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Look up at the clouds — tell me, what do you see? The sky? Nah, not Young Jeezy: As he informs us on Let's Get It, in his patented Godfather wheeze, he sees "opportunity." He then adds, unnecessarily, "I'm a opportunist!!!"
Welcome Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, easily one of the decade's most emphatic rap albums. Jeezy caught some heat from critics for the Schwarzenegger-one-liner approach to rap he displayed on Let's Get It, but by abiding sternly by a few basic rules, he became one of rap's most vivid figures. In essence: Make it as simple and memorable as possible. Extra syllables just clutter up space. Puzzling over riddles just slows us down in our all-consuming march towards The Money.
Because Young Jeezy really, really wants you to make money. He simply cannot stress this point enough. Listening to Let's Get It, one can imagine what it might be like to be Lex Luther's underachieving, ne-'er-do-evil son, constantly being exhorted by his supervillain father to go out and make something of himself. "I'm what the streets made me! A product of my environment!/ Took what the streets gave me! A product of my environment!" Jeezy gasps on "Thug Motivation 101."
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