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, RCA
07863-66992 (North America)
74321-42558 (international)
Producer Mobb Deep
Mobb Deep chronology
The Infamous
(1995)
Hell on Earth
(1996)
Murda Muzik
(1999)
Singles from Hell On Earth
  1. "Still Shinin'"
    Released: 1996
  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 group Mobb Deep, which was first released on November 19, 1996, on Loud/RCA/BMG Records. The album is largely a continuation of Mobb Deep's previous album, the critically acclaimed The Infamous. The album is produced by Havoc and Prodigy 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
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[2]
RapReviews 8.5/10[3]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]
Spin 8/10[6]

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. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Animal Instinct" (featuring Twin Gambino & Ty Nitty) Mobb Deep 3:30
2. "Drop a Gem on 'Em" Mobb Deep 4:17
3. "Bloodsport" Mobb Deep 3:35
4. "Extortion" (featuring Method Man) Mobb Deep 3:31
5. "More Trife Life" Mobb Deep 3:45
6. "Man Down" (featuring Big Noyd) Mobb Deep 5:03
7. "Can't Get Enough of It" (featuring Illa Ghee) Mobb Deep 4:51
8. "Nighttime Vultures" (featuring Raekwon) Mobb Deep 4:30
9. "G.O.D. Pt. III" Mobb Deep 5:17
10. "Get Dealt With" Mobb Deep 3:56
11. "Hell on Earth (Front Lines)" Mobb Deep 4:34
12. "Give It Up Fast" (featuring Big Noyd & Nas) Mobb Deep 3:58
13. "Still Shinin'" Mobb Deep 4:11
14. "Apostle's Warning" Mobb Deep 4:07

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