Mobb Deep
Murda Muzik



by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
December 23rd, 2009 | 14 replies

Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A few great moments but an overall letdown from their two previous albums.

After two great, near-classic albums in "The Infamous" and "Hell on Earth" expectations were high for the Queensbridge duo for their fourth album, but how realistic was that? After all, how many hip hop artists have made three consecutive excellent albums? Probably none, so taking that into consideration this is a pretty good effort and although it's a step down from the two previous albums by no means is it terrible the expectations were just too high.

It starts out with "Streets Raised Me" with a female vocalist doing the hook, taking a bit of a softer approach, Big Noyd has a guest spot here and throughout the album Havoc shows an improved rapping ability, no longer being just the production half of the group. The most unusual song here is "Spread Love" with a chorus of "You should spread love not war just think about your kids how they need you alive for their guidance." If you're familiar with their previous work you'll realize how strange this is for a group that has been the hardest of the hard, talking about guns, drugs and murder this song seems very out of place especially since on the rest of the album they stick to their guns(literally and figuratively) throughout.

Production is predictably handled by Havoc almost entirely but The Alchemist provides a quality, thumping beat for "Thug Muzik" which is great because this track features virtually unknown(for good reason) Infamous Mobb and all three members have a verse here, a sample of their uninspired appearance:

Or at the time when my brother got splashed
It hurt my ass, to see him pass
But now I gotta keep on moving to get this cash
You better kill his ass, if you wanna pass

Thankfully Prodigy saves the track with the closing verse. There are much more welcome guest spots by Cormega on "What's Ya Poison" and old school legend Kool G. Rap on "The Realest." Unfortunately a guest spot from another great doesn't work, Nas appears on "It's Mine," containing an interpolation of Brandy and Monica's "The Boy Is Mine" with God's Son singing the chorus "Y'all need to give it up, we don't give a f*ck, what y'all niggaz want, thug, life, is, mine" a shockingly bad moment considering the talent of the artists involved.

When the book is closed on Mobb Deep, they'll be remembered for making two great albums and the song that has become synonimous with the group is "Shook Ones Pt. II" but right next to that classic will be "Quiet Storm," while the remix with Lil' Kim garnered the most attention, the original version is probably better, with Prodigy doing all three verses while Havoc handles the hook. Over a buzzing synth bassline and simple keynotes, Prodigy spits some of the best lyrics of his career:

Fully blown melanin tone, I rock skeleton bone shirts
And verses, but thirst for worse beats
So I can put, more product out on the street
Get respect and love, all across the board
We've been adored, for keepin it raw, nuttin less or more
I score everytime for sure
while the rest of y'all niggaz just nil

Although it's a letdown coming off "Hell on Earth" there are some impressive moments here, Havoc's production hasn't really skipped a beat, he shows improvement as a rapper and even though he's still not at Prodigy's level he can hold his own. Many will point to this album as the time when Mobb Deep started to lose it but they don't embarrass themselves here, they would save that for their next album...

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December 23rd 2009


Album Rating: 3.0

This album has one of Mobb Deep's biggest songs (Quiet Storm) but not a whole lot more

December 23rd 2009


Don't listen to rap music

December 23rd 2009


If you don't listen to rap music, that means you have a small penis.

September 17th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

This album is pretty damn good, but yeah it's a step down from Hell on Earth

November 1st 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

quiet storm is so fucking good

December 11th 2010


Good review man. It's so true - when someone asks you what rap groups you like, it's almost easier to say what ALBUMS you like, because there's like NOBODY who is consistent. I think GZA has a pretty good track record, but even he had some absolute bullshit in "Words From The Genius"

December 11th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

lol Words From The Genius, I remember that shitfest.

December 11th 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

yeah then he got his act together

March 1st 2011


Album Rating: 4.5

Obviously not as good as The Infamous, but I feel like it's almost as good as Hell On Earth. Not quite, but it's up there. Don't understand the low ratings for this.

Digging: Full of Hell - Trumpeting Ecstasy

November 16th 2013


Album Rating: 4.5

tfw streets raised me

June 18th 2014


As a full album I think this is definitely better than Hell on Earth and it even rivals The Infamous as far as I'm concerned. I have no idea how anyone could be let down by this album.

July 7th 2015


Definitely not on the level of elite street perfection of its two legendary twin predecessors, but you have to consider that after HOE they really blew up and had money and had achieved a moderate level of success, thus this album lacks some of that raw gritty hunger and tension from the earlier albums. During the recordings of The Infamous and Hell on Earth, these dudes were going through a lot of serious drama in the hood and that reflected strongly in their music. This album shows them relaxing and reflecting a bit more, while also experimenting and exploring different avenues for their music, and still retaining the classic mobb mentality, for the most part. Not the best entry point for those new to mobb deep, but certainly a worthwhile listen for those already accustomed to their earlier music and the lives that led to its inception

July 9th 2015


album is a hard grower

September 5th 2015


Wow what the fuck happened to them? The last two albums are probably, imo, top 10 ever rap albums, absolute classics. This one is a piece of shit though. Huge letdown.

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