Young Jeezy is one of the first rappers from the South that I gravitated to in the early 2000s. Coming from the East Coast, most of my favorite lyricists hailed from New York City. It was something about Jeezy’s overly stacked adlibs and clever slick talk that had my ears mesmerized. Not to mention his ‘I am not a rapper, I am a motivational speaker’ slogan had my teenage mind curious as to what he meant? All of my questions were answered after I purchased Young Jeezy’s “Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101” CD back in 2005.
In recent years, the self-proclaimed “Snowman” has lost momentum in the rap game despite having countless hit records and rap legend status. Jeezy surprised the world with the full-length project “20/20 Pyrex Vision”. Excitement entered my heart seeing the corporate thug get back to business. The hustle inspired title gives off the impression that he is ready to rap about memorable street tales Jeezy fans had fallen in love with. Unfortunately, the project turned out to be an underwhelming effort.
Yes, Jeezy used drug dealing jargon to express his money mindset that is familiar to what I know him for. Each lyric locks in on his pursuit for more success, while reminiscing on the days when he used to trap in order to survive on the streets of Atlanta, Georgia. Even though the subject matter was spot on, everything else about the project is lackluster.
Jeezy’s ‘motivational speaker’ flow used to be impactful and profound with conviction. Tracks complimented his voice instead of it being the other way around. On this record, Jeezy sounds like he is following the beat which sounds strange in comparison to his classic catalog. Records like “First Mind” and “Buy A Bank” for example are filled with redundant brag talk, a repetitive hook, and uninspiring delivery. Punchlines on every record are fairly amateur. Without the swag I am accustomed to, the simple yet clever lines don’t have the same impact.
Most if not all of the beats sound dated, with no innovative production to elevate the game as he once has. Production is minimal with the project not having any creative bridges, interludes, or features. Don’t get me wrong, I respect and even admire Jeezy choosing his longtime collaborator Shawty Red to produce the album. Nevertheless, the album is in dying need of diversity.
‘20/20 Pyrex Vision’ sounds like Jeezy is having trouble talking where he is in life today while giving fans what they want from him as well. Be sure to check out the album and comment on how you feel about the album below.