|Studio album by Young Jeezy|
|Released||September 2, 2008 (U.S.)|
|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|
|Singles from The Recession|
The first official single, "Put On", The song produced by Drumma Boy, and features Kanye West using an Auto-Tune effect. The second official single, "Vacation", which was released on August 12, 2008.
Background and development
Production came from DJ Toomp, Shawty Redd, Don Cannon, and Drumma Boy. 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.
The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with 260,000 copies sold in its first week. Since its release, The Recession has since been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
|Los Angeles Times|||
|Tiny Mix Tapes|||
The album so far has a score of 72 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews". 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." 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." 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." 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'." 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."
AllHipHop gave it a score of seven-and-a-half stars out of ten and said, "Overcoming shaky moments in the albums 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 theres no doubt that America is currently in an economic decline, in 2008 that same claim cannot be made about Young Jeezy." 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." 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."
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." 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." 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."
|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|
|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|
|11.||"Word Play"||J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League||3:15|
|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|
|iTunes bonus tracks|
|19.||"Put On" (Remix) (featuring Jay-Z)||Drumma Boy||4:18|
|20.||"Done It"||J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League||4:04|
|1||"The Recession" (Intro)||
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, A. Davis
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, H. Ivy
|3||"By the Way"||
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, T. Allen
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, T. Sewell
|5||"What They Want"||
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, T. Sewell
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, C. Gholson
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, C. Gholson, J. Frazier Jr.
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, D. Rich, D. Stewart
|9||"Don't You Know"||
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, T. Sewell
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, D. Cannon, D. Level, B. Paul
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, M. Cowart, K. Crowe, K. Davis, E. Ortiz, L. Perry
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
|16||"Put On" (featuring Kanye West)||
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, C. Gholson, K. West
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, M. Davis, N. Solis, H. White
|18||"My President" (featuring Nas)||
Songwriters: J. Jenkins, J. Henderson, N. Jones, C. Whitacre
|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|
- Executive producers: Young Jeezy, Antonio Reid,
- Co-executive producers: Shakir Stewart,
- A&R for Island Def Jam: Shakir Stewart
- Photography: Jonathan Mannion
- Production coordination for Don Cannon, DJ Toomp, D. Rich and Shawty Redd: Keke and Amy
- "The Recession". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- Breihan, Tom (May 20, 2008). "Kanye West: Going Nuts?". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- "Young Jeezy Gearing Up for The Recession". June 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
- HHNLive.com - News - Young Jeezy To Release "The Recession" July 29
- Young Jeezy 106 & Park Interview 07-21-08 Accessed August 2, 2008.[dead link]
- "Young Jeezy Nets Second Album Chart-Topper". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
- "Gold & Platinum - February 25, 2011". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
- Critic reviews at Metacrtiic
- Allmusic review
- Entertainment Weekly review
- Los Angeles Times review
- Pitchfork Media review
- PopMatters review
- Robert Christgau review
- RapReviews review
- Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived September 1, 2008)
- Tiny Mix Tapes review
- USA Today review
- The Phoenix review
- The Guardian review
- Slant Magazine review
- Billboard review at the Wayback Machine (archived September 1, 2008)
- The Village Voice review
- AbduSalaam, Ismael (2008-09-03). "Young Jeezy: The Recession (Album Review)". AllHipHop. Archived from the original on 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
- The A.V. Club review
- Hartford Courant review
- Paste review
- Prefix Magazine review
- The Recession at Metacritic
- Young Jeezy official website at defjam.com
- The Recession Trailer 1 on YouTube
- The Recession Trailer 2 on YouTube
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