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8:09 AM

Young Jeezy/ The Recession

Posted by Guy Fawkes

First, big fucking ups to my boy PeanutbutterToes at I been waiting on this shit for a hot second, and I bet you were too. I just heard "The Inspiration" for the second time and I realized what a huge part Jeezy has had in reinventing the genre of "Southern Rap"... which is infested with downright thieves. Don't get me wrong, there are some good(at max 50) Southern rhymers, but there are far more gimmicks. Which is where Jay Jenkins comes in. Mr. Jenkins actually released a god-awful first album, and kept improving from there (who said debut albums are always best)? Now he is a household name, if not for his stellar lyrics, definitely for his adlibs. After making the acclaimed Thug Motivation series (which will be reviewed soon enough), Jeezy decided to steer away and created "The Recession" which hopefully is not a political album...

The Good:

3. By The Way- Damn, Jeezy said this album was Thug Motivation on steroids... I don't know if I agree with that, but this track is real hot.

4. Crazy World- I'm pretty sure this is a single, the beat is crazy, and ironically enough this song is political.

8. Who Dat- Once again the instrumental is sick... but the lyrics are weak. Which makes it an average song.

9. Don't You Know- Same hook, different words... same lyrics, different words, same instrumental different bass.

10. Circulate- This shit is hot!! Love this track already.

11. Word Play- Not bad. Not great, but not bad.

15. Don't Do It- Finally a real song... this sounds kind of like "Dreaming".

16. Put On- You've heard it, and it's pretty good... for a street anthem. Kanye's verse sounds dumb as fuck though.

18. My President- This shit is straight fire, Jeezy kills it, and even though Nas goes back on his Black Republican/Democrat shit... it still sounds really good.
Nas seems to be finishing off lots of albums nowadays... or maybe it's just me.

I didn't really like "The Recession", it sounds like one long song that changes subjects 18 times. The hook is almost always the same with different words, the lyrics are simplistic and repetitive, and the production (good as it is) begins to bore you halfway through. There's a few great songs off this album, but the majority of them sound generic to the whole album.

0-20: Terrible listening experience
21-40: Maybe one good song
41-60: A few good songs
61-80: Half are good songs, half are weak
81-100: Great listening experience, almost all are great songs

I give this album a 64. Didn't love it, but it was good at times. Can't say I recommend a download, but...

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