|Studio album by Young Jeezy|
|Released||December 12, 2006|
|Young Jeezy chronology|
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, by Def Jam Recordings (marking it as his second release) and his own record label Corporate Thugz Entertainment (CTE).
The album's lead single, "I Luv It" was released on November 2, 2006. The song was produced by DJ Toomp. The album's second single, Go Getta was released on January 21, 2007. The song features a guest appearance from R. Kelly, while it was produced by The Runners.
The album's third single, Dreamin' was released on April 6, 2007. The song features a guest appearance from Keyshia Cole, while it was produced by The Runners; the same production team, who latter produced the song "Go Getta".
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 352,000 copies in the first week, making it Young Jeezy's first number-one album in his career. In 2009, the album has sold 1,229,000 copies in the United States.
|Los Angeles Times|||
The album so far has a score of 70 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews". 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." The A.V. Club gave it a B and stated that Young Jeezy "spits snowman raps with rough-hewn charisma and unseemly enthusiasm." 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." Blender gave it three-and-a-half stars and said that "the smallest suggestions of personality make a charismatic impact." 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." 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." 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."
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." Prefix Magazine gave it a score of six out of ten and called it "Spottily effective gangster posturing." 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." 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." 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."
|1.||"Hypnotize (Intro)"||Shawty Redd||3:41|
|2.||"Still On It"||
|3.||"U Know What It Is"||
|5.||"I Luv It"||
|6.||"Go Getta" (featuring R. Kelly)||The Runners||3:49|
|7.||"3 A.M." (featuring Timbaland)||
|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)||
|12.||"What You Talkin' Bout"||
|13.||"Keep It Gangsta" (featuring Slick Pulla & Blood Raw)||Key Pushas||4:36|
|15.||"I Got Money" (featuring T.I.)||
|16.||"The Inspiration (Follow Me)"||
|Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)|
|17.||"I Do This"||
|18.||"Hood Rat" (featuring Three 6 Mafia & Project Pat)||4:27|
|iTunes bonus track|
- Sample credits
- "I Luv It" contains a samples of "I Believe to My Soul" performed by Donny Hathaway.
- "Go Getta" contains a samples of "Born on Halloween" performed by Blue Magic, and "Gone Away" performed by Roberta Flack
- "Streets on Lock" contains an interpolation of "Out of Touch" performed by Hall & Oates.
- "Bury Me a G" contains a samples of "Child of God" performed by Millie Jackson.
- "Dreamin'" contains a samples of "Dreaming" performed by Bill Summers
- "What You Talkin' Bout" contains a samples of "Close the Door" performed by Teddy Pendergrass.
- "Mr. 17.5" contains a samples of "Give Me Just Another Day" performed by The Miracles.
- "I Got Money" contains a samples of "Phantom of the Opera" performed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
- "The Inspiration (Follow Me)" contains a samples of "Muscles" performed by Diana Ross.
|US Billboard 200||1|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||1|
|US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)||1|
- Critic reviews from Metacritic
- Allmusic review
- Dombal, Ryan (2006-12-15). "The Inspiration Review". Entertainment Weekly (911): 87. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
- Los Angeles Times review
- HipHopDX review
- Pitchfork Media review
- PopMatters review
- RapReviews review
- Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived September 18, 2007)
- USA Today review
- XXL review
- The A.V. Club review
- Chicago Tribune review
- The Phoenix review
- Okayplayer review
- Prefix Magazine review
- Stylus Magazine review
- Hartford Courant review
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