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Havoc
The Kush

havoc-kush.jpgOver the past 14 years, Havoc has carved out a sizable rep for himself via his brooding production. Still, the Queensbridge beatsmith/MC often winds up playing second fiddle to his Mobb Deep brother, Prodigy. In fact, while Capital P has managed to squeeze out a pair of solo efforts, Hav has kept a relatively low profile. That’s all about to change, as Hav finally steps out on his own with The Kush.

As expected, Havoc’s first solo outing isn’t lacking in the beats department. The swelling synths of “One Less Nigga” set the stage for a lyrical castigation of would-be snitches. Similarly, the searing organs and rumbling drums of “Hit Me Up” are a perfect backdrop for Hav and Mobb affiliate Un Pacino to spit that dunn language. While the majority of the tracks fall in line with the gritty Mobb style, Hav does offer up a course of lighter fare. On the soothing “Be There,” he pristinely flips a Jackson 5 classic to reaffirm his hip-hop supremacy: “H.A.V.O.C./Don of dons/Y’all fightin’ for that King of New York/I’m King-Kong.”

Unfortunately, the chest-beating bravado gives way to the flossiness of his Hollywood Hav persona. “I’m the Boss” shares the same funky groove with A Tribe Called Quest’s “Luck of Lucien” but gets sabotaged by raps about Hav starring in a sex tape and dodging paparazzi. The same goes for “Balling Out,” which offers up boring tales about his net worth. Another flub is “By My Side,” where Hav and 40 Glocc beat the gun-as-a-woman concept to death.

Thankfully, Prodigy provides some potency with his show-stealing appearance on the chopped-guitar-riff-filled “Set Me Free.” That’s not to say that Havoc can’t catch wreck on his own, but the chemistry between the two is undeniable. Although it’s not the musical massacre die-hard fans have been waiting for, The Kush still provides enough murda muzik to keep hip-hop addicts coming back for their next hit. —ALVIN BLANCO

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  • C-raig

    yeeeeeeeeooooooowww

  • Cokolino

    Havoc is the shit, finally some good old Mobb Deep.

  • misfit

    this cut iz off tha chain damn son!!! u’z on point hav no doubt! we need more material from u alwayz tho waz wondering u should produce wit Doc Dre n Krhysis nway i give this shit 4.5 on tha rector scale man!!!!
    one>>

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  • phurdrick

    Sometime rappers need to shut the fuck up and just let the music talk! Thedays of beefing with other rappers, to help boost records are over. Yes, it’s fucked up Hav only sold 4000 units in it’s 1st week out! I’m from New York and if it wasn’t for xxlmag, I wouldn’t of knew about Hav solo joint. Other words where was dude street team? 50 Cent all over the place doing shows and tv! Dam, you could of done RapCity or something! Hell I even download “Be There”, for my Ipod as well as the cd. It’s dope! Maybe you all should be checking downloads, because this new age don’t buy cds! But with all these hot as shows we had here in the summer(like Rock Da Mic) you could of give us show tolet us know youhad some new shit comming out! Still a great album! Should of got a xl rating!

  • http://wiseonedtownhotmail.com wise_ONE

    thats that shit i be talkin bout! HAV putting it down for all the lay-low niggas BAM! out of no where dud come out.GET THE MUTHAFUCKIN ALBUM!

  • $$$

    The production from Havoc is on point with sum heavy tracks which are straight fire. However, lyrically the album is not that good. Havoc does offer some hard lyrics but most of the time hes just coasting on the tracks and the guest verses apart from Prodigy aren’t that good either. Overall i would give it an XL because of the production.

  • whodat?

    man i give this shit 5/10 man. beats r illajam but hav’s rymes suck man and all the guest rappers suck cept P. return of the mac is way better and dat shit is a fuckin mixtape. neways man im holdin downn fer HNIC 2. oh and fuck g-unit

  • “naughty gangsta”from G-UNIT

    2nd!wow.i love this cd.50 cent is a real gangster in poland.we dress like him.my friend augustine told police who killed a store shop worker in bludavech province.he said he is a snitcher but still a gangster like 50 cent.but i think him and ja rule should team up.they would control every radio in america.50cent+ja rule+havoc=g-unit for life.my name is isidan mishak.a.k.a. “naughty gangsta” a.k.a “rusioan goash” a.k.a “fake belizian”

  • BUD

    aitch ey vee oh see
    this shit is HOT, album of the year

    “”"IVE GOT BITCHES OVER SEAS THAT HUM ON MY BALLS WIT AN ACCENT, ASK CUSTOMS ABOUT ME”"”

    RESPECT AN ACTUALL MUSICIAN WHO PUTS AN ALBUM OUT WHERE ITS HIS CREATION FROM THE GROUND UP

  • http://www.facebook.com mark campbell

    That kush