As my esteemed colleague Deen reminded us last week, it’s been nearly seven years since the last official collaboration between Nas, Mobb Deep, and The Alchemist. Did the Queensbridge (and Beverly Hills) quartet bring the Uzi in the army jacket lining, or buckle under pressure of unrealistic expectations? The G.B.M. alumni provide their uniquely bias opinions, as well as measure the song’s worth using a five unit rating system. Let the games begin.
DEEN: Straight from the jump, I think it’s fair to say that “Dog Shit” doesn’t disappoint. When Queens niggas (and that Alchemist nigga) get together on some All-Star shit, you expect nothing but the gulliest. The beat is skeletal and ominous as fuck and each MC (yes, even Havoc) does a decent job. Prodigy wins by default, since he sounds energized he is actually rhyming his lines again, plus beats like this were designed for his gruff nonchalance. They’re obviously not trying to change the world with this shit (or even surpass past efforts), but the execution is beyond competent and approaches excellence, according to my ears. I’ll bump this shit for a long minute. Then again, I’m one of the biggest Nas/Mobb fans you’ll ever meet. I give it 4 Uzi’s in the army jacket lining.
HL: Incredible song. I’m digging the not so subtle message of self defense. Prodigy sounds cold and heartless as ever, Havoc delivers a solid performance, and Nas is like…Nas. Outside of future collaborations what more could you ask for? 5 out of 5 biscuits. Well done.
HARLEM WORLD: This feels like an Alchemist beat to me because he never uses hi hats, only shakers. To be honest I’m just glad to hear Nas and the Mobb recording again. Thats that vintage queens sound, with Prodigy back on his non-rhyming shit. 4 out of 5 burners.
ABORTATRON: Since Prodigy’s release, i think hip-hop has collectively been waiting for that verse from houdini P that announces to the industry, “I’m back”. We didn’t get it on “Love Y’all More”, Mobb’s first offering since prodigy came home, but to everyone’s delight, we finally got the verse we were waiting for. The verse that says to the world “Illuminati P is home. Prison was tough, i missed my family and my fans, but now i’m back. Let’s get this money, and make some classic music”. Just one little technicality… It wasn’t P that delivered the message. It was Nas. My apologies to any purists who might get angry while clutching their copy of “Murda Muzik”, but both Hav and P were underwhelming on this. Nas however, spit what can only be interpreted as an homage to his fellow Queens MC, and made the other already forgettable verses basically a non factor. Nas owns this song. The production is pretty much what you’re expecting, Alc and Hav deliver a solid soundscape, but nothing groundbreaking or neck-snapping. I’m not mad though, Prodigy and Havoc were ok, they just got out-shined by the GOD. I’m giving this 3 and a half uzi’s, and hoping that we get another Mobb Deep X Nas offering in the future.
AMPGEEZ: Aight, I know I’m gonna get shit for this, but fuck it. I wasn’t really moved by “Dog Shit”. The instrumental is a little more subdued then you’d expect & with both Hav & Al adding their two cents, I expected something a lot harder. As far as the verses, a focused Nas easily outshines his QB counterparts with one of his better 16’s in recent years. I’m not sure who to be more surprised by, Havoc stepping up with a killer verse of his own or Prodigy returning from his bid with such lackadaisical bars. I know he just came home after being down for three years, but P sounds a few steps slow. A decent mixtape track, but for a group trying to reintroduce themselves after a four year layoff, the Mobb is not off to a great start. I give it 3 Uzi’s.
Fuck dis shit….
I give Gnoz his props…..but that’s where it stops……It’s MAYBACH…..
Tupac Back…mutha fuckas…..
“Dog Shit”: 3.5 blickies.
“Tupac Back”: 10 blickies.
JIHAD: Warning- Excessive Basketball Metaphors ALERT! “Dog Shit” is the lyrical equivalent of Jordan returning to the Bulls after his retirement secret suspension by David Stern for gambling, with Prodigy wearing the #45. For those that don’t remember, Jordan was tentative, ineffiecent, and generally more of a hinderance to his team as be became re-acclimated to playing in the NBA—traits that Prodigy shares as he becomes comfortable being on the outside. Thankfully, he has the same team that allowed him to 3 peat the first time—Pippen (Havoc), Tony Kukoc (Alchemist), and the newest edition, Dennis Rodman (Nas), who each ensure that Prodigy gets ample rope to work on his handle (flow), jump shot (delivery), and defense (lyrics) before we call him the next Jamal Barrow. While “Love Ya’ll More” reminded me of Jordan’s first game back against the Pacers, “Dog Shit” is the game winning shot against the Hawks four games into the comeback—he still isn’t playing up to his potential, but the flashes are there. Thankfully, while Prodigy is still working on his handles, Havoc, Alchemist, and Nas (more on this nigga in a second) all pick up the slack, as Hav and Alan both man the boards (with a haunting beat that sounds like something Lloyd Banks could have used for HFM2), and Nasir brings not only an inspired verse, but also one that hasn’t been tacked on from an older session or recycled. In fact, Nasir sounds the MOST excited about this collaboration, which is interesting considering his approach to his last few collaborations. Anyway, “Dog Shit” is definitely a win for both the Mobb and Nas, and while it may be forgotten in a few weeks, it does bode well for future Mobb songs and Prodigy’s career in general. Now we just need Prodigy to score 55 on the Knicks. Then I can say the Mobb is truly back. 3 and a half Uzi’s.