Return of the Mac

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Return of the Mac
Return of the Mac1.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 27, 2007
Recorded2006–2007
GenreHip hop
Length49:27
LabelE1 Music
ProducerThe Alchemist, DJ Muro
Prodigy and The Alchemist chronology
Return of the Mac
(2007)
Albert Einstein
(2013)
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
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic75/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
HipHopDX3/5 stars[3]
The New York Times(favorable)[4]
Pitchfork Media(8.5/10)[5]
PopMatters(5/10)[6]
Stylus MagazineB+[7]
XXL4/5 stars[8]

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.[9] As of December 2007, the album has sold 130,000 copies.[10] 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]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."The Mac Is Back"The Alchemist, DJ Muro1:53
2."Return of the Mac"The Alchemist2:59
3."Stuck on You"The Alchemist4:29
4."Mac 10 Handle"The Alchemist4:15
5."Down & Out in New York City"The Alchemist0:33
6."The Rotten Apple"The Alchemist3:06
7."Madge Speaks" (featuring Majesty)The Alchemist1:16
8."Take It to the Top"The Alchemist, DJ Muro3:22
9."P. Speaks"The Alchemist1:05
10."7th Heaven" (featuring Un Pacino) 2:44
11."Bang on 'Em"The Alchemist3:39
12."Nickel and a Nail"The Alchemist2:57
13."Legends"The Alchemist3:58
14."Stop Fronting"The Alchemist3:06
15."My Priorities"The Alchemist3:24
16."That's That" (featuring The Alchemist and Havoc)The Alchemist4:01
17."Last Words" (featuring Kokane) 2:41
Total length:49:27

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 32
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[12] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[13] 9
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[14] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Return Of The Mac by Prodigy [of Mobb Deep". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  2. ^ David Jeffries (2007-03-27). "Return of the Mac - Prodigy | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  3. ^ "Prodigy - Return Of The Mac". HipHopDX. 2007-04-04. Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  4. ^ "A Quirky Voice Now Grounded in R&B". The New York Times. 2007-03-27. Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  5. ^ "Prodigy: Return of the Mac". Pitchfork. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  6. ^ "Prodigy: Return of the Mac - PopMatters Music Review". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on June 6, 2007. Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  7. ^ "Prodigy - Return of the Mac - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  8. ^ "Prodigy Return of the Mac - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2007-03-02. Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  9. ^ Katie Hasty, "McGraw Leads Seven Top 10 Debuts Onto Billboard 200", Billboard.com, April 4, 2007.
  10. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (December 30, 2007). The Shrinking Market Is Changing the Face of Hip-Hop. The New York Times. Accessed May 21, 2008.
  11. ^ "Prodigy Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  12. ^ "Prodigy Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  13. ^ "Prodigy Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  14. ^ "Prodigy Chart History (Top Rap Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 24, 2012.