Today (July 26), Young Jeezy’s major label debut album, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 turned 10 years old. The Atlanta, Georgia platinum, #1 artist celebrated with a hometown concert last night (July 25) at the Fox Theatre. There, Jeezy reunited with Boyz N Da Hood, the Bad Boy South-backed group with whom he emerged in the early 2000s. Teaming with Jody Breezy, Big Gee, and Duke, Jeezy would hit the summer of 2005 with his first of two major label releases.
Celebrating the latter, TM 101, the CTE founder remembers his ascent to legit business, after a highly-publicized past in the streets. For the platinum solo debut, Jeezy would work with T.I., Young Buck, Bun B, Trick Daddy, and then Def Jam Records President Jay Z. Production included beats by Mannie Fresh, Akon, and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, among others. Speaking about the album with Complex recently, Jeezy revealed that the cash on the album’s cover was not prop-money, or loaned by Def Jam. Rather, this was cash from duffel bags that Jeezy used, courtesy of one phone-call. As a testament to his authentic narrative and pre-fame wealth, “Snowman” says that accuracy was key to his mainstream introduction:
In the anniversary conversation, how does TM 101 sound to you a decade later?