Last night at New York City’s Highline Ballroom, Young Jeezy – the rapper known as much for his platinum-selling albums Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 and The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102 as for his trademark Snowman T-shirts – got some help from the biggest names in hip-hop as he celebrated the six-year anniversary of the release of TM101.
TM101 was a musical blizzard of genuine, slickly spewed narratives, simplistic but lovable ad-libs and hard-hitting beats, and became the definitive soundtrack for the summer of 2005. Last night, the Snowman started his set with fan favorites off TM101 like “Standing Ovation” and “Get Your Mind Right.” (The show had been billed as Jeezy performing the album in its entirety.)
But just a few minutes later, Young Jeezy turned the mic over as surprise guest Jay-Z swooped in and gave an extra dose of lyrical adrenaline of the remix to “Go Crazy”: “More than a hustla I’m the definition of it,” Jay rapped. “Master chef, lord of the kitchen cupboard/ More than a street legend, homie it’s Hova/ More than a relief pitcher, I’m the closer.”
Then, things got crazier: The Jiggaman’s “Throne” partner Kanye West came out for “Put On,” off of Jeezy’s last album The Recession (2008). Bun B came out for “Trap or Die,” while Fabolous helped out on “Flexin” and “Rollin.” Fab then got a chance to showcase his own material with “You Be Killin Em.”
During a quick change into a Snowman T-shirt (they were banned in some public schools years ago) and his bandanna, the Lox (Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch) took over the Highline with a medley of their tracks, getting one of the rowdiest shows of adulation of the night.
Returning to the stage, Jeezy stopped the music to tell the fans his long-awaited TM103 would be out in September – and he sent everyone home with some TM102 traveling music, “Go Getta” and “I Luv It.”