Thug Motivation 103
Young Jeezy’s 2008 album, “The Recession,” turned out to be a better economic indicator than even the Consumer Confidence Survey. More than predicting our country’s financial woes, the album became the crowning achievement in Jeezy’s career, cementing his rise to mainstream star. “Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition,” isn’t as thrilling, but proves that Jeezy doesn’t have to see the future to remain among the genre’s elite. It doesn’t matter what kind of stories he’s telling, as long he’s telling them in his once-in-a-generation rasp.
There are few more arresting sounds in music than the 34-year-old rapper in full growl. His voice is something like a garbage disposal come to life — scary, serrated, vicious. While his throat sounds full of gravel, the beats remain as big as boulders. It’s an imposing formula and one that hasn’t steered him wrong yet. As the title suggests, “TM 103” is something of a thematic retreat, an album less of economic empathy and one of celebratory excess.