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Still so much to discover in those lyrics and still adaptable in my 42 yr old life as it was when I was 14. The kings of the East Coast sound had a perfect blend of dark soul, low swung swing and all pervading menace as well, of course, as some super hard bars. As a production unit and a rap troupe, the pair displayed know-how and insight well beyond their years, making it easy to forget that both Havoc and Prodigy were in their late teens in 1993 when Juvenile Hell was released. Raw, unrelenting, and overtly-confident, Juvenile Hell was the infant stages of what would be defined as the Queensbridge Sound—grimy street narratives over cold, sonorous production underpinned with bravado and melancholy. From Survival of the Fittest, Give Up The Goods (Just Step), Right Back At You and Eye For an Eye all are Mobb at their best with some notable features from Nas, Raekwon, Ghost and QB affiliate Big Noyd.
Mobb Deep redefined East Coast hip hop in the early 90s with their release Juvenile Hell and the break-out follow up The Infamous.
Their music is characterised by dark samples, the drums, snares and bass are defined and the raw lyrics are of a very high standard, in the most competitive era in rap history. Prodigy's sad death in 2017 due to a long and cruel illness only has amplified an already existing legacy. The album Swimming arrived on the heels of his previously released tracks Small Worlds, Self Care and What's The Use? Lee Gomez aka Wipe The Needle has produced these beats, which are all new, but the vocals will be recognised to hip hop heads. One of the cornerstones of the New York hardcore movement, The Infamous is Mobb Deep's masterpiece, a relentlessly bleak song cycle that's been hailed by hardcore Rap fans as one of the most realistic gangsta albums ever recorded.
is the albums crown jewel, from the moment the hi hat and snare combo drops it still has the same impact today as it did in 1995. The prodigious pair were keenly aware of their career stage and brought in established producers to help aid the album, namely DJ Premier on the minimal, angst-filled thumper “Peer Pressure” and Large Professor whose remix of said track gave it an extra shot in the arm.
Similarly, there's little pleasure or relief offered in the picture of the streets Mobb Deep paint here. This fresh 7" takes the album's lead single 'Peer Pressure', and switches the B-side from the original 92 pressings' LP closer 'Flavor for the Non Believes' out for the endlessly iconic banger 'Bitch Ass Nigga'.
It marked Mobb Deep's transition from a relatively unknown Rap duo to an influential and commercially successful one. It marked Mobb Deep's transition from a relatively unknown rap duo to an influential and commercially successful one. Review: Easily riding the hypewave of their infamous album The Infamous, Mobb Deep (Prodogy and Havoc) released the almost hilariously identical follow-up album 'Infamy', still to critical acclaim, on December 11th 2001. This is hard, underground hip hop that demands to be met on it's own terms, with few melodic hooks to draw the listener in.It features guest spots from Grian Chatten, Lianne La Havas, Confucius MC, assia and Kevin Abstract.