Like DJ Screw's 3 'n the Mornin' series of CDs from the mid-'90s, which illustrates his unique method of slowing down his records to a hallucinatory blur, All Work, No Play operates similarly. The mix focuses on Screw's Houston camp of rappers (the Screwed Up Click), including tracks by Mobb Figgas, Hardheadz, and Lil' Keke, who proves to be the album's obvious superstar. Overall, a better album than the two 3 'n the Mornin' albums in terms of mixing, though the fact that 3 'n the Mornin', Vol. 1 featured major hits by nationally recognized artists may appeal to some listeners more, depending on how much you enjoy Southern rap.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier