Released in 2007, "Young Jeezy Presents...USDA:Cold Summer" is the debut album/mixtape from the rap group lead by the Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy, the United Streets Dopeboyz of America (USDA), who consist of Jeezy, Slick Pulla and Blood Raw, who as their collective name suggests, hads them rap about a Gangsta lifestyle of the southern US streets.
When it comes to street entreprenourship, "Focus" is a key element of making things work, so this one, to start the album off acts as a motivational piece as it tells the rappers what this target is: getting money.
2. "White Girl"
The second single off the album comes in this track, and unlik you probably think, when reading the title, it is about selling coccaine "White Girl", which is also incorrectly called "Christina Aguilera" too, despite the fact she is largely of Hispanic origin. Aside from this, you have a big Gangsta Rap track for the streets.
3. "Get It Up"
The man behind their debut single, Arnax Smith, does the production here, and he comes up with something which matches the stlye of the rapper's which confusing sounds like it is suited to Floridian rap act, such as Blood Raw from the group, but is also the way that Jeezy and Pulla are knwon to do things. With all this in mind, it works for them, but wasn't that special.
We are ran through a checklist of things which you require to make things work when you are grinding on the streets. It is quite inspirational, strangely, as it talks you through the things which you will end up with if all the things are followed correctly.
5. "Corporate Thuggin'"
This was the debut single from the album, and had the group come up with a banger of a track o attract peopel such as myslef as you get some killer beats from Arnaz Smith, who comes up with a smooth, street-suited piece of production to suit the stlye of Jeezy and the crew which he leads.
6. "Throw This Money"
Set in a strip club, this one has the group splurge as they spend all the expendable income at such establishments, and describe what thy see whilst in such a place. Jeezy has little input in this one, and it is a positive, as it gives Blood Raw and Slick Pulla a chance to show off their individual skills.
I knew that I was going to like this one as soon as I heard the smooth beats, which continue what has been heard since the start of the album. In this one they use this to their advantage by choosing to go for a slower one where they attempt to win over the local "freak", Pam. Its different, and it works, so there are no complaints.
In a continuation of the last track, you get them perform a little no-strings activity with the girl who the just picked up. You have them take on seductive G-Funk-inspired beats, produced by Drumma Boy and it works extremely well with the theme of the track.
9. "Live My Life"
Scar, an R&B artist, gets his name up by cllabrating o this one, however, for me he did very little with his weak voice as h simply sinjgs a simple chorus. I thought that by starting with him, it put me off the whole thing, so the raps just didn't get to me at all. The daily routine of a "Trap star" is apped abou USDA here
10. "Ride Tonite"
On this one you get another big street-suited track where the group come together to do a track directed to those who are living similar lives to what they have (or at least did until they got a Def Jam deal). I didn't like it as much as others on the album, but its not bad.
11. "What It Is"
You get highly complex production when T.A. gets on the beats, and I think that this may be problematic for them, as they work best when the rhythm is simple, but they seem to work fairly well with it all. There isn't a clear thmee here, and it gives them lots of freedom, however they don't take advantage of this, and they do pretty much what you hear throughout the rest of the album.
12. "I Keep Tellin' Myself"
This one just didn't work for me as this one is a very predictbale one where the group come together and speak on their delight at achieiveing so much, despite such troublesome upbringings. I expected a lot more from them, but they chose to go more a simple filler with raps they could easily whip together in a few minutes.
13. "Respect Da Shield"
Casual member of the group, Roccet, comes to collaborate with them on this one, and its perfect tming as this, the final USDA track on the album has them speak on how all oustiders should "Respect the Shield" of USDA, the symbol of all it is to be in this elite team.
14. "Go Getta" (Remix)
One of the big singles off his second album, "The Inspiration" this ones first version got the rapper's name up in the game with its collab with R. Kelly. However in this remix, you get him work not only with Kellz but also Bun B and Jadakiss for a great re-make to an already strong tune from Jeezy.
For me, I was surprised by the high standard of the album. In general, it was a strong one for them, and as I don't really rate Young Jeezy, I didn't expect to get much from this. However I really liked what they did, especially when it came to the input of the Flordian rapper, Blood Raw.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 White Girl
3 Get It Up
5 Corporate Thuggin'
6 Throw This Money
9 Live My Life - Scar, , U.S.D.A.
10 Ride Tonight
11 What It Is
12 I Keep Tellin' Myself
13 Respect Da Shield - Roccetti, 211, , U.S.D.A.
14 Go Getta [Remix][*] - Bun B, Jadakiss, R. Kelly, , U.S.D.A.