A couple years ago Young Jeezy was in a brief photo essay in Blender about artists wearing what they would in their regular situations. Jeezy was sitting on a fire hydrant wearing Levi's. There was not a lot of text, but what it essentially said was "Why would I wear anything else? I'm a dude who has to take care of stuff. Things need to get done, I do them." Significantly less flashy than I'm a business maaaan. And it's that salt-of-the-earth honesty and ruggedness that shines through in the best of Jeezy. With this track, supposedly from Thug Motivation 103, he's leaning heavily on the soulful strings end of dramatic production. Not quite back to the Curtis Mayfield genius of his Cannon-produced "Go Crazy," which is probably the most perfect song in the history of recorded music—or whatever—but this sidesteps the timpani thunderbolts for something more along the lines of his Billy Paul-sampling economy paean "Circulate" from The Recession, a song that unfortunately was tied heavily to Belvedere vodka, kind of killing its cred. But it is an unheralded beast. "I Got This" isn't as exuberant as either track—sounds like Jeezy maybe recorded this sitting down and satisfied, not up on his feet belting obscenities, celebrations and moans. But, you know, JFK on a boat chilling with some sunglasses is as good as "Ich bin ein Berliner" JFK. Different shit different day, not mad.
Download: Young Jeezy, "I Got This (Don't Worry)"