Drop a Gem on 'em

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"Drop a Gem on 'em"
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Single by Mobb Deep
from the album Hell on Earth
Released September 1996
Format Promotional single
Recorded 1996
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length 4:10
Label Loud
Writer(s) Havoc, Prodigy
Producer(s) Havoc, Prodigy
Mobb Deep singles chronology
"Still Shinin'"
(1995)
"Drop a Gem on 'em"
(1996)
"Front Lines (Hell on Earth)"
(1996)

"Drop a Gem on 'em" is a promotional single for Mobb Deep's Hell on Earth album. The song contains a sample from "Can't Help but Love You" by The Whispers.

The song is a diss to West Coast rapper Tupac Shakur's feud with the group. It was recorded while Tupac was alive but was released on the album after his death. The cryptic lyrics in the song caused controversy after Tupac's murder. Lines such as "I had the whole New York state aiming at your face/At the gate, bottom line off top soon as you came through/Shot through, don't even know the half of my crew" and "Think fast or get reminded of robberies in Manhattan, you know what happened/ 60 G's worth of gun-clappin'" are some of the "threats" contained in the song, by making reference to the 1994 Quad Recordings Studio Shooting.