Ralph Bristout of XXL said "Things kicks off on the blazing opener, “The Real Is Back,” where Jeezy vents about the game while keeping it one hundred throughout: “Man, these niggas lying all on tracks, all on wax/ We don’t wanna hear you’re imaginations, just state facts.” Later, Da Snowman continues to live up to expectations on this Gangsta Grillz installment, offering a blanket of anthemic bangers (“Win,” “Count It Up”) and woofer-busting 808s (“Ballin,” “How U Want It”). On cuts like the Lex Luger produced ”All The Money” and the head-nodding “Snow Go,” the Def Jam signee is in fine form as he seeks to recapture his audience with his signature flow and trap talk. A highlight is on the previously leaked Freddie Gibbs-assisted “Run DMC,” where the two CTE reppers share a fluid chemistry. Former XXL Freshman Gangsta Gibbs solidifies his gangsta, spitting sordid lines like, “.357 to the tooth, bitch, I hope you picked up a dental plan”. A somewhat expected drawback to the release is that it at some points gets clichéd and stale in its content (“I Ball, I Stunt,” “Four”). With the heavy use of strong basslines and equalized beat drums, some tracks also begin to sound the same, dangerously blending into one another. Despite this, altogether Young Jeezy & DJ Drama’s The Real Is Back is a strong offering that’s sure to hold fans over until TM103 wakes out of limbo."