So far in the First Week Album Series, we’ve covered  Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Nas and Eminem. This time Stop The Breaks is going to look at Young Jeezy’s track record.

Jeezy hasn’t been in the game for as long as the above rappers or have discographies as deep as theirs, but he made one hell of an impact when he made his debut in 2005 with Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101. Since then, the CTE has been incredibly consistent, dropping both quality albums and mixtapes for almost the past 10 years.

From his groundbreaking debut, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, to 2011’s TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition, we rank Young Jeezy’s first week album sales from best to worst.

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1. The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102

Released: December 12, 2006

Label: Def Jam, Corporate Thugz Entertainment

First Week Album Sales: 352,000

Young Jeezy’s debut may have been the album that got his name in the spotlight, but it was his sophomore album, The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102, that cemented his status as the street legend making his way up the corporate ladder.

Bolstered by its lead single, the DJ Toomp-produced “I Luv It,” which peaked at number 7 on the Billboard US Hot Rap Songs, The Inspiration moved 352,000 units in its first week album sales, debuting at the top of the charts.

With features from pop artists like R. Kelly, Keyshia Cole and Timbaland, The Inspiration was a lot glossier than the gritty Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, although Jeezy still managed to appeal to both the streets and the charts.

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2. The Recession

Released: September 2, 2008

Label: Def Jam, Corporate Thugz Entertainment

First Week Album Sales: 260,000

Prior to releasing his third studio album, Young Jeezy made one of the best crossover moves in his life – he made a guest appearance on Usher’s 2008 hit single “Love in This Club.” Produced by Polow da Don, who was scorching hot at the time, “Love in This Club” topped the charts all over the world – from Australia to Switzerland.

By then, Young Jeezy was ready to drop The Recession. With more hard-hitting singles like the Kanye West-featured “Put On” and the Nas-featured “My President,” the album wasn’t as radio-friendly as Jeezy’s previous effort.

Nevertheless, The Recession managed to debut at the top of the charts, moving 260,000 units in its first week album sales and was one of the biggest hip-hop first week openers of 2008, falling just behind Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye.

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3. TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition

Released: December 20, 2011

Label: Def Jam, Corporate Thugz Entertainment

First Week Album Sales: 233,000

While the album suffered numerous delays and push backs before its December 2011 release date (almost 3 years since Jeezy’s last album), TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition still managed to debut at number 3 on the charts, moving 233,000 copies in its first week album sales.

Those numbers made it one of the biggest hip-hop first week openers of 2011, trailing far behind Lil Wayne, Drake, Kanye and Jay-Z.

Still, the album’s five singles – “Lose My Mind,” “Ballin’,” “F.A.M.E.,” “I Do” and “Leave You Alone” – all attained chart success, with Young Jeezy even snagging a Grammy nomination for the Jay-Z/Andre 3000-assisted single.

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4. Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

Released: July 26, 2005

Label: Def Jam, Corporate Thugz Entertainment

First Week Album Sales: 172,000

After building up an incredible buzz with his mixtapes and owning the streets with his gritty voice and hood anthems, Young Jeezy released his eagerly anticipated album and made history.

As is the usual case, Young Jeezy’s debut, and also his best album, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, also had his lowest first week album sales. Still though, 172,000 copies in the first week and debut at number two on the charts was very impressive, especially considering the street-targeted singles – “And Then What,” “Soul Survivor,” “Go Crazy” and “My Hood.”

Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 would continue Jeezy’s buzz and was eventually certified platinum in 2006.

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5. Seen It All: The Autobiography

Released: September 2, 2014

Label: Def Jam, Corporate Thugz Entertainment

First Week Album Sales: 113,255

Young Jeezy has spent the last few years putting himself into a strong position, getting behind YG and DJ Mustard, jumping on the platinum hit single “My Nigga” and taking on the position of Senior VP of A&R at Atlantic Records.

Seen It All: The Autobiography finds Jeezy back doing what he does best – anthemic street records delivered with his gritty voice over hard, trap production. The record is tighter than previous releases and showcases a much more focused Jeezy.

Guest verse from Jay-Z, Game, Rick Ross and Lil Boosie help bolster the project but it’s all Jeezy on Seen It All: The Autobiography.

The fact that Seen It All: The Autobiography has Jeezy’s worst first week album sales to date doesn’t reflect on the record itself, which is pretty awesome by the way, but rather the music landscape we’re currently in. A landscape where 50’s latest project only manages to sell 47,000 copies in its first week – a far cry from his 1.14 million days.

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Written by Hao Nguyen
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