Amerikaz Nightmare

Despite a label change, Mobb Deep remains true to its grimy self on this, the act's sixth studio set. The Queens, N.Y.

Despite a label change, Mobb Deep remains true to its grimy self on this, the act's sixth studio set. The Queens, N.Y., duo—Havoc and Prodigy—introduces the album with lead single "Got It Twisted." Produced by the Alchemist, the track's haunting, synth-driven musical bed is postcard perfect for the pair's drop-fierce verses, some of which are directed at new labelmates. The album also contains a remix of the single featuring Twista. Mobb Deep gets crunk on the Lil Jon-produced "Real Gangstaz." This is an infectious affair that treads the fine line between the group's hardcore leanings and the producer's anthemic sensibilities. Other highlights include "Win or Lose" and "When You Hear The." One of the set's flaws is that it's too one-dimensional. While Mobb Deep fanatics will embrace "Amerikaz Nightmare," passing hip-hop fans may crave a bit more diversity.—RH