Label: Def Jam, Corporate Thugz Entertainment

Jizzle's third major-label release was one of the rare rap albums that touched on more than what's going on in the rhymer's neighborhood. Sure, the set's biggest single was one about repping your city (“Put On”), but at its core, The Recession was a time capsule of sorts, bigging up soon-to-be POTUS Barack Obama and addressing America's financial woes with the unvarnished logic of the trap. This was the record where Jeezy went Wall Street, but his stock didn't fall.