50. Young Jeezy, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101
Label: CTE/Def Jam
Release Date: 7/26/2005
The early Aughts came with the emergence of Young Jeezy, a street wise trapper-turned-rapper who became the hottest commodity in hip-hop thanks to his killer mixtapes, like Trap or Die. His buzz scored him a deal with Def Jam and his album Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101debuted at No. 2, with over 170,000 copies sold. The album spawned several hits, most notably "Go Crazy" and "Soul Survivor."
The album spoke to the streets, featuring choice narcotics references throughout while providing some motivational talk on "Let's Get It/Sky's the Limit." Throw in the addictive "My Hood," along with production by Mannie Fresh, and it's easy to understand why Jeezy's debut album was a success. He connected with his street audience while giving radio songs that made the album a pop smash, at the same damn time.