It's an age old formula. Jose Canseco managed to convince the Oakland Athletics to sign his less talented brother, Ozzie. Ozzie ultimately flopped, but he wasn't without his positives. From the Canseco brothers to the Bravehearts, to D-12, we can see a trend where the more talented, already successful person uses their clout to secure contracts for their less talented and unsuccessful peers. In the case of the Infamous Mobb, Prodigy is the culprit. P has obviously used his influence to somehow get his 'dunns' a distribution deal over at Landspeed Records.
Since an appearance on Mobb Deep's "Hell on Earth" LP, Godfather, Gambino and Ty Nitty have let it be known that they rep the same Queensbridge projects as Nas, Nore, and other rap heavyweights. Needless to say, the have some big shoes to fill, especially when this is their debut album.
There are some definite standout tracks on this album, songs like "Mobb Niggaz", and "B.I.G. T.W.I.N.S.", showcase the trio pretty solidly, even if their content is pretty dry and repetitive. Somehow, someway, (see Prodigy) the Infamous Mobb managed to enlist the services of the Alchemist to both executively produce the album and lay down most of the beats for "Special Edition", and we all know that Al doesn't disappoint.
Here's the bottom line. The Infamous Mobb is not exploring any new rap territory. They flow nicely and sound alright over Alchemist, but who wouldn't? There are definitely some gems on here, and this album is worth the dough, as long as you are not expecting some sort of "Disposable Arts"-ish lyrical masterpiece. Just like Ozzie Canseco, or D-12, IM3 are not without their positives, pick up the album for the beats alone, and enjoy the listen, just check your brain at the door.