Mobb Deep
Black Cocaine



by PorkchopExpress USER (38 Reviews)
November 26th, 2011 | 6 replies

Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mobb Deep's latest release--and first offering of new music since 2006--does what any good EP should do. It serves to build anticipation for the full-length that will follow.

The chances of Mobb Deep releasing another classic slowly but surely dwindled throughout the 2000s. There was a slow decline in quality with every new release, and once Prodigy was locked up for 3 1/2 years on a gun-possession charge, the hope of seeing another "The Infamous", "Hell On Earth", or even "Murda Muzik" seemed to be a lost cause. However, the Queensbridge duo was always at their best when facing grim situations, and their first release of new music in five years is a reflection of that.

They start things off with "Dead Man Shoes", which is aided by a dark, grimy beat, more reminiscent of their mid-90's output than anything they've released in almost a decade. Though the lyrics themselves are somewhat pedestrian, especially for someone who can spit the kind of verses Prodigy is capable of, you get a sense that they're just getting warmed up while listening to it. The next two tracks prove that to be the case, as they find solid footing on both the title track and "Conquer". The former features production from long-time collaborator The Alchemist, delivering a solid beat to compliment sturdy performances from both Havoc and Prodigy. The latter track is the obvious single, with horns that sound triumphant, especially when taken in the context of the point Mobb Deep is currently at in their career.

The first three tracks serve a build-up to the penultimate track and album highlight, "Get It Forever", featuring Nas in the album's lone guest appearance, and he absolutely kills it on his verse. Factor in that The Alchemist has provided a complete monster of a beat with a groaning sample looped in, and some really solid lyrics from both members---"Beat so ugly gotta put a f*cking mask on it" being my personal favorite---and Mobb Deep has managed to pull off what didn't seem possible...releasing one of the best hip-hop tracks of 2011.

The album closes with "Last Days", which could be seen as the duo acknowledging the fact that, if they're going to release one last album that can be mentioned in the same sentence with their best work, it's going to have to be the full-length that follows this EP, which is supposed to be released sometime in 2012. I've wanted to see the Mobb to put out something on par with their glory years for over ten years now. This EP actually gives me a lot of hope that they might still have that in them, and for that it is an absolute success.

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Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2011


recommended by reviewer

Mobb Deep The Infamous
Mobb Deep Hell On Earth
Mobb Deep Murda Muzik

Way to knock it out of the park man

November 27th 2011


Nice review, I am pleasantly surprised to hear that this is good stuff. I shall definitely check it out.

November 27th 2011


I hope this is as good as you say it is. Nice review, I pos'd

November 27th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

@Deviant Haha, I actually had something different listed, but since the review is basically about how it reminds me of their 1990's output, I decided to go with those three albums. At least I didn't also list "Juvenile Hell", right?

@Metalstyles @Tupik Obviously this isn't another "Infamous", but I really do think it's their best release since Murda Muzik. Also, here's the track with Nas:

November 28th 2011


Album Rating: 2.0

I'm also looking forward to give this a few spins, your review makes it seem really interesting, I hope you're right !

December 8th 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

Nas has such a great verse on "Get it Forever". Kind of blows Mobb's raps out of the water on this EP. Still, this is definitely a big improvement over their last few albums, even if I was one of the only people to like a few songs off of Blood Money.

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