Who: Young Jeezy
What: Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition
Why: 3.5 Cigs
Label: Def Jam/Corporate Thugz Entertainment | Producers: Drumma Boy, Warren G., Lil Lody, Lil C, Midnight Black, Marz, D. Rich, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Mike DuPree, M16, Mike Will
The Good: Fresh off first week numbers that any Hip-Hopper would dime their man out for, Young Jeezy officially satisfied the streets with the no-nonesense TM103. As is the status quo with any release from The Snowman, Hustlerz Ambition is about as rough, rugged and defiant an album as you’ll find in 2011. Songs like the 2 Chainz assisted “Supafreak” and Future’s “Way Too Gone” exhibit Young is still very much in tune with the clubs. And “Waiting” and “Trapped” show his heart hasn’t strayed from the block which turned him into the ghetto legend he is today.
The Bad: The one pitfall to TM103 happens to be the lack of that one breakaway single that his previous albums had. “Ballin’,” “I Do” and “Leave You Alone” all either have had their spins on radio or will in the coming weeks. Yet, to say there was one record from this album which firmly planted its feet in the sand as the “face” of the project (think “Put On” from The Recession or “I Luv It” from TM102) would be false.
The Lovely: Where the forecast appeared cloudy only mere months ago, Young Jeezy put to the rest the biggest misnomer of his career with the release of TM103: that he fell off. For many, he’s still the street’s spokesman for everything to drug prices to the everyday struggle those cracks in the pavement represent. It’s safe to say Young’s catalog can hold count against damn near most to ever try this rap sh*t. — J. Tinsley