Still soaring from the enormous success of his 2005 break-out album, LET'S GET IT: THUG MOTIVATION 101
, Young Jeezy
released a string of hot mixtapes before returning with the studio-album sequel,THE INSPIRATION: THUG MOTIVATION 102
. With the usual powerfully grim vignettes of street life, all-consuming snowman paranoia, and trademark "yeaaaaahhh"s that litter the backgrounds of every track, Jeezy maintains and elevates the infectious style that made THUG MOTIVATION
His hypnotic grunt-heavy flow and intense vocal presence has listeners by the throat from the album's opener, "Hypnotize," on which he hauntingly chants, "Now I command you n*ggas to get money." On the production side, the synthesizer-driven beats from Shawty Redd, Midnite Black, the Runners, Timbaland, and Mr. Collipark, among others, range from nightmarishly seething to upbeat and dreamy, always rising and falling in effectively dramatic arcs. Young Jeezy has put together another instant classic, consolidating his position at the top of the Dirty South.