Following the success of his first two studio albums, Young Jeezy had to go above and beyond his "crack rap" persona if his third release was to match the first two. "The Recession, " does just that, combining the hardcore Jeezy of old with a fresh perspective on life, politics and the future. The difference with, "The Recession, " in comparison to his other albums is its political message. This is a breath of fresh air for the people who are tired of rappers only talking about gang-bangin and distribution. Of course these criminal elements are still present, however they are presented in better taste than in Jeezy's earlier music. Mr. 17.5 still spits some of the realist lyrics about people's struggles in tough neighborhoods, though it seems as he's starting to realize his influence on pop culture. On "The Recession, " Jeezy tells it how it is, and how it should be. The song "By The Way, " is a raw reminder of how much swagger Young Jeezy has, while "Crazy World, " lets you look at the problems of society through the eyes of someone on the grind, selling rocks to make a living. Quite possibly the best and most controversial song on "The Recession, " is called, "My President, " featuring Nas. In this song he speaks of his opposition to President Bush and his support for a black president, Barack Obama. If you are a Jeezy fan there is no way this album will disappoint. If you've never listened to Young Jeezy before, buying this album will introduce you to his genius. He may not be the most lyrical, but he's definitely one of the realist rappers alive. Buy this album.