46. THE RECESSION (2008)
Artist: Young Jeezy
Production: Midnight Black, Drumma Boy, Shawty Redd
Acclaim: Jeezy’s trap raps grow up a little. On his lyrically enhanced third LP, The Snowman addresses government fuckery while prematurely boasting a Black president. He still pledges allegiance to the white, of course (“What They Want”).
Peak moment: Kanye West’s electrifying, Auto-Tune-warbled lead-in to the passionate final verse of “Put On.”