Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy has announced after the release of this month’s Thug Motivation 103 solo album, he will put a stop to the popular series which kicked off six years ago.
In Jeezy’s opinion, it is time to move on after giving people six years of Thug Motivation records.
“I think this is the last one,” Jeezy said in an interview. “That’s why I put it together the way I did, you know. It’s on to the next chapter, the next phase. We did TM 101, which was [the first] Thug Motivation, 2 milli, changed the game a lil’ bit. I like to call it a classic. Just a lil’ bit though. … We did The Inspiration. I didn’t call it 102, but I think everybody in the streets called it 102 so I had to kind of ride with that. And then of course The Recession, shout out to Barack Obama, so now we’re back to motivating the thugs. … 2012, I just wanted to be there for my people.” (WPGC 95.5)
Since 2005, Jeezy has dropped two Thug Motivation albums.
Driven by the hit “Soul Survivor,” Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 eventually did even better, nestling at the number two spot in the Billboard 200. The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102 followed in late 2006, and by that point, Jeezy had become one of the most prominent MCs; the album became his first number-one smash. In 2007 he introduced his U.S.D.A. crew with the album Cold Summer, and then returned to his solo career a year later with the politically minded The Recession — his second set to reach number one. In 2010 the single “Lose My Mind” announced the coming of his fourth major-label release, TM 103. (All Music)
The upcoming Thug Motivation 103 project features rap stars like Jay-Z and Andre 3000.
1. Waiting [Prod. By Lil Lody] 2. What I Do (Just Like That) [Prod. By Drumma Boy] 3. O.J. (Ft. Jadakiss & Fabolous) [Prod. By Lil Lody] 4. Nothing [Prod. By Lil Lody] 5. Way Too Gone [Prod. By Mike Will] 6. SupaFreak (Ft. 2Chainz) [Prod. By D. Rich] 7. All We Do [Prod. By Midnight Black] 8. Leave You Alone (Ft. Ne-Yo) [Prod. By Warren G] 9. Everythang [Prod. By Lil Lody] 10. Trapped (Ft. Jill Scott) [Prod. By J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League] 11. F.A.M.E. (Ft. T.I.) [Prod. By J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League] 12. I Do (Ft. Jay-Z & Andre 3000) [Prod. By M16] 13. Higher Learning (Ft. Snoop Dogg, Devin The Dude & Mitchelle’l) [Prod. By Lil C] 14. This One’s For You (Ft. Trick Daddy) [Prod. By Lil Lody] (Thug Motivation 103)
Outside of TM 103, Jeezy recently discussed an interest to make a joint effort alongside Atlanta’s T.I.
Although both Atlanta rappers have had hectic schedules this fall, Jeezy said that he and T.I. may someday release a joint album, a la “Watch The Throne.” “Me and Tip actually were together and we [talked] about it,” he said. “We’ve just hit the ground running and been doing so many records that I don’t think it’s impossible. And we’ve known each other [long] enough to put something like that together, and I definitely think that the city would need it, because it would be a good look. And it would be an amazing album release party, by the way.” (Billboard)
Thug Motivation 103 is slated to hit stores Tuesday, December 20th.
Check out a recent Young Jeezy interview below: