Hell on Earth (Mobb Deep album)

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Hell on Earth
Hell on earth (mobb deep album).jpg
Studio album by Mobb Deep
Released November 19, 1996
Recorded 1995-1996
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 61:35 (North America)
65:47 (international)
Label Loud, BMG, RCA
07863-66992 (North America)
74321-42558 (international)
Producer Mobb Deep
Mobb Deep chronology
The Infamous
(1995)The Infamous1995
Hell on Earth
(1996)
Murda Muzik
(1999)Murda Muzik1999
Singles from Hell On Earth
  1. "Still Shinin'"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Drop a Gem on 'Em"
    Released: August 25, 1996
  3. "Front Lines (Hell on Earth)"
    Released: October 4, 1996
  4. "G.O.D. Pt. III"
    Released: April 15, 1997

Hell on Earth is the third studio album by East Coast hip hop duo Mobb Deep, which was first released on November 19, 1996, on Loud/RCA/BMG. The album is largely a continuation of Mobb Deep's previous album, the critically acclaimed The Infamous. The album is produced by Mobb Deep and also features guest appearances by emcees Nas, Raekwon, Method Man, and frequent collaborator Big Noyd. The album stands out for its acclaimed singles "G.O.D. Pt. III" and "Hell on Earth (Front Lines)," as well as "Drop a Gem on 'Em," a response to 2Pac's diss track "Hit 'Em Up." A promotional single, "Still Shinin'", was released earlier that year and later added to the album. The album, one of the earliest enhanced CDs, also contains an additional track ("In the Long Run") that at the time, had to be unlocked with the use of a computer.

Background[edit]

Since most of the album was recorded during the height of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry, many fans considered the darker songs to be subliminal disses toward 2Pac and other West Coast emcees, but Prodigy sends shout-outs to a list of west coasts artists such as Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, and Xzibit in the liner notes.

Music[edit]

Havoc experiments with a more atmospheric type of production, using more classic piano and soul samples.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]
RapReviews8.5/10[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[6]
The Source4.5/5[7]
Spin8/10[8]

Hell on Earth was met with universal widespread critical acclaim from music critics and is considered by many to be among the duo's best work. The album was included in Q Magazine's 50 Heaviest Albums of All Time. The album was certified Gold on April 9, 1997, by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Animal Instinct" (featuring Twin Gambino & Ty Nitty)3:30
2."Drop a Gem on 'Em"4:17
3."Bloodsport"3:35
4."Extortion" (featuring Method Man)3:31
5."More Trife Life"3:45
6."Man Down" (featuring Big Noyd)5:03
7."Can't Get Enough of It" (featuring Illa Ghee)4:51
8."Nighttime Vultures" (featuring Raekwon)4:30
9."G.O.D. Pt. III"5:17
10."Get Dealt With"3:56
11."Front Lines (Hell on Earth)"4:34
12."Give It Up Fast" (featuring Big Noyd & Nas)3:58
13."Still Shinin'"4:11
14."Apostle's Warning"4:07

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Mobb Deep: Hell on Earth". Entertainment Weekly: 138. November 1996. 
  3. ^ "Los Angeles Times: Archives – POP MUSIC". pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 
  4. ^ "Mobb Deep: Hell on Earth". Q: 126. June 2000. 
  5. ^ "Mobb Deep :: Hell on Earth :: Loud/RCA". www.rapreviews.com. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (20 June 2017). "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide". Simon and Schuster – via Google Books. 
  7. ^ "Mobb Deep: Hell on Earth". The Source: 123. December 1996. 
  8. ^ LLC, SPIN Media (1 January 1997). "SPIN". SPIN Media LLC – via Google Books. 
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mobb Deep – Hell on Earth". Hung Medien.
  10. ^ "Mobb Deep | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  11. ^ "Mobb Deep Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Mobb Deep Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "1997 Year-End Charts – Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ "1997 Year-End Charts – Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 

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