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Stephen Kearse

Barack Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009, but Obama’s America was founded on September 2, 2008, the release date of Young Jeezy’s The Recession. The album was standard Jeezy fare--everyman coke rap laced with mid-aughts trap exuberance--but its narrative arc was unmistakable: The first track is “The Recession” and the last track is the Obama-boosting “My President.” Straight up: Obama’s America was the promised land. Then and now, it was hard to...