|Mobb Deep - Hell on Earth|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by Jason Karsh|
|Tuesday, 24 August 1999|
Performance 9.5 Sound 9
Who knows how you first heard of Havoc and Prodigy. Perhaps you've been up on them for a long time. Perhaps you first heard of them thanks to Tupac calling them out on 'Hit 'em Up.' However it happened, the fact is that you now know about the New York duo and even if you don't you act like you do because they're simply that good. Since we last heard from them on 1995's 'The Infamous . . .' this tandem has gained a well deserved rep for being one of the "realest" groups out there, and their style and production skills have scrawled their names and voices on many another artists' album. So, with all the extra work they've been putting in recently, one might be tempted to think that this is the album on which Mobb Deep finally falls off. Thankfully, this is far from the case and it is proven track after track on 1997's 'Hell on Earth.'
Tight beats, impressive production, and some of the eeriest rhymes
in the business can only be found in the infamous camp. From their
response to Tupac on 'Drop a Gem On 'Em' to the title track itself,
it's tough to find a miss on this album. Especially when it includes
guest appearances by Nas, Big Noyd, and the Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man
and Raekwon. In short, it would have to be an exceptional year to bump
this album out of the top five of 1997.