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    Mobb Deep - "Drink Away The Pain"

    Producer: Q-Tip

    For its dark subject matter–drinking to numb depression–Mobb Deep's "Drink Away The Pain" is curiously light, a woozy approximation of the feeling of drunkenness moreso than a morose meditation. This sense of hazy motion teeters out of Q-Tip's production: Loose, echoey, and employing a sample of Bernie Maupin's saxophone from the Headhunters' "I Remember I Made You Cry," in turns comical and mournful. It's a creative counterpoint to the Mobb's personification of liquor as an enticing siren in a too-harsh world.