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

It would be easy for Def Jam rapper Young Jeezy to be upstaged amid high-profile upcoming releases by labelmates Jay-Z and Nas. But Jeezy has a formidable cast in his corner for his sophomore album, "The Inspiration," due Dec. 12. The project will boast guest appearances from Ludacris, T.I., Keyshia Cole, Three 6 Mafia, Young Buck and Timbaland, among others.

Songs tipped to appear on the album include "3 A.M.," "Dreamin'," "Child of God" and "I Luv It," which debuted last week at No. 1 on Billboard's Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 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 last month's Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta.