The Recession

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The Recession
Young Jeezy - The Recession.jpg
Studio album by Young Jeezy
Released September 2, 2008; 8 years ago (2008-09-02)
Recorded 2007–08
Genre Hip hop
Length 60:15
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. It was released on September 2, 2008, by Def Jam Recordings and Corporate Thugz Entertainment (CTE).[1] The album was supported by five singles: "Put On" featuring Kanye West, "Vacation", "Crazy World", "My President" featuring Nas, and "Who Dat".


The album's lead single, called "Put On" was released on June 3, 2008. The song features a guest verse from American hip hop recording artist Kanye West, with the production that was provided by Drumma Boy.[2]

The album's second single, called "Vacation" was released on August 12, 2008. The song was produced by the duo The Inkredibles.[3]

The album's third single, "Crazy World" was released on October 25, 2008. The track was produced by Midnight Black.[4]

The album's fourth single, "My President" was released on November 15, 2008. The song features a guest verse from a fellow American rapper Nas, with the production that was provided by the duo Tha Bizness.[5]

The album's fifth and final single, "Who Dat" was released on January 6, 2009. The song was produced by Shawty Redd, with the co-production by D. Rich.[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first week sales of 260,000 copies.[7] To date, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[8] In 2009, the album sold 886,000 copies in the United States.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (72/100)[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[11]
Entertainment Weekly B+[12]
Los Angeles Times 1.5/4 stars[13]
Pitchfork Media 6.5/10[14]
PopMatters 8/10[15]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[16]
RapReviews 8.5/10[17]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[18]
Tiny Mix Tapes 2/5 stars[19]
USA Today 3/4 stars[20]

The album so far has a score of 72 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[10] 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."[21] 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."[22] 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."[23] 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'."[24] 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."[25]

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."[26] 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."[27] 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."[10]

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."[28] 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."[29] 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."[30]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Recession (Intro)" DJ Toomp 4:38
2. "Welcome Back"
  • Jenkins
  • Hayward Ivy
DJ Squeeky 4:07
3. "By the Way"
  • Jenkins
  • Terry Allen
T.A. 4:00
4. "Crazy World"
Midnight Black 3:57
5. "What They Want"
  • Jenkins
  • Sewell
Midnight Black 3:53
6. "Amazin'" Drumma Boy 4:16
7. "Hustlaz Ambition"
  • Jenkins
  • Gholson
Drumma Boy 3:40
8. "Who Dat"
9. "Don't You Know"
  • Jenkins
  • Sewell
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 and 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"
  • Jenkins
  • Howard White
  • Mike Davis
  • Nico Solis
Crown Kingz Productions 4:29
18. "My President" (featuring Nas) Tha Bizness 5:30

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
US Billboard 200[31] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[32] 1
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[33] 6


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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