Jeezy is one of the most consistent and well-respected rappers/trappers in the game; it's rare to hear be able to discern authenticity audibly, but that's always been Jeezy's schtick. As an artist though, The Snowman's growth hasn't been all that tremendous. He stays current and relevant, but rarely delivers bodies of work outside of what you may expect.
His latest LP, the 13-song Pressure, is a quality collection of songs that core fans will undoubtedly embrace. There are plenty of standouts, such as the lead single featuring Diddy, "Bottles Up," which borrows sonic elements from Three 6 Mafia's classic song "Tear the Club Up," and features from 2 Chainz on the ballerific "Floor Seats," Kodak Black and YG on the title track and Rick Ross alongside Toronto's own Tory Lanez on "Like Them," are all guaranteed to snatch rotation spots on urban playlists.
Thinking back on songs like "Go Crazy" and "Seen it All," which both featured JAY-Z, and "My President," featuring Nas, Jeezy albums have always tended to have a moment that makes fans break their metaphorical rewind buttons. On Pressure, that moment is "American Dream," featuring two of the most revered lyricists of the day, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. It's more than worth a spin, or five, or ten.
Just like you don't go to Wal-Mart for lobster, you don't go to 40-year-old Jeezy for DAMN.-level introspection. Yet, a few weeks shy of a decade in the game, he still does what he does best — and does that very well. You can't ban the Snowman. (YJ Music / Def Jam / CTE)