By Jim Schutze
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Young Jeezy's fourth major-label slab, reportedly titled Thug Motivation 103, was supposed to drop sometime in 2009. But soon the rapper pushed back the release date to June 2010 before flip-flopping with a guesstimate of July. Then, a couple of months ago, the world was told to expect Lil J's street opus September 28. Unsurprisingly, plans have changed again.
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So we wonder: Could TM 103, as it's known among insiders, be Jaylen Jenkins' Chinese Democracy? Probably not. He doesn't really seem the type to lock himself away for 15 years, diddling strippers and fiddling with knobs. But it wouldn't be a bad idea for Jeezy watchers to generally disregard the new, supposedly definite street date of December 14. Until we see 103 on Christmas special at FYE, it's all just hype.
While we wait for the full package, though, there are plenty of scraps to scrutinize, such as last spring's promo mixtape, Trap or Die II: By Any Means Necessary, and single "Jizzle," which features Lil Jon. Then there's Saturday's live show at the Palladium Ballroom. So listen between the lines, head to the show and try to telepathically extract some truth from Jeezy's iron-trap mind.
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