Mobb Deep plus The Lox, laced with a Biggie sample would’ve been 1996’s wet dream. Two of New York’s most esteemed crews join for “All A Dream,” reminiscing over the far-removed glory days. Tales of the good life are spun, and when it seems too good to be true, each emcee wakes up and realizes that it was, indeed, real life. And if we’re to decide a winner here, my vote goes to Styles P.
Reflecting on their respective music, The Lox were lyrically superior with their fierce word play and punch lines, while Mobb Deep had that dark, storytelling take-you-there ability that could be matched by few. They’re from the same region, but they each have two very distinct styles and it makes for an enjoyable, albeit lengthy record, decades past their prime.
You can stream Mobb Deep’s 20th anniversary release, The Infamous Mobb Deep, over at Pandora now (click here). The double disc hits shelves April 8th.