The Recession

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This article is about the album. For a general slowdown in economic activity, see Recession.
For other uses, see Recession (disambiguation).
The Recession
Studio album by Young Jeezy
Released September 2, 2008 (U.S.)
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre Hip hop
Length 1:15:42
Label Def Jam, CTE
Producer Drumma Boy, Midnight Black, DJ Pain 1, DJ Toomp, Don Cannon, FATBOI, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Shawty Redd, Street Market Muzic, Tha Bizness, The Inkredibles, Terry "T.A." Allen, Crown Kingz Productions, DJ Squeeky
Young Jeezy chronology
The Inspiration
The Recession
Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition
Singles from The Recession
  1. "Put On"
    Released: June 3, 2008
  2. "Vacation"
    Released: August 12, 2008
  3. "Crazy World"
    Released: October 25, 2008
  4. "My President"
    Released: November 15, 2008
  5. "Who Dat"
    Released: January 6, 2009

The Recession is the third studio album by American rapper Young Jeezy, released on September 2, 2008.[1]


The first official single, "Put On", The song produced by Drumma Boy, and features Kanye West using an Auto-Tune effect.[2] The second official single, "Vacation", which was released on August 12, 2008.[3]

Background and development[edit]

Production came from DJ Toomp, Shawty Redd, Don Cannon, and Drumma Boy.[4] On October 25, 2008, Young Jeezy released the third single, "Crazy World". It is said that Jeezy finished the recording on the "Crazy World" video on October 25, and was directed by Marc Klasfeld. Young Jeezy has also finished making the video "Who Dat", and was directed by Gabriel Hart, and was produced by Shawty Redd. Young Jeezy has stated on MTV News that he is planning on making a video for every track on the album. One of the biggest surprises on the album is the appearance of Nas, whom Jeezy had been briefly angry at in late 2006 due to Nas titling his album Hip-Hop Is Dead. On 106 & Park, Jeezy stated that the material on this album was like "Thug Motivation on steroids". Young Jeezy in a recent interview with XXL stated that his next album will feature Don Cannon produced tracks multiple times.[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with 260,000 copies sold in its first week.[6] Since its release, The Recession has since been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[7]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (72/100)[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[9]
Entertainment Weekly B+[10]
Los Angeles Times 1.5/4 stars[11]
Pitchfork Media 6.5/10[12]
PopMatters 8/10[13]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[14]
RapReviews 8.5/10[15]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[16]
Tiny Mix Tapes 2/5 stars[17]
USA Today 3/4 stars[18]

The album so far has a score of 72 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[8] The Phoenix gave it all four stars and said that "Elsewhere we get lots of the usual earthquake bass and keening synth arpeggios and staccato horns, and, of course, Jeezy’s hypnotically commanding flow, all of it amounting to one of the hardest mainstream rap albums in years."[19] The Guardian gave it four stars out of five and said that "The album touches upon economic issues without dwelling on them, and it captures the spirit of the times with an unerring precision."[20] Slant Magazine also gave it four stars out of five and said, "There's a unique pleasure in hearing a once one-dimensional rapper discover complexity, and for that Recession is nearly indispensable."[21] Billboard gave it a favorable review and stated, "Young Jeezy balances commercial/ pop aspirations with core hip-hop sounds on The Recession, getting a lift from DJ Toomp, Drumma Boy, Midnight Black and longtime collaborator Shawty Redd on this sonically enjoyable follow-up to 2006's 'The Inspiration'."[22] The Village Voice also gave it a favorable review and said that Jeezy's previous two albums "were well-crafted, uncompromising in their focus, and exceptionally entertaining. The Recession makes it three."[23]

AllHipHop gave it a score of seven-and-a-half stars out of ten and said, "Overcoming shaky moments in the album’s early half, Jeezy again sets himself apart from his Trap music peers. But this time he combines a serious social theme with his usual content to make that distinction. And while there’s no doubt that America is currently in an economic decline, in 2008 that same claim cannot be made about Young Jeezy."[24] The A.V. Club gave it a B and called it "silly, repetitive, and wildly unoriginal. Yet thanks to Jeezy's razor-blade rasp and goofy charisma, it's also strangely infectious."[25] Blender gave it three-and-a-half stars out of five and said that "If Recession-era Jeezy sounds a lot like boom-time Jeezy--describing coke cooking and the cars one gets in reward—that’s because he has always fancied himself an educator, a Learning Annex lecturer, an inspirational-desktop-calendar hustler."[8]

Other reviews are average, mixed or negative: Hartford Courant gave the album an average review and said it was "largely a faithful rehash of his first two platters, which transformed him from unrepentant hustler to unlikely inspirational figure."[26] Paste gave it a 5.8 out of ten and said that the singles "are exceptional, but the filler suffers from a detached and dispirited sound."[27] Prefix Magazine gave it a 4.5 out of ten and said of Jeezy, "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."[28]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "The Recession" (Intro) DJ Toomp 4:38
2. "Welcome Back"   DJ Squeeky 4:07
3. "By the Way"   Terry "T.A." Allen 4:00
4. "Crazy World"   Midnight Black 3:57
5. "What They Want"   Midnight Black 3:53
6. "Amazin'"   Drumma Boy 4:16
7. "Hustlaz Ambition"   Drumma Boy 3:40
8. "Who Dat"   Shawty Redd, D. Rich 3:49
9. "Don't You Know"   Midnight Black 4:58
10. "Circulate"   Don Cannon 3:16
11. "Word Play"   J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 3:15
12. "Vacation"   The Inkredibles 3:47
13. "Everything" (featuring Anthony Hamilton & Lil Boosie) Street Market Music 4:41
14. "Takin' It There" (featuring Trey Songz) FATBOI 3:28
15. "Don't Do It"   DJ Pain 1 4:06
16. "Put On" (featuring Kanye West) Drumma Boy 5:21
17. "Get Allot"   Crown Kingz Productions (CKP) 4:29
18. "My President" (featuring Nas) Tha Bizness 5:30

Additional credits[edit]

# Title Notes
1 "The Recession" (Intro)

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, A. Davis
Sample: "Sir Lancelot and The Black Knight" by Rick Wakeman

2 "Welcome Back"

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, H. Ivy

3 "By the Way"

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, T. Allen

4 "Crazy World"

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, T. Sewell

5 "What They Want"

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, T. Sewell

6 "Amazin'"

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, C. Gholson

7 "Hustlaz Ambition"

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, C. Gholson, J. Frazier Jr.

8 "Who Dat"

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, D. Rich, D. Stewart

9 "Don't You Know"

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, T. Sewell

10 "Circulate"

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, D. Cannon, D. Level, B. Paul
Samples: "Let the Dollar Circulate" by Billy Paul

11 "Word Play"

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, M. Cowart, K. Crowe, K. Davis, E. Ortiz, L. Perry
Samples: "Come on Down (Get Your Head Out of the Clouds)" by Greg Perry

12 "Vacation"

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, M. Carpenter, L. Elliot, J. Mollings, L. Mollings

13 "Everything" (featuring Anthony Hamilton & Lil Boosie)

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, W. Thomas, S. Gidewon, A. Hamilton, T. Hatch, M. Deglel

14 "Takin' It There" (featuring Trey Songz)

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, L. Douglas, T. Neverson

15 "Don't Do It"

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, P. Bayley, W. Hutch
Samples: "Overture of Foxy Brown" by Willie Hutch

16 "Put On" (featuring Kanye West)

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, C. Gholson, K. West

17 "Get Allot"

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, M. Davis, N. Solis, H. White

18 "My President" (featuring Nas)

Songwriters: J. Jenkins, J. Henderson, N. Jones, C. Whitacre

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 1
Canadian Albums Chart 6



External links[edit]

Preceded by
All Hope Is Gone by Slipknot
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
September 20, 2008 - September 26, 2008
Succeeded by
Death Magnetic by Metallica