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Prodigy
Return of the Mac

prodigy.jpgOver a decade ago, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy was rapping about stabbing people with their nose bones and was revered as one of New York’s finest lyricists. Funny how much things can change. Still feeling the impact from the now-infamous Jay-Z diss, P and his partner Havoc saw their past two albums—including last year’s G-Unit debut, Blood Money—attract more dust than consumers. Looking to reinvent himself, Prodigy steps out on his own with Return of the Mac, a project steeped in 1970’s soul and orchestrated exclusively by longtime affiliate The Alchemist.

On the gloomy “Mac 10 Handle,” Capital P snatches a line from the Geto Boys’ “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” and transforms it into the hook for a suicidal manifesto. The same dark cloud shrouds the synthesizer-heavy “7th Heaven,” where the Queensbridge representer snarls, “Bullets beat you to sleep, no nap time, nigga/It’s my snack time, nigga/I wrap niggas up in them doggie bags, nigga.”

For all of his thug bravado, though, Prodigy still has brief moments of unclarity. Take the horn-laden “Nickel and a Nail,” where he delivers one of his most lackadaisical lines ever: “As a young gunner, I was like, ‘They can’t stop me’/Now I’m grown-up, so obviously they ain’t stop me.” Furthermore, the funky “Take It to the Top” is stifled by brazen proclamations, like, “Nigga kept talkin’ and talkin’, I had to shoot him.”

However, the occasional lyrical flub is forgivable, thanks to the consistent production. Whether it be the chipmunk soul of “Stuck on You” or the superb reworking of Barry White’s “Playing Your Game Baby” on “Stop Fronting,” Alchemist provides Prodigy with the perfect sound track to let his morbid mind spray.

While he’ll never be the same dun dun from ’95, Prodigy remains just as violent as before, just with more gore and less description. So Return of the Mac does deliver mo’ money, mo’ murder, mo’ homicide—but not much else. —JESÚS TRIVIÑO ALARCÓN

  • R

    1st—-FLOP!

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    I thought this album was good a 7/10 but Ballerina P isn’t as lyrical as he used to be.

  • jonny blaze

    1st bitches!!!!

  • derfla the hus’la

    p is aight feeling that stuck to you track.

  • Cuban Link

    im dieing for this Mac 10 Handle was hot.

  • http://www.myspace.com/haloxxxv Juice

    i’m gon cop the album i its all alchemist beats it should be ight

  • 99991

    what the fuck does

    “attract more dust than consumers”

    mean

    lmao at some of these “writers”.

    this new prodigy tape is my shit.

  • Gkid12345

    wouldve got in february but in march and april hot shit like buck the world, tru york, and other hot shit’ll be coming out so i won’t cop this one. Low rating as well. so naaa

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Havoc is WAY BETTER these days.

  • thecoolguy

    ummm wasnt 50 cent dissin koch before???????

  • Tha Kid

    Im feelin them joints P. The industry too watered down. finally summin nice to start the year off.

  • ATS

    Everybody’s a critic these days. Both stuck on you and mac 10 handles is hot and i bet ROTM is gonna be hot too. Oh by the way…yeah, P ain’t as lyrical as he used to be, LEGENDS go through that sometimes……

  • Young stunna

    prodigy is my man but koch is the graveyard get outta there my nigga.

  • Young Dallas

    Koch is a joke prodigy is a joke

  • ghost fawg

    P used to be sick back in da day neva sholda joined wid g-unit i mean mobb deep were pioneers not followers. thier downfall is truely sad in my eyes they have lost their place in the hall of fame they way they sold their souls to g-unit. where ya heart and shook ones are still sick trucks though.

  • lake

    yo man what yall dont understand is that koch lets u keppm most of ur money they just distribute it thats why artists like jim jones make more money selling 400 thou than other rappers would goin plat BUT 50 cent (prodigys boss) was dissin koch before so hes a joke dont blame p for wantin to kepp his money instead of payin it to the crackers workin at the label

  • http://www.myspace.com/arkaplanmusic - OZ – www.myspace.com/arkaplanmusic

    i found YOUNG BUCK’s album ‘Buck Tha World’ Retail on http://www.RapGodfathers.com

    i dont lie..im so serious :S

    i thought everybody wanna know dat….

    peace!!!

  • SOUL

    JIM JONES SOLD 300,000!!!!! RETURN OF THE MAC JUST FOR THE PRODUCTION ALONE IS CLASSIC!

  • http://uSaHater.getalife.com Me

    meow

  • http://uSaHater.getalife.com Me

    50cent treats his boyz good, prodigy even gets his own pillow when he spends the night at Tysons mansion….thank u 50 for helpin the needy..

    and thank you P for taking the cock at night and pretending to stay asleep

  • g-unit-soldier

    that Prodigy album is gonna be hot as hell!!! Mac 10 Handle is pure fire! GGGG-UNIT!!!

  • http://infamousinc.com QU GUNNER

    return of the mac shit is fire
    bitch made niggas still talkin shit bout mobb joinin G unit get over it man … its just music
    you monkey ass dont know these nigggas on a personal level so stop bitchin… you listne to a track if you dont like it fine .. who cares bout koch gunit record labels man its just supposed to be music… and RETURN OF THE MAC is def good music , shits for the streets so ofcourse some of yall wont be able to relate but it is what it is
    COP THA MARCH 27
    look out for Prodigys H N I C 2 and HAVOCs solo album droppin soon
    peace

  • KrooX

    I ain’t gonna front, I like the Alchemist productions! It’s way better than that Mobb/G Unit shit!!!

  • king billing

    dont believe XXL, theres probably mad politics going on between Prodigy and the mag. This is definitely the most solid release of the year and finally recaptures the 90′s sound we miss so much.
    Don’t believe everything you read. Listen for yourself

  • lake

    in my personal opinion qu gunner is a bucket of ass, however hes right about 1 thing its just music, prodigy does not live what he rhymes about

  • Robbery From Brooklyn

    This album is crazy, but where’s Hav, Big Noyd, IM3 (Nitty, G.O.D, & Twin Gambino), Illa Ghee, & Chinky at. I like that real Infamous Shit, not that G-Unit shit !!!

  • Robbery From Brooklyn

    This album is crazy, but where’s Hav, Big Noyd, IM3 (Nitty, G.O.D, & Twin Gambino), Illa Ghee, & Chinky at. I like that real Infamous Shit, not that G-Unit shit.

  • ra

    about fucking time…some REAL street music…..stop frontin..hottest album in a min….definately puts NY back up there and i’m from the south!!!!

  • http://yahoo.com philly b

    i gotta 11 mac 11′s 38 38′s 9 9′s 10 mac 10′s this shit dont end

  • Wiza

    XXL is pretty lame, I mean every good albums gets a XL, well XL should be a really rare but there’s like 3 XL’s by month. Plus the lame, unoriginal, those where you can reed in the review that they are lame gets a L mark. What’s that ? I’m not saying this album is lame but XXL thinks it is lame and they put it a L…

  • joe smith

    Prodigy is back. 9/10

  • CALIFOOLYA

    THIS ALBUM IS SMASHIN…ALCHEMIST WITH THAT FIRE…PRODIGY GOT THAT GUTTTER SHIZZ

  • F@CK YOU, PAY ME

    THIS ALBUM IS SMASHIN…IM FEELIN DIS SHIT PRODIGY…ALCHEMIST GOT THAT SHIT TOO

  • kuku

    listen… to the album stop jumping ona nd off peoples dicks damn……….

  • kuku

    listen… to the album stop jumping on a nd off peoples dicks damn……….

  • http://www.yahoo.com what it do

    fuck prodigy and mobb deep. Blackwallstreet 4 life nigga.

  • jonboy

    this album contained some of the worse lyrics and hooks i have ever heard. h.n.i.c. was a banger from front to back, and this album was highly disappionting.

  • The infamous

    Be infamous or die slow Fuck the game and his whole Wack Gaystreet The only real gagsta hood is qb Queens niggas are the realist Mobb deep style

    The game cant even show his ase in the bay area because yukmouth wil fuck him up there and prodigy got the whole NY state aiming at his face and wil soon drop a gem on em like he did with that pussy nigga 2 pac

    I’m out Enough said

    GGGGG uunit

  • KATARI

    KEEP IN MIND THIS IS A MIXTAPE AND IT SOUNDS BETTER THAN MOST OF THESE RAPPERS ALBUMS. I HAVEN’T HEARD P GRIMEY LIKE THIS SINCE MURDER MUSIC. COP THIS JOINT FOR REAL IF YOU AIN’T FEELING THIS YOU MUST BE ONE OF THEM CHINGY LOVING DUDES THAT DRIVE A TRICKED OUT CAMRY WITH A CURLY TOP LOL

  • Asher

    Y’all are crazy. Return of the Mac is not by any means a classic album, but it sure as hell is a hot one. Everyone who claims that P should not have gone to the West is ridiculous. It’s not like it really mattered, Mobb Deep hadn’t released a nice album in almost a decade. Besides, the Alchemist’s beats have never been so funky and relaxed. Come to think of it, P has never been so funky and relaxed. I can’t say that I’m surprised by most of the reactions to this album, seeing as most of you have no taste in music whatsoever. You wouldn’t know a hot album even if it was burnin’ a hole in your speakers.