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The Recession [Vinyl]

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YOUNG JEEZY is the TRUTH! His story represents the struggle, pain, and pressure that anyone living in the hood deals with. It also gives you the inspiration and motivation to make it out, be successful, and achieve your goals. His motto is "If you can think it you can do it" Young Jeezy is one of the premier artists to emerge from Atlanta's ongoing "rap movement." Not only does he have high performance energy, but he is also a great story teller. He has the ability to bring color and flash to a story that has been told so many times before. He's a true digital age artist who doesn't need 16 bars to develop a picture in your head. He has also worked with artists such as Kanye West, Lil Jon, Usher, Young Buck, T.I., Trick Daddy, Akon, Mannie Fresh, Lil Scrappy, Bun B, Lloyd, Slick Pulla, & Lil Will and Mariah Carey. On his second album The Inspiration, the first single "I Luv It" peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. He also later released the album Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 which debuted at #2 selling 172,000 copies in its first week. He also loves to give back to the community and donate to charity events. He presented a toy drive for the first annual Toyz n da Hood toy drive which provided 1,000 toys for 1,000 kids in his home town of Atlanta. He also opened his home for those who needed shelter to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. He has received many awards and nominations such as the American Music Awards nominations for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip- Hop Album The Inspiration. BET Hip-Hop Awards nominations for Hip-Hop MPV of the Year and Hip-Hop CD of the Year for Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards include nominations for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist - Male, Top Rap Album for Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, and Hot Rap Track for "Soul Survivor." He has won Dirty Awards for Most Bootlegged CD, Best New Dirty Artist, and Best Dirty Collaboration. He was also nominated for Dirty Boy of the Year, Dirty South Representative of the Year, and Dirty Song of the Year for "Soul Survivor". His Teen Choice Awards include nominations for Choice Music: Rap Artist. Vibe awards include nominations for Hottest Hook for "Soul Survivor."

1. The Recession (Intro)
2. Welcome Back
3. By The Way
4. Crazy World
5. What They Want
6. Amazin'
7. Hustlaz Ambition
8. Who Dat
9. Don't You Know
10. Circulate
11. Word Play
12. Vacation
13. Everything featuring Anthony Hamilton and Lil Boosie
14. Takin' It There featuring Trey Songz
15. Don't Do It
16. Put On featuring Kanye West
17. Get Allot
18. My President featuring Nas

Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 2, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dan on September 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Jeezy is an underrated rapper. His lyrics are pretty sweet. There is nothing on this track that can compare to lyrics from something like Soul Survivor, and a handful of tracks on this CD I can not get into... but the others are superb. Stuff like Don't You Know, By The Way, Amazin are songs I will always listen to when I'm in the gym.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on December 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
THE RECESSION is by all means a stepping stone for Young Jeezy. It is imperfect, as stated in the title of this review as generally it falls a bit lax in comparison to both THUG MOTIVATION 101 and THE INSPIRATION. The redeeming factor that THE RECESSION has over both of those albums is it has more credibility - Jeezy tries to abstain from his cocaine-driven rap in favor of spitting rhymes about more credible issues, even tackling the notion of a 'black president', quite a stretch from "snow", if you know what I mean. Essentially, it does not always work, but most of the time it does, hence making for another solid album for Young Jeezy.

The album opens with "Recession (Intro)" which is by all means solid, if a bit too lengthy in duration. "Welcome Back", the first true track of the album is better and the production is as solid as ever. I think that the production work from THE INSPIRATION was slightly better than THE RECESSION, but the production work on THE RECESSION is strong by all accounts (no big names though). "By The Way" is another solid performance, though not necessarily incredibly memorable, a problem with a lot of THE RECESSION's material. Single "Crazy World" is perhaps the first genuine hit from THE RECESSION in which Young Jeezy is definitely in his zone. This is an exceptional single, if ultimately underrated. The production work is sound as well.

"What They Want" is equally as enjoyable as "Crazy World", as is the addictive "Amazin'". "Hustlaz Ambition" is solid if not as memorable as the best of its predecessors.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Quaashie Rose on January 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Jeezy's new album the recession is his most complete consistent out of the 3. The first 2 were straight, but this one here is his best. He got some fire production form the album who includes drumma boy, shawty redd, dj toomp, the inkredibles, justice league, and don cannon. You can see the maturity in the songs my president, crazy world, circulate, and the recession(intro). He still got that humor and those adlibs in his songs. The 3 produced drumma bot tracks im amazing, hustlerz ambition, and put on feat kayne west all has some fire to it and it also proves that drumma boy is one of the most underrated producers right now.

To the reviewer that stated that kayne west was speaking nonsense in his verse, I gotta disagree 100 percent. If you listen to the lyrics, he is speaking about his mother (RIP) and how money and the fame doesn't mean everything. Had to put that out there. The other tracks that hit hard on this album include put on, circulate, my president, crazy world, everything( best song on the cd), who that, welcome back, get alot, and what they want. Top 10 alnum of 08 in my opinion; so cop jeezy's junior album if you want to heat a more mature young jeezy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DA 1THRILLA on May 19, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Young Jeezy is growing up. The young man who brought us the term `Trap or Die' and those ridiculous Snowman T-shirts is transforming right before our eyes into a respectable artist. He started off as a `thug rapper'. He followed that up with a more retrospective side. Some people thought he went soft, so he came back with "The Recession".

Jeezy is a throwback to the B-Boy days of the 80's and early 90's. You can see him chillin with Rakim or slamin' with Onyx. He has improved his lyrical content as on "Crazy World" which is about as real as a Channel 5 news report on why the hood is so messed up. "Who Dat" is a great hype song. If you listen to this song and don't start slam dancing then you don't have a pulse. NaS shows up for the political anthem "My President". "Put On" ft. Kanye West is excellent even though I wish the remix with Jay Z was on here. I also like "What They Want", "Don't Do It" & "Amazing". The album is kind of long and certain songs could have been left off. Like the regretful "Everything" ft Anthony Hamilton. And "Circulate" just doesn't fit. All the other songs aren't standouts but they flow nicely with the vibe of this CD.

Yes, Young Jeezy raps about guns and selling drugs but he's not bragging. The way he does it is reminiscent of the way Jay Z did on `Reasonable Doubt'. He's not promoting it. He's telling stories from the hood the way he sees it. No alternate persons. No made up Mafioso characters. Jeezy isn't trying to be someone else. He just wants to be himself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RM3 on August 1, 2015
Format: Audio CD
Yeah, another CLASSIC Jeezy album. Jeezy has progressed in every way since his last release, 2006's "The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102." The rough voice, unique flow, and bass blasting tracks you've come to expect from Jeezy is EXACTLY what you'll find in this release. It doesn't disappoint whatsoever. Some interesting new elements are brought to the production this time around. But, don't think just because Jeezy's been around for a while and has a big name, that he's going to put out a pop album and call it rap. This is just as hard, and just a real as any other rapper you can think of. The difference between Jeezy and them other rappers, is does it better. Jeezy is (as always) very outspoken. He says what he wants to say, what NEEDS to be said, and couldn't care less if anyone gets offended by it.
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