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.
The album debuted at number one at the US Billboard 200, selling 352,000 copies in the first week, making it Young Jeezy's first number-one album on the chart. As of 2009, the album has sold 1,229,000 copies in the United States.
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."