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Over the course of a string of successful underground releases and two solo major-label albums, Young Jeezy has carved out a career from the dubious distinction of being the most authentically “hood” MC on the market. But on the dramatically titled The Recession, Jeezy seems to be angling for a more ambitious designation -- to be not just of the hood, but for the hood.

 

Unfortunately -- much like on his morally disagreeable but highly entertaining major-label debut, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, and the less disagreeable and less entertaining follow-up, The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102 -- Young Jeezy does not have much to say. This wasn’t a problem when boasts of his drug selling and party proclivities were all that were expected: “Jeezy like to drink, Jeezy like to smoke/ Jeezy like to mix Arm and Hammer with his coke” pretty much said it all.

 

But putting out an album called The Recession right now, and draping the American flag over your head on its cover, comes with expectations of politically conscious ruminations. Instead, we get more of the same: When Jeezy says “You niggas want wordplay, but I’m 'bout bird play,” it’s safe to assume he’s referring to something slightly more illicit than a newfound passion for ornithology.

 

“My President" is The Recession’s closer and the album's most explicitly political track. “My President is black,” Jeezy declares right off the top. But he can’t go a half a bar without resorting to idle materialism: “My Lambo blue, and I’ll be goddamned if my rims ain’t, too” tops off the couplet. It’s decidedly Jeezy, and it would be foolish to expect anything else. 

 

It should be noted that The Recession sounds great: From top to bottom the album features the type of bouncy, rich production that sounds incredible as snatches of music from the stereo of a passing car (or even out of tinny laptop speakers). A large cast of Southern producers, including Shawty Redd, Drumma Boy, and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, provide Jeezy with the kind of grand, swooping beats that have throughout his career best elevated his tempered, and at times even plodding, flow.

 

“Who gives a fuck what you think of me unless you feeding my family,” Jeezy says on “Hustlaz Ambition,” and it’s perhaps the most telling moment on the album. Jeezy’s acknowledged the recession, and he’s perhaps chosen to lead by example -- by crafting a commercially viable album, by ensuring he and his own are taken care of. And maybe, in the process, he's delivered exactly what the times call for -- an hour-plus of escapism. “They want that Young shit, that dumb shit/ That where you from shit/ That ride around your hood all day with your gun shit,” he lets us know on “Crazy World.” Well, they got it.

  • The Recession (Intro)
  • Welcome Back
  • By The Way
  • Crazy World
  • What They Want
  • Amazin'
  • Hustlaz Ambition
  • Who Dat
  • Don't You Know
  • Circulate
  • Word Play
  • Vacation
  • Everything featuring Anthony Hamilton and Lil Boosie
  • Takin' It There featuring Trey Songz
  • Don't Do It
  • Put On featuring Kanye West
  • Get Allot
  • My President featuring Nas

Young Jeezy, hip-hop's neighborhood snowman, received his first taste of political burn early in July after dropping some choice quotes in Vibe about sharing a mutual respect for G.O.P. presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. He since made a concerted media effort to clarify his position, but most telling effective has been the leak of his furious "My President is Black." Like a veteran pol demonstrating eleventh hour swagger, Jeezy shifts to cruise control as the release date of his third album approaches.

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This album is going to be a monster.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

THIS GOES SO HARD YOU MIGHT WANNA PICK IT UP

BIG MO

good lookin jeezy on the album dawg you did ya thang dawg

black angel

this is exactly what the i needed im buzzin. it motivated v

goon

Great review.

Au$10

Epic gothic production, great choruses, and improved lyrics. 9/10

Best Song: Don't Do It

/site_media/uploads/images/users/prefix/no-user-pic.gif BlackMan90

i lov ethe young jezzy album..it is everyhthing you need to be motivated. let alone he is more out there on this album and that song with him and trey songz is a smash ass hit if he makes a video its a rap.i love young jezzy

Deara_Monique

Jeezy's New CD Is His Best Album Although He Presents Nothing New. Everything From The Beats To His Lyrics Reminds Me Of His Last Two Albums. He's Should Had Made More Songs About Hard Times Since His Album Is Called The Recession. I Believe Jeezy Took Advantage Of That Title. If Nas Make A Album Called The Recession It Would Be Much Better Because He's The Best At Making Conceptional Albums:

LyricalGenius

YOU HAVE THE BEST ALBUM IN THE WORLD

D SMOOTH

not the best cd but i rock it in my car

louie

you guys are lame

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