Young Jeezy – The Recession Review

Jeezy returns with his third album, this time going for a pseudo-political vibe, as the title gives away.

Jeezy’s nothing special, but, really, who better to talk about making that green during the recession than a rapper who only talks about getting money?


After a shitty intro that’s got nothing to do with the economy despite being titled “The Recession,” Jeezy starts talking about stunting in a strange, whiny voice I’ve never heard him try out before.

It would appear his political theme is over before it even began.


I like this better than its predecessor, but it, too, has nothing to do with the recession. It’s basically your generic southern song, except with lyrics slightly about ATL’s bar, which isn’t saying much, considering it would take an ant to limbo under ATL’s lyrical bar.


Your standard Jeezy track, about the hood, drugs, and Barack Odrama (a phrase I hate so much it makes me want to give The Recession 1 mic and be done with it). It’s not half bad, but, again, the only political element is a reference to paying the bills.


A repetitive, boring beat with some more-inspired-than-usual lyrics from Jeezy. But, again, realize where the bar is for ATL lyrics.


“Eyes so low I look like an Asian.” This sounds exactly like the last song, except with lines like the Asian one and with a hella shitty chorus.

The biggest plus of of this CD so far is that Jeezy is cutting back on the “Heeeeeey”s and “Ha-HAAAA”s, which enhances his flow more than you would think.

But he still ad-libs that shit as much as Game shouts out Eazy-E.


Is it just me, or are all of the drums on this album the exact, and I mean exact, same loop?

I can’t tell any of them apart, except that there are less hi-hats on some songs, like this one.

Anyway, this is a minimal track made out of essentially drums and an acoustic piano. It’s heavily influenced by Ambitionz Az A Rider, but I find myself enjoying Jeezy’s interpretation quite a bit.

This is the first song on here I can see myself listening to after I finish this review.


Not much to say about this – it’s your basic Jeezy song. Drugs, money, and the hood. This one is better than its earlier carnations on here, though. From now on, if that’s all I can say about a song, I’m going to skip reviewing it. Wouldn’t want to bore you.


A Don Cannon beat that provides a welcome change in the soundscape. Most because Cannon uses a different drum loop than every other producer on here, as well as some hot horns. Jeezy spits fire, at least by Jeezy standards, but the chorus – which is actually about the recession, holy shit! – is so awful that it sort of ruins the song, since the hook is the most important part of an ATL LCD rap song.

This is the kind of thing Piggy Ross would get ill over. He should be on the remix, if Jeezy isn’t afraid of Ross turning him in for making that music video with that little kid with a huge ass gun.


“You niggas want word play, but I’m bout bird play.”

‘Nuff said.


Another song better suited for Piggy Ross than Jeezy made worse by howJeezy puts on this incredibly annoying fake accent.


A retarded song for the ladies. I would go into details about how shitty this is, but I think this sums it up: Lil Motherfucking Boosie outrhymes Jeezy.



A song about visiting his homie in jail, and worrying about letting him down.

For some reason, this really got to me. Especially the line about worrying that he won’t be able to think of anything to brighten his day.

By the second verse, it sucks, though.


The first single and this album’s “I Luv It.” I liked “Luv It,” though, and this is a good enough song.

My Omaha heads will notice that the chorus is eerily similar to O rapper Hype Digg’s “Rep or Die (I Do This).”


The Obama track featuring Nas. Jeezy doesn’t really make his case at all, and Nas imitates his style, making his verse sound just plain weird, rather than intriguing.

Plus he mentions moving kis in the streets. Now, I don’t know ’bout Jeezy, but y’all know Nas don’t know shit about moving no kis.


The Recession is essentially The Inspiration without the R. Kelly song.

It’s never truly awful, but it doesn’t manage to really impress, either. It’s a Jeezy album, and if that’s enough to make you want to give this a listen, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

The only real disappointment will be for anyone looking for some sort of message about the recession.

Of course there isn’t one.

2.5/5 Mics


7 Responses to “Young Jeezy – The Recession Review”

  1. 1 joe
    August 27, 2008 at 7:50 am

    now i understand that the album is titled the recession and all but is that why your saying the album is bad because he didnt talk much about it at all or well practically not at all but if thats the case if he would have named it something else would you say ot was decent or good because i like it

  2. 2 joe
    August 27, 2008 at 7:53 am

    pur you saying this album is bad because he didnt talk about the recession but in one song and i agree if you name it the recession but it should be talked about on at least half the songs but if thats your case are you saying if it had a different name you would waid it was decent or good because i like it even though the title is miss leading a bit.

  3. 3 bigoneonline
    August 27, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Nah, I’d say it’s decent enough.

    I don’t think it’s a bad album, it’s just not very good.

    Jeezy is very goot at flying just under the radar without crashing.

  4. 4 HaCka
    August 28, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Proves what shit taste this website has, track 5 has a sick beat, it’s people like jeezy and lil wayne that are bringing back the hip to hip-hop, Nas sounded good on the president is dead but he must be smoking crack coz hip hop aint dead

  5. 5 OD
    October 1, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Hacka, did you even LISTEN to Hip Hop is Dead?? Because if you did you’d see what Nas was really saying about Hip Hop at the time (and if you’ve been paying attention, many rappers have ben stepping their game up since Nas made that statement- case in point even Jeezy’s trying to get concious a lil).
    But anyway, Bigoneonline your review comes off as biased against Atl rappers. Jeezy’s flow is great, his lyrics have stepped up (even he admits he’s not the best) but you’re right about the monotone beats- they still sound good in my car though, lol.

  6. 6 bigoneonline
    October 2, 2008 at 4:06 am

    I don’t have a problem with the south. It just wasn’t a very exciting album lyric or flow wise. Or beat wise. Or conceptually.

  7. 7 Dat Ni99a
    June 19, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Mane U Forget about the song takin it there and this album wuz jus like jeezy style i give it five mics kuz he dont switch hiz style an sell out

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