Return of the Mac

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Return of the Mac
Studio album by Prodigy and The Alchemist
Released March 27, 2007
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre Hip hop
Length 49:27
Label E1 Music
Producer The Alchemist, DJ Muro
Prodigy and The Alchemist chronology
Return of the Mac
Albert Einstein
Singles from Return of the Mac
  1. "Mac 10 Handle"
    Released: 2006
  2. "Return of the Mac"
    Released: 2007
  3. "Stuck On You"
    Released: 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[2]
Okayplayer 4/5 stars[3]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[4]
The New York Times favorable[5]
Pitchfork Media (8.5/10)[6]
PopMatters (5/10)[7]
The Source 4/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine B+[9]
XXL 4/5 stars[10]

Return of the Mac is the first collaboration studio album by American rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep and producer The Alchemist, released on March 27, 2007 through E1 Music. The album was intended to be a mixtape serving as a prequel to Prodigy's next album, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2, but was released as a traditional album due to the unexpected level of quality of the record. The album was produced by The Alchemist (who is featured on the cover) and it features songs sampled from the Blaxploitation era.

Return of the Mac debuted at number thirty-two on the Billboard 200, selling 27,000 copies in its first week.[11] As of December 2007, the album has sold 130,000 copies.[12] The album received notable critical acclaim, and is considered somewhat of a return to form for Prodigy, as many considered him to have "fallen off" after the 2001 Mobb Deep release Infamy. Return of the Mac has been very successful, as Prodigy's upcoming LP, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2, became one of the more anticipated hip hop albums of 2008.

Return of the Mac has three singles with music videos directed by DanTheMan; "Mac 10 Handle", "New York Shit", and "Stuck on You".

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Samples Length
1 "The Mac Is Back" The Alchemist & DJ Muro 1:53
2 "Return of the Mac" The Alchemist
  • "Blacula Strikes" by Gene Page
  • "Nothing to Lose" by Tupac Shakur
3 "Stuck on You" The Alchemist
  • "I'm Hooked on You" by Jeannie Reynolds
4 "Mac 10 Handle" The Alchemist 4:15
5 "Down & Out in New York City" The Alchemist 0:33
6 "The Rotten Apple" The Alchemist 3:06
7 "Madge Speaks" (feat. Majesty) The Alchemist 1:16
8 "Take It to the Top" The Alchemist & DJ Muro 3:22
9 "P. Speaks" The Alchemist
  • "The Start of Your Ending (41st Side)" by Mobb Deep
  • "Get in My Car" by 50 Cent
10 "7th Heaven" (feat. Un Pacino) The Alchemist 2:44
11 "Bang on 'Em" The Alchemist
  • "Do I Stand a Chance" by The Montclairs
12 "Nickel and a Nail" The Alchemist 2:57
13 "Legends" The Alchemist
  • "Touch Me Take Me" by Syreeta Wright
  • "Love Sounds" by Intimate Strangers
14 "Stop Fronting" The Alchemist 3:06
15 "My Priorities" (Bonus Track) The Alchemist 3:24
16 "That's That" (feat. The Alchemist and Havoc) (Bonus Track) The Alchemist 4:01
17 "Last Words" (feat. Kokane) (Bonus Track) The Alchemist 2:41


Chart (2007) Peak
US Billboard 200[13] 32
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[14] 2
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[15] 9
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[16] 5


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  11. ^ Katie Hasty, "McGraw Leads Seven Top 10 Debuts Onto Billboard 200",, April 4, 2007.
  12. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (December 30, 2007). The Shrinking Market Is Changing the Face of Hip-Hop. The New York Times. Accessed May 21, 2008.
  13. ^ "Prodigy Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Prodigy. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  14. ^ "Prodigy Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Independent Albums for Prodigy. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  15. ^ "Prodigy Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums for Prodigy. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  16. ^ "Prodigy Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Rap Albums for Prodigy. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 24, 2012.