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Released from prison just about a month ago, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy serves up something for the fans in the form of The Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson EP, a free release presented by Complex Magazine. Built around clips from the 1997 film Hoodlum (of which Mobb Deep lent the title track), P loosely takes on the roll played by Laurence Fishburne.

While fans have been clamoring for a Mobb Deep reunion LP, this EP merely whets the appetite even more, as it doesn’t quite deliver like P’s previous solo works. You won’t find tracks of a “Keep It Thoro” magnitude, as he is obviously saving stuff of that caliber for bigger releases. Alchemist does lend beats to this on both “The One and Only” and “For One Night Only”, but neither compare to their previous collaborations, or even the tracks heard recently on the Covert Coup EP with Curren$y.

Sid Roams produces most of this EP, lending it’s two strongest tracks. “Black Devil” samples classic doo-wop, transforming it into a backdrop for P’s rant about wolves in sheep’s clothing, making some surprising admissions about race relations in the pen. Also standing out is “Go Off”, which ironically builds a hook off the idea that “Mobb Deep fell off…”. While this EP isn’t the strongest material from P or the M-O-B-B, that argument is still up in the air.

Still, one can’t be mad at P for getting on his grind and releasing a free EP for the fans who’ve missed him for so long. Let’s just hope when that next official album comes – whether it be solo or with Havoc – it delivers on the promise.

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0 Responses to "Prodigy of Mobb Deep – "The Ellesworth Bumpy Johnson EP" – @@@1/2 (Review)"
  • TomL says:

    Never seen “Hoodlum”… looked like a corny gangsta flick

    This free EP was weak but lets see how he comes on the real joint

  • DJ Hector V says:

    I actually thought it was solid, the snippets are cool, and Prodigy’s mindset seems like he’s a changed man, at least we hope that he is now.
    The Black Devil track is dope!!

  • TomL says:

    Some of the beats were solid, but I am not yet sold on prodigy’s come back

  • Dirty Dee says:

    This ish was boooooring…he needs to get back to his original steelo…

  • Dayz says:

    Not sure what y’alls wanted but I was stoked after listening to this EP but I will agree with ya TomL that I am not totally sold on a huge comeback yet… This was a dope release tho don’t sleep on it!

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