Its now a decade since Mobb Deep unleashed The Infamous, one of the all-time classic hip hop albums, containing the still fearsome "Shook Ones Pt 2". On follow-up Hell On Earth, the duo of Prodigy and Havoc slipped deeper into a world of horror. And now, under the tutelage of 50 Cent, they've entered the realm of complete fantasy.
Sad to report, but Blood Money is a typical G Unit affair - short on subtlety, high on repetition, cliché and outright stupidity. The low point? "Backstage Pass", where Havoc informs a luckless groupie that he'll leave stretch marks in her throat. The old romantic. Only the eerie backing to "Creep" bears repeated listening, and even that would be improved by removing the vocals.
What happened to Mobb Deep's lyrical prowess? Has Fiddy been feeding them stupid pills? Seriously, this is one poor, uninspiring album. Blood Money is what happens when once-hungry rappers get fat. Ugly stuff. --Adam Webb
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