Today in Hip Hop History: The Inspiration

The Inspiration Young Jeezy
The Inspiration (2006)

Today in Hip Hop History: December 12, 2006

Atlanta-based trap rap pioneer Young Jeezy released his fourth album (and second major release), The Inspiration, through Def Jam Recordings and his own imprint Corporate Thugz Entertainment, CTE, in 2006. The album followed up his breakout mainstream hit album, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101The Inspiration featured production from Shawty Redd, DJ Toomp, Timbaland, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and several more.

Taking inspiration (no pun intended) from Southern rappers 8Ball & MJG, Three 6 Mafia, Cool Breeze, etc., Young Jeezy brought trap rap to the forefront of mainstream hip hop in the early 2000’s. The sub-genre of hip hop consists of rhyming about street living, drug dealing and getting by as a “survivor.” As of a few years ago, trap rap has exploded in the hip hop scene, encompassing a significant portion of club and party hip hop today.

As for the album itself, Young Jeezy brought more hits to the table with The Inspiration. Singles “I Luv It,” “Dreamin’ (featuring Keyshia Cole)” and “Go Getta (featuring R. Kelly)” all received substantial radio airplay after the album’s release. Additionally, a collaboration with self-proclaimed “trap rap” term-creator T.I. on the song “I Got Money” has the essential rhymes on the two rappers’ stacks of cash and 28″ rims on their whips.

The Inspiration did very well commercially; peaking at #1 on both the U.S. Billboard 200 and U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. It is officially RIAA Certified double Platinum. The major label sophomore effort continued Young Jeezy’s dominance in trap rap in the mid-2000’s.

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