DJ Drama and Jeezy—who grew to become well-known as Younger Jeezy—had been equally essential to lure music changing into the dominant sound of hip-hop within the mid-aughts. Although lure is much less of a powerhouse in 2022 than it was then, SNOFALL, a undertaking launched nearly 20 years after their first pairing (2004’s Tha Streetz Iz Watchin’ mixtape), confirms that collectively they’re as succesful as they ever had been of manufacturing—to borrow a phrase widespread in Drama parlance—high quality road music.
SNOFALL itself sounds an awesome deal like their earliest collaborative work. The undertaking options the very producers who helped him outline their shared period, names like D. Wealthy, Cool & Dre, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and Don Cannon. And Jeezy is as pugnacious an MC as he ever was, if barely wizened. Right here he opts much less for flexing on detractors than educating the legions of youthful G’s he as soon as took a lot delight in motivating to chase paper. He makes use of songs like “Road Cred” to instill a imaginative and prescient of authorized hustling, warning them that “road cred” by no means paid any of his payments, fed his household, took him in a foreign country for months at a time, or helped him shut a million-dollar deal. None of which is to say that the balling has slowed in any manner, form, or style. Look no additional than “Nonetheless Havin,” “Grammy,” or “My Accountant” for an understanding that the Jeezy model remains to be and can all the time be “wealthy gangsta shit.”