Mobb Deep
Juvenile Hell


3.0
good

Review

by obcd USER (1 Reviews)
February 12th, 2008 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How many emcees debut was their best? Not many so Im just gonna pretend Infamous was their debut and be happy with that.

Before they committed career seppuku by signing with Curtis Jackson, Havoc and Prodigy were your average teenage duo from Queensbridge who rapped about gangsta *** and the bitches they ***ed. The difference between Mobb Deep and your average thugged-out misogynistic rapper is the skill level; Mobb Deep was actually pretty good.

Was.

Most people remember Mobb Deep's breakthrough single on Loud Records, "Shook Ones, Pt. II", as well they should, because it is an undisputed classic. Their album The Infamous is often brought up in conversation between people who have nothing else better to do than to discuss the best hip hop albums from the East Coast.

Which is fine and all, but Juvenile Hell is their actual debut.

Released on 4th and Broadway Records, Mobb Deep dropped their first album (along with their original name, Poetical Prophets) to general disinterest. Which shouldn't be a shock; the album is filled with violent and sexist lyrics; therefore, they sounded like every single other rapper ever. A couple of songs generated a bit of a spark, but for the most part, nobody cared.

I guess their live shows were pretty decent, though, since they were soon signed to Loud Records, and the rest is, well, something that we will touch on when I review their second album. (Side note: later on in 1993, Havoc was a featured player on Black Moon's seminal debut Enta Da Stage. Yeah, I know, I was just as shocked as you are.)

1. INTRO
Groan...

2. ME & MY CREW
Seventeen-year-old Havoc sounded a bit like Prodigy, so it was hard for me to distinguish their verses at first. Havoc rides this beat like a ten-year old riding a motorcycle with no handlebars and a .08% blood alcohol content: that is, not very well.

3. LOCKED IN SPOFFORD
Not horrible. Havoc fares much better here. Fans of Havoc's production on The Infamous forward will be terribly discouraged with this album, by the way.

4. PEER PRESSURE
Prodigy's lyrical prowess obviously isn't at the Infamous level yet, but he's not bad.

5. SKIT #!
...

6. HOLD DOWN THE FORT
Supposedly produced by both Havoc and Prodigy. Look past the unnecessary skit-like discussion during the chorus, and this song is actually pretty ***ing good.

7. BITCH ASS N---A
From the Nicolas Cage film of the same name. (Haven't seen that in a while, huh?)

8. HIT IT FROM THE BACK
For a song about how to render aid when someone is choking, completely devoid of any medical advice.

9. SKIT #2
No comment.

10. STOMP 'EM OUT (FEAT BIG NOYD)
Big Noyd's actual debut. He's not bad, but "Give Up The Goods (Just Step)" is a better introduction for a guy better known from the Domino's Pizza commercials.

11. SKIT #3
What the ***? Three skits in seven tracks? Who sequenced this thing?

12. PEER PRESSURE (THE LARGE PROFESSOR REMIX)
Sounds exactly as it reads. What do you mean, you've never heard of Large Professor? Sigh...

13. PROJECT HALLWAYS
Whoever predicted that Havoc would eventually outshine Prodigy on the mic, hit me with a comment below; I'm looking for some lucky lottery numbers.

14. FLAVOR FOR THE NON-BELIEVERS
Available in fruit punch, orange, and nacho cheese.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Juvenile Hell is a surprisingly decent debut album. It's best you don't go into it expecting much, since the beats mostly suck and the rhymes had yet to be honed, but fans of The Infamous will be pleased. Fans of Blood Money, though, should be dragged out into the streets and beaten with MC Hammer LP's until fully embarrassed.

BUY OR BURN? If you can find it for fifty cents (ooh, a pun!), I'd pick this one up, but otherwise I'd just burn it, simply because it's easier that way.

BEST TRACKS: "Hold Down The Fort"; "Hit It From The Back"


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rockfan123
March 25th 2008


344 Comments


maybe add a few details on the track descriptions, what do the beats sound like? I liked the first track where you described how Havoc rode a beat, that was really funny.

Wasteman
August 23rd 2008


14 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think this album was real good considering how old they were. I hate the whole gangsta business, but there is something irresistable (i say that in the most masculine way possible) about mobb deep's early music.

Hollow
May 10th 2009


263 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Juvenile Hell shouldn't be bad, I've heard a couple of songs but yeah, Prodigy and Havoc sound very young and it's kinda funny.

HalfManHalfAmazing
September 27th 2010


769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, this album is so unintentionally hilarious

Dryden
September 27th 2010


13236 Comments


half

DestroyHim
February 1st 2011


173 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love this album, i think it's generally underrated. all the beats are groovy. the skits aren't too bad except the intro. and even the intro is pretty funny. not many memorable rhymes though unfortunately, but i still think this is good sh*t. And it's not as miserable as their later stuff.

1ChrisRock
December 26th 2012


102 Comments


lol someone put 2Pac in the album cover

FourthReich
February 2nd 2013


18132 Comments


yeah I thought it looked weird, I wonder if eazy e and pac were friends

Digging: Hail Mary Mallon - Bestiary

1ChrisRock
February 4th 2013


102 Comments


I know for sure Mobb Deep & 2Pac were not friends though



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