• Record Label: Koch
  • Release Date: Mar 27, 2007
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. What it is is the announcement of a stunning and unexpected late-career renaissance; Prodigy is tapping back into the fearsome frustration that once drove him.
  2. The main draw here is in Prodigy rediscovering his way with words.
  3. Even if this is familiar ground, an album so tight in theme and feel is refreshing in an era where most lyricists invite anybody and everybody.
  4. He's doing something he hasn't done in years: approaching each concept, no matter how trite or overdone, as if it's his first time, surprising himself as much as he surprises us, and in the same breath.
  5. "Return of the Mac" is everything that "Blood Money" should have been and wasn't.
  6. 70
    [A] ceaselessly grim set. [Apr 2007, p.118]
  7. Mixtapes can be sloppy and scattered, but every Alchemist beat on Return of the Mac works - so well, in fact, that with a little more effort, this could have been an actual album worthy of heavy promotion and radio edits.
  8. He has found a great way to rebound: by going solo and getting weird. [26 Mar 2007]
  9. 70
    There are crackles of life in his leaden thug poetry. [Apr 2007, p.128]
  10. I’m happy to hear Prodigy sounding engaged and excited again, even if the quality of his lyricism doesn’t match his newfound enthusiasm.
  11. Return of the Mac presents a more refined and progressive Prodigy than the one we heard on Blood Money, but there’s no indication that Hell on Earth‘s Prodigy will be heard from anytime soon.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. mikes.
    May 8, 2007
    7
    a good old school album. Prodigy and the mc do a good job providing a nostalgia mood.
  2. NateL
    May 1, 2007
    8
    Modern hip-hop's tales of gangsters and gunplay have recently saturated the rap scene. Many times with dissapointing results. However, Modern hip-hop's tales of gangsters and gunplay have recently saturated the rap scene. Many times with dissapointing results. However, the veteran MC, and Mobb Deep capo, Prodigy, and and the equally legendary producer Alchemist make the most of old soul samples and bragadocious gangster talk. Full Review »