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Young Jeezy’s third album, The Recession, is an exorcism, a confessional, a forebodement. Anything but a celebration. Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 was nothing short of a bombastic rap opera about crack distribution and positive cash flow, but three years after Jeezy’s debut, the economy has dried up, the country is under a black cloud, and now even Jeezy is having trouble keeping his head up. “And I ain't never tried this s***, imagine how that white feel / But that don't even matter though, trying to pay the light bill / Light bill, phone bill, plus my granny nerve pills / Feel like I should be takin' ‘em, imagine how my nerves feel” (from “Crazy World”). You know things are tough when Jeezy begins to doubt his own dreams of Scarface-style grandeur. The usual team of producers (Drumma Boy, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Shawty Redd) provide the usual wall of synths, but there is something forlorn beneath the frenzy, especially on “Everything” and “Amazin’.” Imbued with nightmares, stress, and paranoia, The Recession is an album of its era, a rap time capsule of America in the twilight of the Bush years.

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Young Jeezy - The Recession

Jeezy sticks to what got him here, his gruff atlanta drawl on showcase on each track. The first single, Put On featured Kanye on the autotune, a trend growing in popularity as 50, Weezy, and now Kanye have turned to the "T Pain"" effect. Next came Vacation, a single he says he needs because "I need one, no one ever seen Jeezy have fun." Jeezy also stated that The Recession was like "Thug Motivation on steroids", and though this album lacks a street anthem like Soul Survivor, and certainly lives up to the hype created by Put On. Surprisingly, Recession lacks an Akon featured or produced track, something we've been expecting since there success together is overwhelming. More surprising, is that they plan to do an album together, called Brothers in Arms, after Akon releases Acquitted late this year (or so we're told... it was supposed to drop last march). Put On looks to be Jeezy's best collab of the album, though his work with Nas comes very close on the track he dreams of having a black president, which has inspired plenty of music in rap lately. Production came from DJ Toomp Don Cannon Drumma Boy FATBOI Jazze Pha Jonathan Rotem J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Midnight Black Shawty Redd Street Market Music Tha Bizness The Inkredibles The Runners DJ Pain 1 My suggestions are Vacation, Put On, My President, Crazy World and Hustlaz ambition, which samples "Ambitionz Az a Ridah" by 2Pac.

Young Jeezy-The Recession

ATL’s favorite trapstar is back with his third album, The Recession. Realizing the economic struggle and standing as the hood’s spokesman, Jeezy brings bangers and some politics for his third offering, does it live up to the hype of “Thug Motivation on steroids”? The Recession: DJ Toomp’s emphatic crash symbols and strings are the perfect start for Jeezy’s Recession. The hook isn’t bad and Jeezy works well with the production and drops lines like “they say Young why don’t you make it rain, b**** is you insane?” 3.5/5 Welcome Back: Pounding bass hits and simple synths run rampant, while Jeezy fires with energized verses about being back. The hook isn’t anything special, but it’s a decent banger. 3/5 By The Way: T.A. brings some solid horns, bangin’ production and choir vocals to create this street heater. Jeezy’s on top of things and sounds good on here, despite having a repetitive hook, Jeezy does his thing nicely. 3.5/5 Crazy World: Midnight Black’s chaotic marching band loop, haunting synths and eerie choir background make for a solid backdrop. Jeezy’s back to his politics speaking about various situations going on the hood “I want a new Bentley, my aunty need a kidney and if I ever let her pass, her children will never forgive me”. 4/5 What They Want: Decent production and a mediocre hook, the track never really gets through. It just seems mediocre and Jeezy’s lines blow by without any impact. 2.5/5 Amazin’: Drumma Boy’s salutary horns, bass blurps and trappers anthem production are a solid package. While the lyrics aren’t too impressive, the hook works and creates a solid street anthem. 3/5 Hustlaz Ambition: Piano loop, pounding bass and Jeezy’s biting of 2Pac’s “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” are evident, but the track is merely mediocre. Typical Jeezy coke talk and nothing more. 2.5/5 Who Dat: Another raucous production, Shawty Redd delivers some synths, drum patterns and hi hats. The track is way too overproduced and a this overbusy production takes away, but the weak hook and cliche lyrics make this a skipper. 1.5/5 Don’t You Know: Solid production by Midnight Black, the track isn’t bad. Jeezy has a bit of repetitiveness on the hook, but the backing choir makes the track more appealing than the previous repetitive bangers. 3/5 Circulate: Don Cannon and Jeezy do it again as they create another throwback feeling joint with Jeezy’s street talk. The Billy Paul sample is excellent and relative to Jeezy’s topic of recession. Jeezy does a nice job here and this is on some realness. 4/5 Word Play: Jeezy gets at critics that say he doesn’t have “word play” or “meaningful lyrics”. Jeezy relates the track to his bird play and selling of narcotics on the streets. Its a creative hook and Jeezy does well as far as responding to critics, by spitting bars about how he represents the streets and speaks from experience. 3.5/5 Vacation: The sing songy hook by Jeezy is mediocre and the dark haunting feel of a trapper’s vacation is a bit awkward. Jeezy drops a cliche and merely average single here that doesn’t impress. 3/5 Everything: Anthony Hamilton adds some crooning, while Jeezy repetitively says “put that on everything”. Lyrically it’s nothing new and the track is ultimately too dull for repeated listens. The production is typical and even a decent Lil’ Boosie performance can’t help this track. 2/5 Take It There: Fluttering synths and pounding drums are the backdrop, while Trey Songz delivers a decent hook. The track is a mediocre track for the ladies, but its nothing new for Jeezy and sounds cliche. 3/5 Don’t Do It: Using the sample used in Freeway’s “Baby Don’t Do It”, Jeezy continues to sound good over soul samples. Speaking about talking to his homies locked up, the track is truly sincere and shows Jeezy having a heart for the streets, those locked up or still grindin. Really great track here that has Jeezy promising to represent for the streets and hold it down. 3.5/5 Put On: Lead single that grew great anticipation. Drumma Boy’s production was absolutely on point, grand beats with horns work well. The hook works well and Jeezy delivers, while Kanye guests with a catchy autotune verse that actually sounds better than being regular. 4.5/5 Get Allot: Another repetitive hook, the production is just okay. Jeezy is rehashing the typical topics of hate, money and street lyrics. 2/5 My President: Breath of fresh air, Tha Bizness provide a hopeful production of synths and good bassline make a solid finisher. Jeezy spits some of his best lyrics here, with a decent Nas performance, despite the corny line “she ain’t a politician, mommy a pole-tician”. Solid banger that is a finisher and has a decent hook. 4/5 Put On [Remix]: Jeezy gives two new verses on the remix and the Jay performance is worthy. Solid bonus that has Jay stating “aye Guru put a little T-Pain on my s*** too” and later “nah, I don’t need no T-Pain, I got this one” and goes into stating all the things he’s done. 4.5/5 Done It: Good production and a solid bonus. Emphatic and worth the download. 3.5/5 Jeezy’s third album isn’t bad, but sadly has too many track that lack quality. The productions are all top notch with banging bass and synths that will surely satisfy the streets, but some of the hooks are a bit uncreative than Jeezy normally is. “Put On” is a straight banger that has Jeezy strongly repping for his city, while “Crazy World” and “My President” show Jeezy’s political ideas, something that is new for him. While the album isn’t as conceptual as originally believed, it does have Jeezy speaking more on politics. Some tracks however feel merely like mixtape joints, examples “Who Dat”, “Hustlaz Ambition”, “What They Want”, “Everything”. Jeezy still excels with the soul samples as “Circulate” talks about getting the economy going again and “Don’t Do It” talks to those locked up are shining spots. The album with a bit of trimming and polish would have been solid, but sadly is just decent. Rating: 7.5 out of 10

late review

i always thought put on was way better than my president but for a while my president was in the lead.


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 sold more...
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