Young Jeezy Loses His Ambition
“You know the world has been waiting on 103…” proclaims Jeezy on the intro track to his latest album, TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition. He couldn’t have been further from the truth as it’s been three years since his last retail album, The Recession. TM:103 does not live up fully to the wait.
In what sounds like a rushed album, TM:103 seems like maybe Def Jam had a hand in the delays, maybe they made him create a more commercial album.
He’s never really claimed to be a lyrical artist, but what attracts to fans to Young Jeezy are the street tales, raspy voice and straightforward delivery. All of these characteristics are there on TM:103 but for some reason the album feels like it’s still lacking something.
The songs “Ballin’” and “Lose My Mind”, originally posed to be the big singles from the album, have been out for years now. It’s almost a slap in the face to the consumers to add these tracks to the “deluxe version” for $4 more when most Jeezy fans have had these songs for quite some time now. The odd thing is that if the album consisted of songs of that nature, it would have been much more rewarding for the wait.
Instead, we are exposed to some very mundane guest appearances (sans Jill Scott, who provides some light on an otherwise boring song) from Fabolous, Jadakiss, 2 Chainz, Future and Snoop Dogg on songs that feel as if they were just thrown together at the last minute. A few songs also lack the level of production that we’re used to with Jeezy and instead sound more suitable for a Gucci Mane album.
There are some very bright spots on this album that stick to the theme of the Thug Motivation catalog, including “Way Too Gone” (if you can ignore the subpar Future verse) and “F.A.M.E. (feat. T.I.).
As with his past releases, Jeezy does his best when he’s on his own. “Everythang” and “All We Do” are the type of trunk-rattling tracks we are used to hearing from him. That’s not to say that there aren’t some compelling group tracks, though. “I Do” with Jay-Z and Andre 3000 has seen much commercial success and radio play and combines three unlikely artists together rapping about an unexpected topic. Trick Daddy also appears on the Rick Ross diss track, “This One’s For You”, which is gripping, but the beef between the rappers is a little worn out now.
All in all, the album is not a failure by any means; and honestly, you can’t blame Jeezy for some of the guest appearances and sub-par production as you have to know that Def Jam had a hand in this. As a listener, you have to want to hear the rest of the TM:103 sessions to see what this album could have been. You might even just want to skip forward to TM:104. But for now, this album is a decent holding place and will get you over the wait for the next Young Jeezy album.
(editor's note I would rate Jeezy at least a nine, much better than Recession - Gonzo)
Key Tracks: “Waiting”, “All We Do”, “Fame”, “I Do”
By Mike Andrews