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5.0 out of 5 stars Prodigy + Alchemist = A Deadly Combination!, July 6, 2013
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I don't know what's up with the 3 star reviews this album is getting but in my opinion this might be Prodigy's best solo album. We all know by now that H.N.I.C. 3 was a disappointment but Albert Einstein more than makes up for it. This album contains the best beats Alchemist has ever done, hands down. Considering the fact that Alchemist has never put out a weak track that's saying a lot. All his beats are nice but for whatever reason he took his production skills to the next level on this album. Maybe he respects Prodigy very much as a rapper. Whatever the case this album is Prodigy's best solo effort due largely in part to Alchemist's dope production. Up until now I thought H.N.I.C. 2 was P's best solo album. With dark, grimey tracks like New Yitty and When I See You and Veteran's Memorial, it was his best solo album at the time. But Albert Einstein trumps it by far. The beats on this album are way out there and more complex but that's a good thing for me. More traditional Mobb fans might be a little put off by this new style of production that Alchemist used and that might explain the 3 star reviews. Try to think outside the traditional Mobb Deep Havoc and Alchemist sound, which don't get me wrong, is not a bad sound at all. I've enjoyed it all these years. But give this new sound a chance too. It's just as dark and grimey as the sound you're used to, just with more elements and more complex. To those who say Prodigy has fallen off lyrically I disagree. Yes, he derailed a little with H.NI.C. 3 but every artist is entitled to a slip up every now and then. Think of all your favorite rappers and artists. How many of them have put out perfect albums every single time? They go though label changes which can limit their budget for the album. They are still human just like you so they go through life changes which can impact the lyrical content and overall quality of their lyrics. I think H.N.I.C. 3 was a combination of both. I bought it, saved maybe 5 or 6 songs to my Itunes library, sold the hard copy and never listened to it again. I don't even put it in my Ipod Touch. I made sure I put Albert Einstein in it though and you can best believe it isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Death Sentence is a sick track. Y.N.T. is my jam and it is simply beautiful. I never thought I'd say that about a rap song but the beat is so nice and sublime it's beautiful. It's a song you can bang in your car on a nice, peaceful sunny day on your way to the beach or with your girl riding shotgun with you in the passenger seat. Or you could just bump it by yourself and slip into deep peaceful thought. Either way it's one of the highlights of the album and there are no weak tracks on it. So just like the classics, Nas's Illmatic, Biggie's Ready To Die, Mobb's Infamous, Hell On Earth and Murda Muzik albums, Raekwon's Cuban Linx, Genius's Liquid Swords and Kool G Rap's Live And Let Die and Wanted Dead Or Alive, you can listen to it straight through without skipping any tracks. It's a modern day classic and possibly the best true non-commercialized rap album to come out in 2013. It's definitely a breath of fresh air because I thought this year was gonna be a waste as far as true hip hop. I've been mostly buying re-issues and old classic rap albums. Havoc's 13 solo album was decent but didn't quite have the edge that Albert Einstein has. This is the best new material to come out this year. Dough Pildin, Confessions, Breeze and Raw Forever are also slamming tracks. The songs I mentioned are the standout tracks but the rest of the songs are good in their own way too and really keep the album flowing. With one nice, short intro and no annoying skits or interludes, this album was formatted just like a classic old school hip hop album. Kind of like LL Cool J's Radio. No skits, just slamming tracks straight through to bump in your boombox cassette deck. Not a long album but all the songs on it are bangin'. You can tell P is an old school head and in this case it works to his advantage. A slamming album in 2013 to bump straight through in your CD player or Ipod. Prodigy's flow remains the same, dark and grimey as ever but with a slight evil edge to it. On one song, I forget which one, he talks about blowing a guy's brains out in front of his young daughter and how the little b**** is gonna spend half her life in therapy from seeing her pops get slaughtered. So to anybody that says Prodigy has lost his edge I'd advise you to listen to this album a couple more times and rethink that statement. I understand how more traditional Mobb fans might not immediately get into this album but there's no denying it's a slamming album regardless. If you're a Mobb Deep or Prodigy fan you should definitely have this in your collection. Peace!
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