TM 103 Hustlerz Ambition
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2011
I said I would wait until the official release date before I put up a review, so here it is.

WAITING - If you are a Young Jeezy fan, then you are aware he knows how to begin an album or mixtape. This one is the weakest intro, and it still didn't disappoint. It's no "Hypnotize" or "Trap or Die", but great intro for things to come. 9/10

WHAT I DO - Dark beat, Jeezy is nice on this song. Production is great on this song. 8/10

OJ - Great beat for all three artists. Fabolous and Jeezy's flows complement each other well, as shown by the numerous songs they've done together. Jadakiss was a pleasant addition to the mix, and made the song a repeat. 10/10

NOTHIN - Great song to listen to when people trying to make you feel guilty about things you've acquired. The chorus is a bit pedestrian, repeating Nothin but the message is nice and the feeling is there. 8/10

WAY TOO GONE - Sounds like a song Drake would do at the beginning, when the beat dropped, it really helped. It's pretty good, but not spectacular. Future fits on the music, but he sounds weird and doesn't sound right with Jeezy. 6/10

SUPAFREAK - If you are looking for a track to rock the audio system, this one is it. Great track and 2Chainz brings great energy to the song. 7/10

ALL WE DO - Take it or leave it track. Nothing to rave about. 4/10

LEAVE YOU ALONE - One of those songs I thought would be weak, but Neyo actually complements Jeezy and Jeezy actually sounds genuine. 8/10

EVERYTHANG - West Side sound, not a terrible song, nothing special about this song. 6/10

TRAPPED - The highlight of the album. Ethereal music, Jill Scott's spoken word is chilling to hear and Jeezy's history has a lot of feeling behind it. This song is a case in point in simplicity and powerful emotions are more important than fancy wordplay with no substance. I had to force myself past the song, it's that good. 10/10

F.A.M.E. - Mellow song, seeing the perspective of what really goes on in the mind of a successful person. Jeezy does a great job with this song, pulling back on his energy and talk about being insecure with the anger, which is rarely heard in this. TI comes strong on her as well. 10/10

I DO - This song, while a nice homage to Lenny Williams, doesn't really mesh well. The verses are good in themselves, and it feels as if they were meant to be standalone. A lot of people will really like this, however, Jay Z and Andre go out in left field as usual. 7/10

HIGHER LEARNING - Laid back music, Snoop reverts back to his old days, Devin made a nice mark on the track, but it feels like a short track. You can lie back, the track will be fading, and realize you didn't hear the song. Shame, because it is a good song, but I had to listen three times before I could review it. 8/10

THIS ONE'S FOR YOU - it's one of those songs the message is there, but not delivered in the way it would be remembered. 7/10

38 - This song is crazy. Jeezy does it on this song. Freddie Gibbs is a beast on the beat. Gibbs had a nice flow on this. 9/10

BALLIN - This song lost points because Wayne really was better than Jeezy on this song. Jeezy could have stepped it up past "I bought the Phantom just to take a nap", especially with a wicked Lex of a beat he had to work with. Wayne, on the other hand, showed his inconsistency and delivered a gold verse among the questionable songs he made around the same time. Points are always lost when a feature is the reason people listen to a song. 5/10

LOSE MY MIND - This song is just as fun as it was when it came out two years ago. Jeezy really put something down on this one. Plies, while not as bad as originally thought, still hurt the song by his screaming through the whole verse. 9/10

NEVER THE SAME - Really cool song, just reiterates what he was saying and people didn't get for years--that he wasn't promoting drug dealing. Music has a dark quality to it. Bonus is the rumor of Eminem being on here is false. The concept needed him to be alone, and it was executed well. 10/10

DVD - Personally, I've seen many documentaries or rappers, and this one is in the top 3 I've ever seen. Maybe they could have talked more about the beef with Gucci, but all in all, very informative. 10/10

Album pros - Lots of emotion. Production arguably the best on this one, more cohesive than the others. A few average songs, one subpar.

Album cons - Not enough adlibs other than the "103", doing the Eminem thing and singing on tracks, many features where several of them (namely, Jay Z, Future, Plies, and arguably Andre (yeah I know, my opinion)) could have been dropped and had stronger songs.

Highlight songs:

Trapped
OJ
FAME
Never Be The Same
Waiting

8.7/10
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2011
Don't listen to the reviews that give this album 1 and 2 stars.They obviously have no idea what they are talking about.I have listened to this abum 5 times straight through now and I have to say I can't find much wrong with it.Wasn't thrilled he included Ballin' and Lose My Mind seeing as they were recorded a good while ago but other than that this album is straight fire start to finish.If you are a fan of Jeezy,just do yourself a favour and go spend the 15 dollars on it.

My Top 5:

Waiting
F.A.M.E
Trapped
OJ
Never Be The Same
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2011
I'm going to make this one short and sweet. Jeezy like to drank, Jeezy like to smoke, Jeezy like to mix arm n hammer with his coke. LOL, for real though if you like Jeezy then you will love this album because he will never switch the style up. Even if everyone is making R&B Jeezy will still make street records and I love him for that. TM103 is one of his best albums and although it's not a classic I would definitely hold it up there with TM 101. Great album!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2011
This album is stellar. I became a Young Jeezy fan after holding steadfast to the belief that I didn't like his music. Ironically one night, in my friends Deuce n a Quarter with 4 15inch subwoofers I realized what I was missing. His music simply put sounds acoustically superior then other artists. His production, beats, layering, and mastering sound unbelievable in high fidelity sound systems. This isn't your typical headphone ipod music. A

Now into the album......

Simply put its what you'd expect. A few smooth songs that are lady friendly followed but bass drowning motivation. Jeezy spits that dope and drug life better then anybody to me (with the exception of E-40). Without going into lengthy detail this is a must listen. No rap fan especially a Jeezy fan should feel above dedicating at least 90 minutes to give this album a run through. Listen and decide for yourself but personally I love it!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2011
I basically grew up listening to jeezy... this was my favorite artist through most of high school, and I've been anticipating this thing since my senior year... I made a promise to myself I would give up listening to commercial rap, AFTER this album came out, and this thing took well over 2 years to release... so I was really waiting on this...

The album was hot, but not his best... Jizzle said that 102 was his wackest, but all of my favorite songs are on 102... I feel that DefJam killed what jeezy really had set for this album with all the delays... However this album is still on the real -ish... Plenty of loud blasters on this.

My favorite song on it was Trapped feat. Jill Scott. I say this song cuzz u can definitely compare this to life.. when u sign up for something, u can't just leave what u sign up for expecting it to not come back at you again. Of course Jeezy was talkin about his life and what he had got himself into, and there's no way out of that when uve done the same thing for years and years.

I'm upset that I heard no Bun-B on the album, but atleast this album still has that same feel you get from 101, 102, Recession...

But now, its time I gave up with all this trap musicin stuff now, cuzz now that this is out, who cares about the rest... At least, that's my thinkin... only way imma end up listening to music like this anymore is of course when Jeezy puts out another album.. Solid album Jeezy..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2012
This album has about 5 songs I like, but not as good as the other 3 albums(IMO). Albums 1 and 3 are classics in my book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2012
Well doesn't this fall into the realm of typical and generic. There is nothing special here or different, exactly what you'd expect. The production is solid with quite a few bangers but overall, it sounds similar and rather repetitive. The production has a Southern appeal with slower tempos, hard drums and quick hands. Young Jeezy is not impressive from a lyricism standpoint but with his grimy voice and delivery, accompanied with his flow and adlibs makes for a tolerable listen. The content is fairly typical for the mainstream: money, drugs, girls and life on the streets. Nothing special here but it is a good listen for a Southern head.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2011
Young Jeezy just put himself back in the top 5 rappers, but to be honest he never left. Yea he made us wait awhile but he acknowlegded he have by his first song. Lots of features but all of them come. This album is a CLASIC and a MUST HAVE
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on January 23, 2012
Street credibility is a gift and a curse. Outside of Lil' Wayne,rappers with street cred have the respect of the people but struggle turning that into record sales. Young Jeezy has been trying for a while to get past the street cred status and sell records. His first 2 albums went platinum. His third album failed to have the same success despite being a street banger. Now three years later, Jeezy is back trying to find the right mix with his fourth album "TM 103: Hustlaz Ambition".

Young Jeezy has not forgotten his `trap' roots on "TM 103". Matter of fact this album reminds me a lot of his first album "Thug Motivation". Songs like "Waiting","Everythang" & ".38" are classic Jeezy. Street wise rap over bass banging beats. "OJ" features a good verse from Fabolous and a below average verse from Jadakiss. "Way Too Gone" starts off slow but once the beat comes in, it became one of my favorites. One of the things I noticed was his long time producer Shawty Redd is nowhere to be found on this album. This is probably why Jeezy went in a different direction with songs like "Supafreak" and the nice-beat-but-wrong-song "All We Do". I never thought I would here Jeezy singing a hook but he did it on "Nothing". Never a great lyricist, Jeezy was progressing enough to be respectable. Now he has taken a couple steps back. His one liners are not as sharp and his ad libs have run they course. Just when you thought you brought the wrong album, he comes back with the Jill Scott assisted "Trapped". Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, this song will be banging out your speakers for months. "F.A.M.E" features a fresh verse from T.I. Then there's the hip hop wedding song of the year "I Do" ft Jay-Z and Andre 3000. After that the album loses some of its strength. "Ballin" is old and "Lose My Mind" is even older having been out for more than a year."TM 103" is not as good as "The Recession" or even "The Inspiration" (Which I think was his best) but its still a solid album.

Hip Hop is as diverse as ever. From the weed smokers to the social conscience. From the backpackers to the thugs, hip hop has grown into not just music but a way of life. So when a rapper like Young Jeezy comes out with a new album why are people treating it as if this is what hip hop is all about? Where do artist who don't rap about street life like Common, Talib Kweli or Phonte fit? You definitely wouldn't put them in the same category as Tyler The Creator or Eminem. No matter what he says on record, you never heard about Jeezy getting locked up like other rappers in his generation. Hip hop is the genre. Its music. You cant pigeon-hole a whole genre of music just because some raps about sex, money and drugs. If its not what you like then go listen to Kid Cudi. C-
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on April 14, 2012
Young Jeezy's third installment of the Thug Motivation series has definitely got me back into my Jeezy roots and I couldn't stop listening to it after I had bought it. After hearing Jeezy's previous singles that he had came out with in the past two years, I wasn't worried about his album not delivering. For true Young Jeezy fans, this album will not let you down. I rated this album on the beats, lyrics and creativity and overall it got a 9 out of 10. The beats were definitely on point and this was definitely Jeezy's biggest strength of the album. When I listen to albums, I listen to how the beat flows with the lyrics because sometimes the beat can make the lyrics sound better. Jeezy may not be the best lyrically but his flow is one of the best. I can relate to a lot of the stuff he talks about in the album which makes me want to listen to him more. Lyrics were good as far as giving the fans what they want to hear and it reminded me of the old Jeezy I've always been accustomed to. Creativity was good and I think Jeezy did his research on how to make this album feel different than his previous albums which I think is important so fans don't get tired of listening to the same old material. Definitely a must buy if your a Jeezy fan and worth buying if your a big fan of rap as it has every element you want in a rap/hip-hop album. Can't wait to hear more from Jeezy!
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