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    Album Reviews: Young Jeezy Presents U.S.D.A.: Cold Summer by U.S.D.A.

    On Cold Summer, Young Jeezy uses his considerable starpower to boost the careers of USDA cohorts Blood Raw and Slick Pulla. (Agricultural enthusiasts will be disappointed to learn that the trio's USDA moniker stands, dumbly, for United Streets Dopeboys of America.) Coming close on the heels of Jeezy's own The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102, USDA label their album a "mixtape," and the production follows suit, catering straight to the streets and a summertime vibe. Glossy production and intricate beats are avoided at all costs in favor of anonymous backdrops punctuated by arbitrary sirens and gunfire.

    Fortunately, Jeezy and his pals generate some sparks while trading verses, hitting on a few quirky and memorable vocal melodies, as in the way Christina Aguilera's name figures prominently on "Young Girl." Lyrically, USDA stay on well-trod territory: coke, women and braggadocio. As the media buzzes about sexism in hip-hop, they gleefully feed their critics ammunition—"Go and shake your ass, bitch—I'm 'a throw this money" goes one particularly catchy refrain.

    —Adam McKibbin
    05.29.07

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