Young Jeezy's never been shy about his desire for wealth, and he makes such sentiments clear right from the start of The Inspiration. The opener, "Hypnotize," with its repetitive hook of "I command you niggas to get money," sets him up as half-hustler, half-motivational-speaker. Problem is, he can't quite figure out how to make these two identities mesh throughout the album without contradicting himself. Jeezy boasts about his exploits and calls others out for not being as "real," then apologizes for all the cocaine he's slung and harm he's done, then ends by encouraging his listeners to follow their dreams using whatever means necessary. It's all rather confusing, not helped by the fact the emcee's not exactly known for his quick-witted raps (saying "I adlib here, I adlib there/fuck it, adlibs everywhere" is not the same thing as actually adlibbing), which would at least liven things up a bit. Add this to heavily orchestral beats that rely on synth strings and flat, empty percussion to buoy Jeezy's belabored flow and you've got something that, while it may be "street," is a slow, anti-climactic street, neither fun nor thought-provoking, kind of purposeless, and not very inspirational. More like thug un-motivation.
Marisa Brown writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.