The Snowman’s Legacy: A Review of Jeezy’s 'TM104: The Legend of the Snowman'
Close your eyes. It’s 2005, and you’re 11 years old in the 5th grade. Your mom is finally letting you listen to rap music, so you decide you decide that you’re all in. One day you come home from school, and while watching 106 & Park you hear what would later be called trap music for the first time. The Mannie Fresh beat hits, and a bald headed man in a black bandana hits the screen. First, I’m gon’ stack my flow ( And then what?). Then, I’m gon’ stack some more. You nod your head and continue listening. Close shop then I do my count. Hide the rest of the yams at my auntie’s house. You have no idea what this guy is talking about, but you love the how raw it sounds. From there you decide to find out who this guy is and follow him. Fast forward to today, the same artist releases the final album in a series that spans 14 years. You hit play, and the first track immediately gives that feeling you had when you first listened to that artist. Jeezy is that artist, and TM104: The Legend of the Snowman is that album. This album feels like baggy jeans, XXL t-shirts and multi-colored Air Force ones. The nostalgia brought on this album is unreal. Sonically, this album sounds like a return to the roots of trap music with production from Lex Luger, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and more.
This album does what a trap album is supposed to do: hit hard. This is especially showcased on the highlight of the album, MLK Blvd. Lyrically, Jeezy sounds as comfortable as he has ever been all throughout this album. TM104 is laced raps that tell of a man reflecting on the work he has put in both the streets and the music industry. The Gary Vee sampled intro track enTRAPreneur epitomizes the motivation that Jeezy has made a career off of while the John Legend featured The Real MVP is a beautiful letter to Jeezy’s mother.
All together, TM104: The Legend of the Snowman is a nostalgic return to classic trap music while ushering a close to one of the most iconic albums series of all time.