Prodigy - Product of the 80's

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Prodigy logs in his third solid release in just two years - an impressive feat indeed. But it's clear on this outing that the production is doing most of the work

Has any fall from grace been as well-documented in Hip Hop as Prodigy's [click to read]? DMX is sure trying to claim that particular throne, but the point remains - Prodigy hasn't been the same since circa 2001. Whether you attribute it to Jay-Z, [click to read] a general decline in skill, or countless other possible factors, P went from one of the greats to the emcee of yesteryear. So when he released 2007's surprisingly solid Return of the Mac [click to read] and 2008's H.N.I.C. pt. 2 [click to read], fans were shown that the Queensbridge emcee had something left in the tank. With Product of the 80's, his third solo outing in the past two years, Prodigy aims to drive that point home.

The majority of the production on Product of the 80's is handled by Sid Roams, a two-man team Joey Chavez and Tavish "Bravo" Graham. Eleven of 15 tracks are handled by the duo, and Jake One [click to read] chimes in for two others, creating an extremely cohesive experience. As one would expect, the musical palette ranges from dark, eerie and ominous to aggressive and high-charged. Check the stabbing synths on