October 2, 2008

Young Jeezy's The Recession

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Honestly, I mindlessly enjoyed Young Jeezy’s previous efforts Thug Motivation 101 and The Inspiration, so I had high hopes for The Recession. Unfortunately, Jeezy’s verses are as simple, vapid and intellectually-hollow as they’ve always been. The Recession shows that third time’s not the charm for this trap star.
The album is packed with generic and boring rhymes behind pulsating and up-tempo beats. I had some hope for Jeezy’s new album after reading about its supposed political slant and hearing “Put On” and “My President is Black.” However, predictability is a double-edged sword. Kanye West and Lil Wayne have made a career staple of rhyming the same word multiple times, but Jeezy’s overkill of the device shows laziness and an obvious lack of real talent. Here is a Jeezy quotable: “Excuse me if I’m being rude / Lemme check my attitude, excuse me Mr. Attitude / Why you got an attitude?” (Welcome Back).
Like every other Jeezy album, the best thing about The Recession is the production. He’s a terrible rapper with amazing producers working for him. I give him some credit for satirically mocking his critics when he said, “Be the realest shit I never wrote” (Black President). Unfortunately, the Jeezy-hating critics have a point. Three albums in and he still hasn’t changed a bit. The only recession here is Young Jeezy’s talent.