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Prodigy was only 19 years old when Mobb Deep recorded 1995's The Infamous, a gritty, harrowing New York hip-hop album that, along with Enter the Wu-Tang, helped cement the mid-'90s East Coast sound. It should have been a setup to a long and towering career, but it ended up being a prologue without a follow-through. The duo faltered in the early part of the aughts, and their supposed resurrection as members of 50 Cent's G-Unit ended up producing the weakest record of their career, 2006's hopelessly (mis)calculated Blood Money.
So it's all the more inspiring to hear Prodigy lay deep into "Mac 10 Handle," one of the early tracks on this return-to-form mixtape. Over a barely-there funk track, Prodigy sets up a sinister scenario, plotting murder and mayhem while stewing in a dark bedroom. It's a chilling moment, and though it's not as effortless as the best parts of The Infamous, it's one of the many entries on Return that edges Prodigy back towards his former glory. There's a kind of gloom that hangs over the record — the title track is powered by groaning horns and a Biggie Smalls sample, and Prodigy icily itemizes a list of crimes… read more »