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The Recession (Bonus Track Version)

Young Jeezy

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Album Review

Dropping the sequential album titles for his third release, Young Jeezy's The Recession introduces itself as anything but Thug Motivation 103. The opening title track features a collage of some very 2008 news reports where America is going broke while the "they just don't care about us" feeling sweeps the nation. Then Jeezy enters trading his non-stop swagger for social commentary, and while the singalong thug chorus is as strong as ever, the rapper's transformation from cocaine-slinging king to voice of the people is unconvincing, especially when he mentions his personal driver and how his "make it rain" sessions at the strip club are getting more conservative. The Barack Obama shout-out that closes the album — "My President" with special guest Nas — works much better with flippant verses ("We ready for damn change/So you all let the man shine") more suitable for a man who prefers to be called "The Snowman." Same goes for "Circulate" and its great line about oil prices ("Gas higher than me") but The Recession abandons politics often enough that you can't call it ponderous or even a concept album. With those great drums and fake trumpets producer Drumma Boy loves so much, trap star anthem "Amazin" is simple, feel-good music for pimps and players, while the soul-filled "Word Play" finds Jeezy and the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League celebrating the power of rap with warm nostalgia in their hearts. "Put On" with Kanye West singing through an Auto-Tune is the usual second-line goodness that Jeezy normally rounds out albums with, but there's more forgettable filler than expected, most of it sounding like mixtape leftovers or in the case of "Vacation," lackluster and forced club tracks. Of course with 18 songs the album allows for some dead weight and trimming. Even if it falls a distant third out of the first three, the scattershot Recession is still a welcome and even risky step forward, one carried by its highlights and the newfound awareness that the cocaine grind isn't everything. [The Recession was also made available in a clean version with all explicit material removed.]

Customer Reviews

What are u talking about? Its a great album.

This is a good album and if you have taste for rap music you will agree with me. Put on is definetly the best song here and My president is a close second.


How utterly daunting. Why are people that obviously don't like rap music reviewing rap albums on itunes? It makes no sense! Judging by their comments they have to idea who Young Jeezy is or where he came from or WHEN he first broke out onto the scene. They didn't buy the album and I'll be willing to bet they haven't actually listened to it all the way through. Among hip hop circles this album has actually been getting some really good reviews. Personally, I love his voice his flow and the collabos on this album are awesome. You got all the heavy hitters Jay-z (proven legend), Nas (one of the best all time lyricists), Kanye West, these guys are the best of the best. So from now on I guess I'll have to flood the rock genre or "indie" genre with qualms I have with it's artists.

Hustlaz BAD ambition

This is and ok album. This is basically your typical rap album and not one of the songs have a good rythmetic flow to its beat.


Born: October 12, 1977 in Columbia, SC

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Atlanta-based Young Jeezy originally planned on having a background role in the music industry — as a businessman, not as a rapper. Years before making his first Def Jam album — Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, released in July 2005 — he set up Corporate Thugz Entertainment and promoted Cash Money releases. From there, he branched out as a label boss and artist in his own right, releasing albums and mixtapes. Come Shop wit' Me, his independently distributed debut from 2003, allegedly...
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