13 is the third solo album from Havoc, one half of the famous rap duo Mobb Deep. Even though it has been a while since the Mobb came together for a studio release, Havoc has made it a point to stay relevant in today’s industry. Clocking in at less than fifty minutes, 13 is a relatively short listen which is in form with Havoc’s previous albums. He has always been an artist who practiced quality over quantity ever since the early days of Mobb Deep and the result is a positive one. 13 comes across as a complete thought as Havoc uses each track to continue his decades long report on life in the streets. The subject matter is a familiar one but he manages to present it in a way that doesn’t feel stale. This has largely to do with the production which Havoc handles almost exclusively himself. Having total control over the sound of 13 gave him the chance to create an album with a purposeful tone and he does just that. With a dry, dark sound and the well-known haunting piano, it is plain to see that Havoc was trying to recreate the old Mobb Deep feel for this project and he succeeds to varying degrees.
There are some real gems on the album. “Favorite Rap Stars” is set to a beat straight out of 1995 and features solid rhymes from Styles P and Raekwon. “Get Busy” has a nice flow from Havoc over a great instrumental while “Already Tomorrow” shows him at his most reflective and creative. Royce da 5’9” absolutely rips the beat in half on “Tell Me to My Face” to the point where Havoc’s rhymes are almost irrelevant. “Hear Dat” sports the most artistic beat on the album and can be considered one of Havoc’s best.
The problems of the album are more big picture issues. Havoc’s rhymes are not bad by any means but some of the songs can run together when the content matter is so similar. This becomes problematic when featured artist come though and outshine him on tracks such as Royce mentioned above. There are other minor gripes. “Colder Days” is a song that goes on for two minutes too long and features the laziest rhyming from Havoc. “Eyes Open” does have a great verse from Twista but the beat itself feels out of place when compared to other songs on the album.
At the end of the day, 13 is another entry in the long running discography of one of rap’s most famous artists. Havoc presents more of what fans love and shows no signs of slowing down in the future.
KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT DEBUT LEAD TRACK ‘ROBOT’ (produced by Havoc of Mobb Deep)
Available May 5th for Download on iTunes World-Wide
KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT unveil the first song off their highly anticipated album “SURVIVAL SKILLS” in stores August 25th on Duck Down Records.
ROBOT, produced by Havoc of Mobb Deep, is a hard-hitting track that showcases KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT in true form, highlighting the current auto-tune trend in Hip-Hop and exposing the copy-cat mentality that has rappers hiding behind “the program.” Stepping outside the factory that Hip Hop has become, the duo lead the charge in the battle for originality.
The video for ROBOT is being filmed this week by Todd Angkasuwan in Brooklyn, New York with BET providing exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage.
“Survival Skills” has confirmed features from Mary J Blige, Slug, of Atmosphere, Immortal Technique, K’NAAN, Talib Kweli, Sean Price, Naledge of Kidz In The Hall, Smif N Wessun, Rock of Heltah Skeltah and Geo of Blue Scholars.
Production on the album includes tracks from Havoc, of Mobb Deep, 9th Wonder, Black Milk, Marco Polo, Moss, Coptic, KHRYSIS! and Ill Mind
To read the lyrics from ROBOT visit KRS-ONE & BUCKSHOT’s LYRIC BOOK
Multi-Platinum producer Havoc of Mobb Deep has become a partner in emerging producer resource site SampleMyMelodyz.com.
Sample My Melodyz Inc. is proud to announce a new partnership with Multi-Platinum producer Havoc of Mobb Deep. Havoc is renowned among hip-hop fans as one of the prominent figures of the East Coast Renaissance of the mid 1990s for his hard-hitting and stripped-down beats complementary to the RZA’s work on Wu-Tang Clan projects. Havoc’s credits include producing many of the tracks on Mobb Deep albums, as well as production credits on a variety of artist releases such as Method Man, Nas, Onyx, The Notorious B.I.G., Jadakiss, Styles P, The Game, LL Cool J, 50 Cent, G-Unit, Lil’ Kim, and La The Darkman. President Roget Romain says, “I am very excited to have Havoc as part of Sample My Melodyz.” Romain continues, “I have been a die hard fan of Mobb Deep since the beginning and Havoc is one of the groups’ best producers. I look forward to collaborating with Havoc to provide great melodyz to the up and coming producers that visit SampleMyMelodyz.com.” Look for Havoc’s original melodyz available soon on Sample My Melodyz.
www.SampleMyMelodyz.Com is a creative tool for producers created by various well known producers in the recording industry today. The site is currently featuring Multi-Platinum Producer Red Spyda (credits include: Grand Theft Auto Soundtrack, 50 Cent, Eminem) Ben Grimm of The Now & Laterz (credits include: Game, Bow Wow, Lloyd, R. Kelly) and underground kings Thorotracks (credits include: Planet Asia, Poison Pen, Ali Vegas). Samplemymelodyz.com Inc. provides users with the opportunity to purchase and download a variety of melody content from various genres of musical styles. The website also provides the ability to download legal templates for use in music industry business.