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The Bigger Picture Young Jeezys debut album, Lets Get It: Thug Motivation 101, introduced the world to Da Snowman and his adored style of gangsta music. In honor of the 15th anniversary of the celebrated LP, released on July 26, 2005, heres a track-by-track breakdown reflecting back on the making of this classic. Compiled by Peter A. Berry, Kemet High, Zoe Johnson, Robby Seabrook III, Bianca Torres and Aleia Woods Editors Note: This story originally appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now.

Young Jeezys early releases put the Atlanta trapper rapper on the map to stardom, but it was his debut album, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, that helped him really take off. The LP serves as a southern classic, celebrated for its trap life rhymes, hard beats and star-studded guest appearances. Grimy but anthemic, club-ready but not crunk, TM101 packaged Jeezys aspirational lyrics with catchy choruses, speaker-thumping, gothic production and the street aphorisms of a hustler who learned skys the limit.

When he was creating TM101, Jeezy, who was managed by Quality Control Music cofounder Kevin Coach K Lee at the time, had already released two independent albums through Jeezys Corporate Thugs imprint. Between July 2004 and January 2005, Jeezy consummated his rise by dropping his Def Jam Recordings debut mixtape, Tha Streets Iz Watchin, and 2005s Trap or Die. He conquered Atlanta, now it was time for the whole south. Helping him with TM101 was the albums executive-producer, Kinky B, and Jeezys longtime friend, Shawty Redd, who produced seven of the projects 19 songs.

TM101 was recorded over the course of 18 months between 2004 and 2005, with most of the tracks being made at Atlantas Patchwerk Studios or Shawty Redds basement. Before releasing his first single, Jeezy put more mainstream heads on notice when he appeared as a member of Diddys Boyz n Da Hoods debut album just one month prior in June 2005. Jeezys fame shot to a new level once he released Soul Survivor, the Akon-assisted recording that reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In honor of the albums 15th anniversary, XXL speaks with Jeezy and others who made TM101, an album that catapulted Jeezy to rap superstar while securing a space in Atlantas rich hip-hop history.


Akon producer and singer Bun B rapper Drumma Boy producer Don Cannon producer and music industry heavyweight Erik Rook Ortiz member of producer collective J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Jazze Pha - producer Kevin Khao Cates producer Kevin Colione Crowe member of producer collective J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Lloyd - singer Lil C producer Lil Scrappy rapper Mannie Fresh producer Mr. Collipark producer Nitti producer Shawty Redd producer Slick Pulla rapper and Jeezys former artist on C.T.E. T.I. rapper Trick Daddy rapper Young Buck rapper

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