Young Jeezy - Lets Get It: Thug Motivation 101  
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Yeeeaaahhh! Ayyyyeeee! Ok, now that I got that out of my system we can proceed. (That's riiiight) For those not in the know, Young Jeezy is a hustler. Yeah, its contrived, but its the truth. As far as we know, Jeezy has lived the life he states on wax - which makes him appealing. Combine this with a shit load of charisma, adlibs that will stay permanently burned in your cranium for days and production to die for - you have the hottest rapper in the South right now - period. Sure - Young Jeezy can't rap to save his life, but that's not the point. If you are grading Jeezy on lyricism, you are an idiot. He's like the Diplomats of the South - its all about powerful music. In fact, with his major label debut Lets Get It: Thug Motivation 101, Jeezy provides just that - motivation.

His rags to riches story and hustler tales makes you wanna go out and do something with your life. No, I'm not talking about the street game, but on tracks like "Lets Get It/Sky's The Limit," you can't help but feel motivated. This is evident through lyrics such as, "Look up in the sky and tell me what you see? The clouds - na, nigga not me. I see opportunity, I'm an opportunist." The Scarface sampled theme music also adds an intense and thick aura that blends well with Jeezy's message. But as expected, not every track has an intended message. Most of the time its just hard beats and gritty rhymes. The Drummer Boy produced "Standing Ovation" features an amazing arrangement of horns, hi-hats and pounding drums, while Jeezy proclaims, "These are more than words, this is more than rap, this is the streets and I am the trap."

The two biggest hits on the album - "And Then What" and "Soul Survivor" - are easily the best efforts on the album. Over Mannie Fresh's mesmerizing handclaps, Jeezy provides a gritty street effort with crossover appeal. This formula works even better on "Soul Survivor," as Akon get his Nate Dogg on and does the damn thing on the track's hook. Akon also shines on the production side, with his sparkling keys and well placed horns.

While Lets Get It provides the same atmosphere throughout, the album does tail off at the end. With 19 tracks - all of which are similar - the album lacks any variety in song making or production. Tracks such as "My Hood," "Don't Get Caught" and "Tear It Up" epitomize this. Nevertheless, Young Jeezy succeeds in bringing the streets of Atlanta to the mainstream on his debut. While Hip Hop purists may complain about his lack of lyrical talent - get over it. Jeezy is music for the streets and those wanting to hear hardcore music that bangs. As he's stated himself, "I'm not a rapper, I'm a hustler" - and you got to respect that. That's riiiight!

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