There is no doubt that in 2005 you were vibing to some Jeezy. Whether you were blasting his music in the parking lot of your high school or on the way to a house party, the year he dropped the Trap or Die mixtape and TM 101 album was a year to remember. These particular projects, and his discography thereafter, were emblematic of their time. In 2014, Jezzy is back with the release of Seen It All: The Autobiography. True to his style, he spits motivational lyrics whilst creating party tracks.
The album begins with “1/4 Block,” a lyrical narrative that can best be compared to a scene from The Wire; Jeezy, posted on the corner or in the kitchen, hustling to survive. Atlanta’s Childish Major handles the production, whose use of the electric guitars gives the track a grimey effect. “What You Say,” also produced by Childish Major, is a classic Jeezy cut, specifically meant to be played in the club or in the car at an extremely high volume. On “Enough,” produced by Kenoe, Jeezy insists that if you “grind hard enough” and practice having some get up and go about yourself, then you could achieve success and keep it G just like him. “Holy Ghost,” whose remixed version features Kendrick Lamar, is a reflective of Jeezy’s life over production by Don Cannon, Lyle LeDuff and Frank Dukes. When it comes to this track, it’s a no brainer when it comes to hitting the repeat button.
I feel like with every Jeezy album you get an experience and I think that’s still the case here. The production is nice, the features are all good and make sense – he didn’t just select someone solely because they were hot but because they bounce off each other well. I think in terms of hip-hop releases so far this year, this is up there with YG’s. – Erin Duncan for RESPECT.
Midway through the album, “Me OK,” produced by Drumma Boy aka D Boy Fresh, and “Seen It All” featuring Jay Z and produced by Cardo, keep the listener in bated breath. “Seen It All” is the backbone for the album being the most authentic and what we call “the G-Code standard for sifting out rap counterfeits.” “Been Gettin’ Money” featuring Akon has the feel of “Soul Survivor” from their platinum collaboration featured on TM 101. “Beautiful,” featuring The Game and Rick Ross, sounds just as luxurious as the lifestyle portrayed over the production by Black Metaphor, it’s a rich grand finale. In an interview with The Breakfast Club, when asked how did the collaboration come about after his beef with Rick Ross, Jeezy responded that he “had to come to terms of being an adult and a leader,” ending with the two reconciling and wanting to continue making great music for the people.
After a less-than-memorable outing with TM:103, Jeezy is back with some more of that addictive, motivational music that speaks to not only the D-boys, but hustlers in general. – Emanuel Wallace for RESPECT.
On the deluxe version of Seen It All: The Autobiography, Jeezy teams up with label mate August Alsina who lends his vocals to the sultry “Fuck The World,” produced by Def Jams No I.D. and Trakmatik. “Beez Like That” produced by Will-A-Fool, features Lil Boosie who is showing no signs of slowing down on his verse. Jeezy looks back with Future over the course of their careers on “No Tears” produced by Mike Will Made It and the album concludes with “How I Did It (Perfection).”
Jeezy’s Seen It All: The Autobiography is consistent with his past works, lyrically, but a little more in-depth. He keeps it honest and thorough throughout the project. The producers who worked on this album mesh well together giving the album a nice flow with each song complimenting the next. Seen It All, if having to be compared it to his previous albums, could fit in between The Recession and TM 103. Needless to say, the RESPECT staff favored the album and despite everything that he’s seen and gone through including recent allegations, Jeezy proves that on Seen It All: The Autobiography, you can’t ban the snowman.
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