Next month is the 10 year anniversary of Young Jeezy’s TM101 album. In honor of the album, my team and I decided to dedicate a segment of the show to discuss the project. We all shared candid stories about interactions with Young Jeezy or how the album changed our lives. After sitting with the music and discussing the aftermath of the tape, it was no doubt in my mind that TM101 was a classic.
The landscape in music in 2005 was very different that it was today in regards to the texture of music. There were very few artists signed to major labels that were making music people could live by. Young Jeezy, a new member of Def Jam, created a lifestyle manual for urban hustlers use with TM101. In hindsight, his album was reminiscent of Notorious B.I.G. hit song “Ten Crack Commandments” in regards to audio street gospel.
In regards to production. Jeezy displayed an awesome ear for beats production on the tape. Drumma Boy, Don Cannon, Mannie Fresh and more created a plush landscape for rap stars to ride to. Each song captured the essence of what it was like to be a hustler in the south.
This album was the blueprint for the “hustler music” sub-genre in rap. Young Jeezy changed the rap game with this body of work.