The Inspiration

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The Inspiration
Studio album by Young Jeezy
Released December 12, 2006
Recorded 2005–2006
Genre Hip hop
Label CTE, Def Jam
Producer Young Jeezy (exec.), Demetrius "Kinky B" Ellerbee (exec.), Antonio "L.A." Reid (exec.), Kevin "Coach K" Lee (co-exec.), Shakir Stewart (co-exec.), J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, DJ Toomp, Cool & Dre, Timbaland, Don Cannon, The Runners, DJ Smurf, Shawty Redd, Anthony Dent, Drumma Boy, Midnight Black, Key Pushas
Young Jeezy chronology
Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101
(2005)
The Inspiration
(2006)
The Recession
(2008)

The Inspiration (also known as The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102) is the fourth studio album by American rapper Young Jeezy. It was released on December 12, 2006 through Def Jam Recordings and Corporate Thugz Entertainment.

Background[edit]

Following mainstream circulation of its first official single "I Luv It". Young Jeezy leaked the songs "J.E.E.Z.Y.", and the second official single "Bury Me a G" through the mixtape I Am the Street Dream! where "Bury Me a G", was entitled Child of God. Young Jeezy recorded 120 songs for the album, and chose what he believed were the best 16.[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one at the US Billboard 200 chart, with 352,000 copies sold in its first week, making it Young Jeezy's first number-one album on the chart. [2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (70/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media 8.1/10[8]
PopMatters 6/10[9]
RapReviews 7/10[10]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[11]
USA Today 3/4 stars[12]
XXL 3/5 stars[13]

The album so far has a score of 70 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[3] Vibe gave the album four stars out of five and stated that "Despite its frustratingly uniform theme--coke--and Jeezy's inflexible, one-speed rasp, his sophomore effort, The Inspiration, suggests that last year's victories were no fluke."[3] The A.V. Club gave it a B and stated that Young Jeezy "spits snowman raps with rough-hewn charisma and unseemly enthusiasm."[14] Chicago Tribune gave it three stars out of four and said that Jeezy "continues to improve, crafting songs that are distinctive and memorable, even if he sticks to the well-worn topics of rims, clothes and clubbing."[15] Blender gave it three-and-a-half stars and said that "the smallest suggestions of personality make a charismatic impact."[3] Spin gave the album seven out of ten and stated that "This time around, it's as if the script has been reshot by Michael Bay--glossy and viscerally stimulating--and we're watching a coming attraction for a film that never starts."[3] Billboard gave it a positive review and said that Jeezy's lyrics "have matured past coke-slinging to the drug's effect on his life."[3] The Phoenix gave it two-and-a-half stars out of four and said that "Fortunately, getting the money isn’t all this follow-up to last year’s breakthrough Let’s Get It cares about, and the singles here are fire."[16]

Other reviews are average or mixed: Okayplayer gave it an average review and stated, "The Inspiration, an even darker work than the debut, finds the Snowman weaving paranoid street tales with eerie trunk-rattling beats. The album’s main downside is the repetitive nature of many of the tracks."[17] Prefix Magazine gave it a score of six out of ten and called it "Spottily effective gangster posturing."[18] However, Stylus Magazine gave it a C− and said, "The strange thing about The Inspiration is how it's posited as an alternative to the much-bullied "conscious rap," and yet, it's among the least fun albums released this year."[19] The New York Times gave it a mixed review and said, "Young Jeezy’s appeal was never his writing, but now words sometimes fail him."[3] Hartford Courant also gave it a mixed review and said that "Almost every dramatic synth swell, exploding snare and multi-tracked "Yeaaahhhh" has been done better elsewhere."[20]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Hypnotize (Intro)"   Shawty Redd 3:41
2. "Still on It"   Midnight Black, DJ Nasty & LVM 3:46
3. "U Know What It Is"   Shawty Redd 3:44
4. "J.E.E.Z.Y."   Shawty Redd 3:49
5. "I Luv It"   DJ Toomp 4:00
6. "Go Getta" (featuring R. Kelly) The Runners 3:49
7. "3 A.M." (featuring Timbaland) Timbaland 3:56
8. "The Realist"   Drumma Boy 4:09
9. "Streets on Lock"   Cool & Dre 3:34
10. "Bury Me a G"   J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 4:43
11. "Dreamin'" (featuring Keyshia Cole) The Runners 4:49
12. "What You Talkin' Bout"   Mr. Collipark 3:48
13. "Keep It Gangsta" (featuring Slick Pulla & Blood Raw) Key Pusherz 4:36
14. "Mr. 17.5"   Don Cannon 3:30
15. "I Got Money" (featuring T.I.) DJ Toomp 3:59
16. "The Inspiration (Follow Me)"   Anthony Dent 4:25
Sample credits

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 1
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard) 1

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ciara: The Evolution by Ciara
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 24, 2006 - December 30, 2006
Succeeded by
Hip Hop Is Dead by Nas