Young Jeezy
1,000 Grams


1.5
very poor

Review

by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
August 13th, 2010 | 35 replies | 12,473 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A piss-poor, formulaic release by a piss-poor, formulaic rapper.

3 of 7 thought this review was well written

There’s a saying that goes, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” At this point, Jeezy is joining, not beating. It’s pretty well acknowledged by ‘the streets’ that the Snowman has been ousted by five-year rival Gucci Mane. The two have always been fairly even in way of beats (slight edge to the latter), but Gucci has always been much better lyrically and is (arguably) still on the rise. So it’s not very surprising that Mr. 17.5 has begun to draw small influences from his superior peer over the past few months. In addition to muting adlibs and placing them in the background rather than delivering them in the verse, he’s adopted the Gucci-esque technique of releasing a slew of mixtapes in promotion of his upcoming album TM 103. With two official mixtapes this year, a hit single, and various leaks to his credit, Jeezy is in a battle royale with not only Gucci, but T.I. The three Atlanta heavyweights all have scheduled their albums to be released on the same day, and it’s looking like the Snowman is gonna take the bronze. 1,000 Grams is a simple, cheap, yet effective ploy to generate attention. Despite an all-too common formula (rapping over the beats of prominent songs by other rappers, with a big name DJ ‘co-signing’ the tape) 1,000 Grams is a shoe-in as a hit, but is one of the worst releases swirling about the mixtape circuit right now.

On his past releases, Jeezy’s success has been spurred on by his cinematic trap beats driven by electronics and spooky organs and a stubborn, coke-first mentality. While the latter persists on this record, the former does not, and this painfully exposes his lack of technical skill. Never commended for being a stellar vocalist, Jeezy’s raspy, shouting delivery, at times choppy flow, and style of lyricism don’t help him in the eyes of more experienced, well-versed rap fans. When not in his element, these things beleaguer him even more so than before. Admittedly, his flow has sped up a bit and his delivery is a lot smoother, but his lyrics are the same old song and dance. With corny, hyphenated punchlines (“Call me Scarface – breakin’ down kilo”) and overly obvious internals (“I think it’s de-hydrated/Put a lil’ water on it, get it re-hydrated”) littered amongst materialistic boasts, drug number/measurement lingo, hypermasculine bravado, Jeezy is by far no lyrical wizard.

What truly makes this mixtape a flop, though, is the fact that Jeezy doesn’t even outdo rappers on their own tracks, which is what you’re supposed to shoot for when rapping over a beat that is not your own. He should be ashamed of his shoddy, relatively horrendous performance on “Powder” - which is placed over Kanye West’s prog rock-influenced “Power” – as he comes nowhere close to touching what Kanye did. On songs such as “Dope Boy Swag” (a remix of Soulja Boy’s “Pretty Boy Swag”) and “Drug Dealin’ Muzik” (a remix of Waka Flocka Flame’s “Oh Let’s Do It”) he flow-jacks like no other and on songs such as “Choppa N Da Paint”, overtly steals rhyme schemes. Top this all off with DJ Scream’s annoying shoutouts (think: exaggerated take on Game’s voice) and the unnecessary intro, you’ve got a pretty poor release. The saving grace of 1,000 Grams is “Death B4 Dishonor”, a diss to Rick Ross over Officer Rickay’s Shawty Redd beat “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)”, which is the #7 song on the rap charts, behind Jeezy’s “Lose My Mind”. However, this is more or less a good song in a meta- way (I like the fact that Jeezy is dissing a labelmate), rather than being aesthetically pleasant.

Despite the overnight success this release has garnered, it’s disheartening to see how bad this is, especially after how encouragingly enjoyable “Lose My Mind” and “Jizzle” are. I was starting to (dare I say it) look forward to TM 103. But they say you practice how you play, and if 1,000 Grams is a warm-up, TM 103 isn’t gonna be too hot.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
hydeyomoney
August 14th 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

while not nearly as good as Trap or Die 2, this isn't as terrible as you make it out to be. Still, its not a bad review.

Bulldog
August 14th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Jeezy should stick to Shawty Redd, Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, and Don Cannon tracks.

Urinetrouble
August 14th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

1 star booldawg review

btw good review. won't be checking this out

i might review the White mixtape when it comes out for the lulz

Bulldog
August 14th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

errybody on his label got a code name

Urinetrouble
August 14th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the fact that jeezy signed that guy because he wanted "his own Eminem" is sad

Urinetrouble
August 14th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

WE ALL SOLD COCAINE!!

Bulldog
August 14th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

the fact that jeezy signed that guy at all is sad

Urinetrouble
August 14th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the most talented new comer to hip-hop lol. he makes fred durst look good. btw young jeezy sucks lil' weezy's cock for cocaine

Bulldog
August 14th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Tha Carter I - Tha Carter III era Lil Wayne is mostly good, and Young Jeezy has epic beats, but is shitty as a rapper. It'd probably be the other way around, actually.

Urinetrouble
August 14th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

tbh ive only heard rebirth and the block is hot. never bothered to check out the the carter albums

Bulldog
August 14th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The Block Is Hot is decent
Tha Carter is solid
Tha Carter II is great
Tha Carter III is really mixed, with songs ranging from amazing to shitty
Rebirth is downright awful.

fr33convict
August 14th 2010



11687 Comments


I gave this it's very first 1.

Urinetrouble
August 14th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

so ill get carter 1-2 and avoid 3

fr33convict
August 14th 2010



11687 Comments


I don't think carter 3 is bad enough to avoid just not as good as 1-2.

Urinetrouble
August 14th 2010



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

fine ill download it but ill take out the shitty songs. what are the best songs anyways? also, i'm litening to malice n wonderland-snoop dogg, what the hell happened to snoop?

tombits
August 14th 2010



3469 Comments


a piss poor, formulaic review from a piss poor, formulaic reviewer.

Bulldog
August 14th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

sorry you dont like it tombits. anything i can do to save it or at least make it better?

illmitch
August 14th 2010



5429 Comments


a piss poor, formulaic review from a piss poor, formulaic reviewer.


fucking lol

IAJP
August 14th 2010



378 Comments


this review is amazing, i might actually check this album out to see if it's as piss poor as you say it is haha,


also i literally LOL'd at "drug dealin muzik"

Prolapse
August 14th 2010



4370 Comments


he should have just named it "1kg"



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