“alleged”) surrealist absurdities of one Mr. Cameron Giles. He doesn’t even offer the obsessive sad sack stalker charm that the Game does. Lyrically, Jeezy is a hack, plain and simple. However, despite all of that “The Recession” is a really enjoyable album.
“The Recession”, Young Jeezy’s newest opus, promises Jeezy’s maturity as an artist. It was supposed to be where Young Jeezy inevitably stops childishly fetishizing cocaine and at least make a marginal stab at making a record of “substance.” It actually for the most part, suprisingly does. While Jeezy has only marginally improved as a rapper, he’s able to create a album that is his most mature and interesting album to date. It’s kind of a quiet revelation.
The big secret that Jeezy fans seem unwilling to acknowledge is that Jeezy’s first two records aside from the catchy, memorable singles are actually profoundly boring. The production and the song-writing are nearly identical and interchangeable which makes Jeezy’s coke motivational aphorisms incredibly hard to stomach over the course of an entire album. “The Inspiration” which highlights surpass the vastly overrated “Thug Motivation 101” groans on and on and on running about 10 tracks too long since each song seems nearly identical to the previous. For all of Jeezy’s supposed swagger and charm making up for his abundantly lacking lyrical abilities, his albums are as boring as a Common-Kweli love yarn.
“The Recession” for the most part does not eschew the “winning” formula of the first two albums. The production does it’s best to create a dark, horror film atmosphere, the adlibs are still menacingly floating in the air victoriously punctuating Jeezy’s penchant for coke puns and the album is still about five songs too long. “The Recession”, however, manages to diversify it’s song-writing which helps alleviate the monotony that plagued the first two albums. Jeezy noting the economic problems that plague this country right now has decided to get somewhat political on the album and the results are not nearly as terrible as one might think. “The Recession (Intro)” and “Crazy World” are two of Jeezy’s most mature song to date as he is able to articulate the frustrations that many Americans feel towards the injustices of both the economic and criminal justice systems. “My President Is Black”, Jeezy’s ballyhooed pro-Obama collaboration with Nas isn’t nearly as atrocious as one might imagine and actually manages to be more astute than anything on Nas’ critically molested “Untitled”. It’s nice change of pace to see Jeezy attempt to be more politically astute especially for a man who prior to this record I severely doubted could tell me what a recession actually is.
However, the record’s main thesis (Yeah, I was shocked too. This record has a thesis!) is typically flawed and actually shockingly Republican. Jeezy notes that the people are struggling from the economy’s recession as illustrated by the first half of the record but his solution is for him to make a shit load of money by selling boat loads of soul destroying drugs so he can distribute the money back to the hood as articulated on the song’s show-stopping centerpiece, “Circulate”. Jeezy is actually shockingly advocating the utterly idiotic (and historically disproved and failed and failed and FAILED...) Republican policy of “trickle-down” economics which according to it’s moronic and ignorant principles asserts that unchecked profits and corporate greed of the rich and powerful will magically “trickle down” to the poor and undeserving masses (who should be grateful they are eating the rich’s discarded and unwanted scraps). “Circulate” is a great song but if Jeezy’s solution to the economic problem is the generosity of the rich than we are going to find ourselves in a bigger whole than what we started.
Other than the idiotic politics, the album’s main flaw musically is that the highlights of the record fail to surpass the highlights of the previous records. “The Recession” lacks a record as infectious as a “Go Crazy” or as hypnotic as “3 A.M.” which saved the previous two records from being completely travesties of modern music. “The Recession” overall has much better records but it lacks that show-stopping panache that convinced people that “Thug Motivation 101” and “The Inspiration” were anything other than crimes against humanity. “The Recession” is a good record and it perhaps maybe the best mainstream record released this summer but it lacks that little extra cowbell from keeping it classic.
Now, excuse me. I have to go throw-up. I just praised a Young Jeezy record.