Young Jeezy - The Inspiration   
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written by Angus Crawford   
Last year Jeezy went from regional star to super star in every state and no newcomer had a bigger impact on hip hop than the Snowman. The Game sold more records but he (and arguably no other rapper) did not have as much influence as Jeezy in 2005. Songs like "And Then What", "Soul Survivor" and his collaboration with Boys in Da Hood captured the ears of the D Boys and radio putting Jeezy in a rare and enviable position of being the talk of the streets and the charts. His new release The Inspiration should not change either group's opinon, as Jeezy sticks to the script and maintains his unmatched charisma and keeps his trademarked ad-libs to create the ideal follow up to last year's Thug Motivation.

The first single, "I Luv It" is classic Jeezy with the rapper delivering a catchy hook and easy to recite lyrics over a booming DJ Tromp beat that should keep the radio executives happy. On the other end of the Jeezy spectrum songs like the Tupac influenced "Bury Me a G" and the Timbaland produced "3 AM" will remind everyone why he is your favorite rapper's favorite trapper. All three songs show that Jeezy likes to keep his lyrics overtly simple and compliments the producers rather than overshadowing them.

However, on the Drumma Boy produced "I'm the Realest" Jeezy shows that some of his lyrics are more complex than he is given credit. Lines like "Back in ‘9_ I took them trips down to Lauderdale / Back and Forth like Aaliyah / Chances of getting rich are like one in a million / Or more like two in a billion" sound cheesy but demonstrate Jeezy's understanding that the trapper career is not necessarily lucrative. While he does glamorize the lifestyle more often that not, its nice to see some depth behind his motivation.

Anyone who likes Jeezy will be more than satisfied with the superstar's second major studio album. The beats are top notch and the flow is as smooth as ever. On the other hand, if the ad libs make you nauseous (The first "Yeeeeaaaah" comes 35 seconds into the album) and you need tricky metaphors then stay away. Action flicks don't win Oscars and Jeezy is not going to win lyricist of the year and he probably does not care because enough people will buy this album and keep his pockets phat. Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh. (I couldn't resist)









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