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Young Jeezy 

The Inspiration (Def Jam)

The lyrics of last year's platinum Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 introduced Jeezy as a ruthless villain whose work ethic, confidence and love for his hood made him an affable anti-hero. But with the exception of tracks such as "Bury Me a G" and "I Luv It," Jeezy's second album shows little development, and so most of The Inspiration falls flat. The Giorgio Moroder-via-Atlanta production that made his debut so great is back in full force to save him from his self-admitted shortcomings on the mic, but the swagger doesn't hold up as well the second time around. A warmed-over retread of one of the best albums of 2005, The Inspiration is pretty good — but ultimately, um, uninspiring.

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