It would be easy for Def Jam rapper Young Jeezy to be upstaged amid high-profile releases by labelmates Jay-Z and Nas. But Jeezy has a formidable cast in his corner for his sophomore album, "The Inspi

It would be easy for Def Jam rapper Young Jeezy to be upstaged amid high-profile releases by labelmates Jay-Z and Nas. But Jeezy has a formidable cast in his corner for his sophomore album, "The Inspiration," due this week. The project will boast guest appearances from Ludacris, T.I., Keyshia Cole, Three 6 Mafia, Young Buck and Timbaland, among others. First single "I Luv It" is No. 10 this week on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart.

Jeezy says he recorded 114 songs for the album, ultimately selecting the best 14. Are the other 100 gone forever? "Maybe, maybe not," he says. "I did this in case anything ever happens to me, so I've got a couple of albums left. You never know these days."

"The Inspiration" follows Jeezy's 2005 debut, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101," which reached No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.7 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Jeezy also won best new R&B/hip-hop artist at the recent Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta.

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