apparent weaknesses into formidable strengths. Jeezy has clearly taken Nas’ legendary injunction “it’s not what you do but how it’s done” to heart and reinterpreted it as “it’s not what you say but how you say it.” Jeezy never strays far from the by now all too familiar southern tropes of keys, whips and girls, but his roaring, often cavernously multi-tracked delivery ensures that the proceedings remain riveting. On The Inspiration he varies little from the reliable template that made him a star with tracks like the ubiquitous “Soul Survivor”. Yet The Inspiration differs from Thug Motivation 101 in one important respect: the tempos. On tracks like the ghostly “Hypnotize” and the stuttering “J.E.E.Z.Y.” tempos are slowed to a dolorous crawl that nods towards Houston’s screwed and chopped aesthetic while invoking the slow-motion wooziness of the best Three Six Mafia productions. The Inspiration’s syrup-slow tempos fit Jeezy’s emphatic yet stuttering delivery perfectly, lending the album a sense of creeping dread that is as compelling as it is difficult to forget.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Never the most technically gifted MC, Young Jeezy has built a career out of transforming apparent weaknesses into formidable strengths. Jeezy has clearly taken Nas’ legendary injunction “it’s not what you do but how it’s done” to heart and reinterpreted it as “it’s not what you say but how you say it.” Jeezy never strays far from the by now all too familiar southern tropes of keys, whips and girls, but his roaring, often cavernously multi-tracked delivery ensures that the proceedings remain riveting. On The Inspiration he varies little from the reliable template that made him a star with tracks like the ubiquitous “Soul Survivor”. Yet The Inspiration differs from Thug Motivation 101 in one important respect: the tempos. On tracks like the ghostly “Hypnotize” and the stuttering “J.E.E.Z.Y.” tempos are slowed to a dolorous crawl that nods towards Houston’s screwed and chopped aesthetic while invoking the slow-motion wooziness of the best Three Six Mafia productions. The Inspiration’s syrup-slow tempos fit Jeezy’s emphatic yet stuttering delivery perfectly, lending the album a sense of creeping dread that is as compelling as it is difficult to forget.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
553 Ratings

553 Ratings

Jeezy Jr. ,

Track-by-Track Review

Hypnotize- a solid start to the album. Pretty good chorus. 3/5 stars.

Still On It- a good beat along with some pretty good lyrics. Good overall song. 4/5 stars.

U Know What It Is- a pretty weak song. 2/5 stars.

J.E.E.Z.Y.- a good chorus followed up by lyrics from the heart. 5/5 stars.

I Luv It- the album's finest. Great beat and great lyrics adds up to my favorite song by Jeezy ever.
5/5 stars.

Go Getta- a wonderful choice as the album's second single. Another great beat and Kel kills it on the chorus. 5/5 stars.

3 A.M.- will likely be overshadowed by the previous three songs, but a very good song nonetheless.
Timbaland kills it on the chorus and with the beat. 5/5 stars.

The Realist- more lyrics from the heart by Jeezy. Good overall song. 4/5 stars.

Streets on Lock- Jeezy talks about his hardships growing up. 4/5 stars.

Bury Me a G- the hidden gem of the album. Jeezy uses his gift for storytelling with this one.
5/5 stars.

Dreamin'- great vocalism by Keyshia Cole and more good lyrics from Jeezy(see a pattern developing?). 4/5 stars.

What You Talkin' 'Bout- a weak song. 2/5 stars.

Keep It Gangsta- a great chorus and beat, and Slick Pulla has a suprise with his solid chorus.
4/5 stars.

Mr. 17.5- Jeezy's nickname for those of you who don't know. A solid song. 4/5 stars.

I Got Money- features T.I. Good chorus. 4/5 stars.

The Inspiration(Follow Me)- a good conclusion to the album. 4/5 stars.

National Anthem(Bonus Track)- an extra little bonus to reward your good decision to buy this album.
4/5 stars.

Top 5 Songs
1. I Luv It
2. Go Getta
3. 3 A.M.
4. Bury Me a G
5. J.E.E.Z.Y.

bk21uc ,

Inspiration: Not quite Thug Motivation 101

His sophomore cd is not as good as his first Thug Motivation 101, his lyrics, his flow, his beats don't seem to match his first album. I'm always been a Jeezy fan and this is not a bad album, I was just expecting more, I think this album was rushed and more time could have been spent producing it. Jeezy still one of the best rappers in the game right now. 3 A.M. is the best song on the cd hands down. Other tracks worth mention are Still On It, Go Getta, Streets on Lock, and What You Talkin' Bout. Keep up the good work Jeezy, you still one of the best.

Crunchy Black ,

He did does it again

Jeezy's new album is really on point...Just like thug motivation 101 you could let this album ride all the way threw without skipping any songs....best songs 1) I luv It 2) J.E.E.Z.Y. 3) 3 A.M. 4) What You Talkin Bout 5) Bury Me a G

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