Mobb Deep: Mobb Muzik

Mobb Muzik (Loud)

Record Reviews

Mobb Deep

Mobb Muzik (Loud)

Finally -- a hip-hop album the whole family can enjoy! Now before you all go rushing off to Best Buy or Music Mania to secure this for your pre-adolescent cousin/niece/nephew, bear in mind that's "family" as in Gambino, not Barney. More Scorcese than Sesame Street, Mobb Muzik opens with former President Reagan vowing to "break the power of the Mob in America and nothing short of it" and spends the rest of its 72 minutes detailing how ineffectual the old coot's promise truly was. Swapping stark tales of street knowledge with Nas, Kool G Rap, Raekwon, Eightball, Lil' Cease, and Cormega, Mobb Deep's Prodigy and Havoc burrow deep within the urban nightmare, occasionally pausing to ponder the dead-end aspect of it all, but mostly marinating in the reality of the famous Dead Kennedys' phone call, "Hey Dad! I'm in jail! And I like it!" Most of the regret is left to the musical side, surfacing in the album's many mournful piano loops and meditative minor-key samples. Flowing like lava down the side of a Filipino volcano, the Queensbridge MCs spit narratives that don't offer much immediate hope for a declining crime rate but sure are a blast to play PlayStation to. For some reason, Loud Records sent out review copies purged of all the naughty words, but the effect is like an episode of The Sopranos edited for network TV. Mobb Muzik is definitely rated R: for real.

*** 

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Ben Buck
Kilroy (Record Review)

Derek Udensi, Feb. 21, 2020

Fall Platters
Quin NFN
4NUN (Record Review)

Derek Udensi, Nov. 29, 2019

More by Christopher Gray
Margaret Moser Tribute: Alvin Crow
Alvin Crow
Summer camp with the kids

June 30, 2017

Margaret Moser Tribute: The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
That Margaret Moser, she’s a rainbow

June 30, 2017

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle