The Recession

  • Record Label: Def Jam
  • Release Date: Sep 2, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 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.
  2. Jeezy manages to keep a strong unified album together without ever getting monotonous or tired.
  3. Jeezy has assembled a politically tinged disc that will sound spectacular blasting out of dashboard speakers for the rest of the year...assuming anyone can still afford to drive a car by then.
  4. 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."
  5. There's a unique pleasure in hearing a once one-dimensional rapper discover complexity, and for that Recession is nearly indispensable.
  6. With the expectations set high, The Recession doesn’t disappoint, though as with any of his albums, it would benefit from some truncation.
  7. His first two albums were well-crafted, uncompromising in their focus, and exceptionally entertaining. The Recession makes it three.
  8. The album touches upon economic issues without dwelling on them, and it captures the spirit of the times with an unerring precision.
  9. Relistening, the porousness and vapidity of the material makes it pretty obvious that rapper Jeezy’s personality is one note, gruff and brash, forever and ever. But in the album’s waning moments, 'My President' erases any genuine qualms, sporting the record’s best Toomp impression.
  10. Recession is silly, repetitive, and wildly unoriginal. Yet thanks to Jeezy's razor-blade rasp and goofy charisma, it's also strangely infectious.
  11. 70
    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.
  12. The Wire
    Jeezy may have the most charismatic voice in rap now--a fierce but fine-gravel shout that hits your ears soft like a whisper--and his beat selection remains pitch perfect--but Jeezy still doesn't realise that selling drugs was good only for Jeezy. He's a cartoon, a proforma thug, and when he tries to relate he fails miserably. [Dec 2008, p.74]
  13. Bolstered by a gimmick and a catchphrase, the album is by-and-large Jeezy qua Jeezy, and the new fissures aren't enough to keep pundits gabbing.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
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  2. Feb 25, 2012
    This CD is for people who enjoy Trap. I hated trap except for Young Jeezy he's one of my favorite rappers. This album is an instant classic.This CD is for people who enjoy Trap. I hated trap except for Young Jeezy he's one of my favorite rappers. This album is an instant classic. WE'll be talking about this albums for ages. Its high up there as one of the best rap albums in a long time Full Review »
  3. seanvanpelt
    Jul 23, 2009
    Ridiculously low critic rating.. this is one of the best rap albums in years.