The Recession gave me a reason to enjoy Young Jeezy. It's a great album for driving and pumping up, and because of its topical nature, I feel that it's more broadly relatable. I never thought I'd be partial to the "YEEEEEAAAAHHHHS" of Jeezy, but given the concept of this album, I was able to focus on his flow instead of his calling cards.
The beats on this album are among the best of 2008. Don Cannon and Drumma Boy did some of my favorite production. It's Southern flavor comes through with songs like the horn driven, trudging march of "By The Way" by Houston producer T.A. There are also pop-R&B leaning tracks like "Takin' It There," featuring Trey Songz. If you generally like Southern hip hop and haven't heard it yet, check out "Amazing" and "Circulate."
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About this musician
Jay Jenkins (born October 12, 1977)better known by his stage name Young Jeezy, is an American rapper and member of the Hip-Hop group USDA and a former member of Boyz N Da Hood. He began his career in 2001 under an independent label and joined Boyz N Da Hood in 2005, the same year his solo major label debut Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 was released. Its single "Soul Survivor", which featured Akon, became a top-ten hit in the U.S.
The Inspiration followed in 2006, and The Recession followed in 2008; both albums yielded chart-topping singles. Jeezy has also appeared on numerous other rap and R&B singles such as "Say I" by Christina Millian, "I'm So Paid" by Akon, and "Love In This Club" by Usher, the latter being a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2008.