Album of the Week: Jeezy – "Seen It All: The Autobiography"
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:21:34
Everything we see makes us who we are. That sentiment certainly lives on within the title of Jeezy’s seventh studio album, Seen It All: The Autobiography. The record not only captures his gritty storytelling, but it boasts some of his most robust, raw, and rough rapping to date. He hasn’t softened over the years. In fact, he’s only gotten harder, and that’s what makes Seen It All: The Autobiography his best album to date. Now, of course that’s saying a lot given a catalog that includes The Recession and Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. However, it’s true.
Jeezy comes out of the gate uncaged and undeniable on “1/4 Block”, hitting the streets with Training Day-style intensity and spirit. Meanwhile, “What You Say” and “Enough” function as vivid hood portraits, maximizing impact on instantly unforgettable hooks all driven by Jeezy. Akon offers up his signature stamp during the anthemic “Been Getting Money”, while “Seen It All” puts Jeezy toe-to-toe with Jay-Z going verse-for-verse and standing up tall as one of the greats himself. Game and Rick Ross add a little Los Angeles and Miami spark, respectively, to “Beautiful”, while Future’s spacey delivery deepens the brooding, yet beautiful “No Tears”.
The record’s finale “How I Did It (Perfection)” provides a powerful conclusion and one of the album’s most potent moments. Jeezy has certainly Seen It All, but he can convey it better than anybody. This is the record that formally puts him in league with the genre’s best storytellers such as Nas, Eminem, and Hov. This is one of the year’s best hip-hop albums. This is who Jeezy is...
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