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Mobb Deep’s Infamous 20 Years Later is Still 1 of Hip-Hop’s Grittiest Classics (Food For Thought)

In the late 1980s, artists like Just-Ice, ScHoolly D, the Geto Boys, N.W.A., Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, and Public Enemy started testing the power of their words, profane and dense alike. The human condition was explored, and Hip-Hop planted a flag in the ground that stated—to quote Ice... Read more

Fabolous Needs to Do an Album With Havoc. Listen to Him WRECK This Mobb Deep Track (Audio)

Over the last several weeks, there have been a slew of artists dropping freestyles over classic 90s Hip-Hop beats, but Fabolous has been the author of some of the very best. Two weeks ago, he set the internet on fire with is explosion over Mobb Deep's "Shook Ones Pt. II."... Read more

Fabolous Jumps on Mobb Deep’s Shook Ones II and Goes Berserk (Audio)

What is it about Mobb Deep's Shook Ones II instrumental that brings out the best in MCs? Prodigy and Havoc's original version is an enduring classic and, of course, the track also elicited Kendrick Lamar's epic 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher. Now, Fabolous has chosen the track as the... Read more

Action Bronson Rips the Mic So Hard He Loses His Headphones on This Freestyle (Video)

"I'm gonna keep it official today. Yo, this boy Action Broson is the nicest in the game right now." That was Funkmaster Flex's response after Action Bronson ripped a freestyle so hard that he lost his headphones halfway through. Technical difficulties didn't stop the action man, though. He did the... Read more

Cormega Confirms 2015 EP, Produced Entirely By Mobb Deep’s Havoc

Following 2014's critically-acclaimed Mega Philosophy album by Cormega (now available on colored 2LP vinyl), it appears as though the Queens, New York veteran MC is well underway into a follow-up. Yesterday (January 14), 'Mega announced, via Twitter, that he is currently planning his first EP, produced entirely by Havoc, of... Read more

Ice-T Gives Mobb Deep An Amazing Interview, From Police To Hip-Hop (Audio)

Did you know that Ice-T is one of the biggest Mobb Deep Heads out? The O.G. is a big fan of the M-O-B-B. If you didn't know, it becomes abundantly clear in this recent Final Level Podcast episode (#24). Ice welcomes Prodigy and Havoc into his sponsored podcast. Joined by... Read more

Mobb Deep Finishes Out 2014 Stronger Than The Last Several Years (Video)

After a rocky chapter in the 2010s, Mobb Deep's 2014 has been more illustrious than infamous—and that's great. Prodigy and Havoc celebrated their past with a stellar deluxe edition packaging of The Infamous Mobb Deep, unearthing some studio gems that Heads never got to own. With Havoc's cocking back his... Read more

Havoc Offers Up All Of 13: Reloaded For Perusal (Album Stream)

Havoc took 2013's 13, and went back and made some adjustments for the digital release, 13: Reloaded. The Mobb Deep music mercenary brought Prodigy, Cormega, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, and Mysonne out for 14 tracks about grim street life, rising the ranks through the Rap industry, as he says, "it's all... Read more

Havoc & Sheek Louch Never Stopped Representing That Sound & Their City (Audio)

Mobb Deep's discography spans back before Juvenile Hell, to the duo's days as Poetic Prophets, stopping through the Stretch & Bobbito Show. After nearly 25 years, look no further than this year's The Infamous Mobb Deep to see that even with some bumps in the road, the Mobb vehicle is... Read more

Havoc Makes A Charged Solo Cut With Those Hard Mobb Deep Drums (Video)

Havoc uses some hard, natural percussion to reintroduce his solo status in "Dirt Call." Presented in short film format, the visual finds Hav' goin' deep into the basement, flippin' his hat back, and zoning into that Infamy flow. Isn't it great to see and hear Havoc having fun again? This... Read more

Alchemist Digs in the Vault for Some Unreleased Mobb Deep Music (Audio)

Drake is not the only one celebrating his birthday this weekend by releasing new music. Alchemist turned 37 today and dug in his vaults to unearth this previously unreleased Mobb Deep gem. Check out "Biology." Related: It’s No Dream… Mobb Deep & The LOX Are Living Lush (Video)... Read more

Finding The GOAT: Big Boi vs. Prodigy…Who You Got?

As we continue the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time), we are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups in a sequence not... Read more

Do Remember: A Great Day In Harlem (Hip-Hop Version, 1998)

This week, the esteemed veteran music and culture journalist Michael A. Gonzalez penned a piece for Red Bull Music Academy about September 29, 1998. The day, deemed by XXL magazine "The Greatest Day In Hip-Hop History," was built around a tribute to Art Kane's 1958 photograph, "A Great Day In... Read more

AZ, Freeway, Havoc & Kids These Days’ Macie Stewart Bolster A-Villa’s Message (Audio)

Chicago's A-Villa is a Closed Sessions producer coming up on the scene. Like anybody behind the boards, he's likely dreamed of big concepts, executed by lyrical giants. That dream is a reality on "Day In The Life." AZ Tha Visualiza, Havoc, Freeway, and Macie Stewart (Kids These Days) punctuate the... Read more

Your Old Droog & Prodigy Welcome September As Hoodie Weather (Audio)

Your Old Droog has been an Internet Rap sensation, almost entirely on his own two feet. As some Heads speculated that the long-faceless MC was possibly an MF DOOM/Bumpy Knuckles-styled side project for Nas (with New York City underground Hip-Hop community members previously waving off reports), video footage appeared ,... Read more

Capone-N-Noreaga Talk Chasing Fame With Big L, Say AZ Stole Sugar Hill (Video)

Capone-N-Noreaga always give incredible interviews, together and apart. 'Pone and N.O.R.E hit Power 105's The Breakfast Club this week, to talk some history. Forever animated, the Queens duo talks fighting each other (just one time, physically, for the record), how N.O. feels Capone's prison pick-up tops Suge Knight's, and how... Read more

AFH: The Week in Video (8/3/14) (Video Playlist)

This week in video brought new visuals from Scarface & Akon, The Lox & Mobb Deep, Apollo Brown and REKS, a dramatic reading from Warren G, freestyles from Taylor Bennett (Chance the Rapper's brother) and Vic Mensa, a preview of The Simpsons vs. The Family Guy and more. Check out... Read more

It’s No Dream… Mobb Deep & The LOX Are Living Lush (Video)

Fifteen years after Mobb Deep and Nas brought out the Scarface-inspired cigarette racing boats and island grandeur in "It's Mine," Prodigy and Havoc invite Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch to a Northeast mansion party in "All A Dream." The Notorious B.I.G.-sampling single from The Infamous Mobb Deep album features... Read more

Celebrate A Decade Of The Alchemist’s Audio Evolution (Mixtape)

Although his sounds are versatile, Alchemist's status in Hip-Hop spans nearly 20 years. The Beverly Hills High School alum (classmates with Step Brothers partner Evidence) has since put in major work with the likes of Eminem, Lil Wayne, Infamous Mobb, Cam'ron, Screwball, Jadakiss, Bumpy Knuckles, Nas, Roc Marciano, and a... Read more

Ghostface Killah Joins Mobb Deep on !llmind’s Remix to Dirt (Audio)

Ghostface Killah jumps on the remix to Mobb Deep's "Dirt" and makes it even grimier. !llmind holds down the menacing production. Check it out. Related: Mobb Deep & Big Noyd Come Back Together On A Rich Soundscape (Audio)... Read more

Listen to the Best Hip-Hop of April Including Scarface, The Roots, KRS-One, Big K.R.I.T., J. Cole, Mos Def & More (Audio Playlist)

April brought the heat in Hip-Hop, including new music featuring Scarface, KRS-One, The Roots, 50 Cent, Big K.R.I.T., J. Cole, Mos Def & Marvin Gaye, Pharoahe Monch, Big L & Fat Joe, Da Brat, Daz Dillinger, Slum Village & Black Milk, Rapsody, Chance the Rapper, Mobb Deep and much more.... Read more

Mobb Deep & Big Noyd Come Back Together On A Rich Soundscape (Audio)

Outside of their new Infamous Mobb Deep album, M-O-B-B has been sitting on a cut for the Heads. Produced by, and released through DJ Jean Maron (who is just on a roll lately), "Itinerary" unites Prodigy and Havoc with their original protege, Big Noyd. With a smooth, oft-messed with sample... Read more

50 Cent, Styles P & Prodigy Bring Back Those Gritty New York Rap Videos, With A Sideshow (Video)

50 Cent's content swarm continues. "Chase The Paper" finds G-Unit and D-Block seemingly at peace, with Styles P's Animal Ambitions contributions. Although S.P. is not in the video, Fif shows his vision alongside Prodigy and Kidd Kidd. Three icons of late '90s, early 2000s New York Hip-Hop come together talking... Read more

Vado, Prodigy & Chinx Drugs Kick Some Cocky Raps Over An Old Eagles Record (Audio)

Vado is gearing up to release his We The Best Entertainment debut. The Harlem veteran teams up with The Coke Boyz' Chinx Drugs and Mobb Deep's Prodigy for "Zoo Muzik." The cut looks at the animal instincts and animal ambitions (word to 50 Cent) of the streets. P raps "The... Read more

Here’s a Dark New Track from Mobb Deep. You Know the Outcome (Audio)

Here's a new song from Mobb Deep off DJ Whoo Kid's upcoming mixtape, The Elevation, Vol. 2. Check out The Outcome. Related: Here’s an Alternate Take of Mobb Deep’s Eye For an Eye Featuring Nas, Rae & Ghost (Audio)... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop to Drop in March 2014 (Audio)

As we ease our way into April, here's a playlist of the best Hip-Hop to drop in March. You'll hear new music from Jay Z, Jay Electronica, Wu-Tang Clan, Crooked I, The Lox, Mobb Deep, Jon Connor, Devin the Dude, Big K.R.I.T., Nitty Scott, MC, Kendrick Lamar, YG, 50 Cent,... Read more

Here’s an Alternate Take of Mobb Deep’s Eye For an Eye Featuring Nas, Rae & Ghost (Audio)

Think you've heard Mobb Deep's Eye for an Eye? Think again...Here's an alternate mix that sports a different track, different verses from Havoc, Prodigy and Raekwon, and some bars from Ghostface Killah. Though it has different elements, it has all the grit and grime of the original. This is from... Read more

Mobb Deep Give Gritty Insight Into Life on Their Block (Audio)

Mobb Deep's deluxe re-packaging of their classic, The Infamous, hit stores today. They've included several stellar bonus cuts with the re-release, including My Block, produced by up and coming hit maker Kaytranada, which you can hear below. Check it out and you can pick up the entire bonus album at... Read more

Prodigy Kicks A Funkmaster Flex Freestyle Over An Odd Future Gem (Video)

Mobb Deep's Prodigy has made millions off of his verses, for over 20 years. The Queens MC/author stopped by Funkmaster Flex's HOT 97 show 19 years after both Mobb members appeared on the gold-certified 60 Minutes Of Funk, Vol. 1. The self-proclaimed H.N.I.C. appears to come off the dome, with... Read more

Here’s Mobb Deep’s First Ever Full Collaboration with The Lox (Audio)

Mobb Deep have released their first ever full collaboration with The Lox. As if that weren't enough, they loop Biggie on the chorus. Check out All a Dream. Related: Mobb Deep & Big Noyd’s 1994 Version Update Of MC Shan’s Classic Is Liberated (Audio)... Read more

Mobb Deep & Big Noyd’s 1994 Version Update Of MC Shan’s Classic Is Liberated (Audio)

The Bridge Wars were very real. Most Heads know about the Juice Crew vs. Boogie Down Productions main event featuring MC Shan, Marley Marl, Roxanne Shante and more versus KRS-One, Scott La Rock, Just-Ice, DJ Kenny Parker and others. However, throughout the late '80s and early '90s, other artists were... Read more

Catch The Snippets & Full Stream To Prodigy & Havoc’s Throwback Album The Infamous Mobb Deep (Audio)

On April 1st, Prodigy & Havoc are releasing The Infamous Mobb Deep. The album will be Mobb Dizzle's first full-length release since 2006's G-Unit one-off, Blood Money. Additionally, the carefully-titled LP also includes some unreleased material recorded from 1994 and 1995, for the duo's cult-championed masterpiece, The Infamous. The two... Read more

Mobb Deep Makes a Legendary North/South Connection with Bun B & Juicy J (Audio)

Mobb Deep teams up with Bun B and Juicy J to form a strong North/South connection over a Boi-1da track. This is 4 O.G.s going to work on a banger. Check out Legendary. Related: Catch The Snippets To Prodigy & Havoc’s Throwback Album The Infamous Mobb Deep (Audio)... Read more

Did Mobb Deep Get Infamous By Design On Say Something? (Audio)

Mobb Deep has a challenge ahead of them. Prodigy and Havoc are releasing (April 1st's The Infamous Mobb Deep) some never before heard 1994 and 1995 recordings, of The Infamous era. Arguably Mobb's best stride as far as influencing other acts and connecting with a New York Hip-Hop renaissance worldwide,... Read more

Mobb Deep Have Chinese Food With a Side of Murder in the Video for Taking You Off Here (Video)

Mobb Deep's video for Taking You Off Here is a short film where the duo decides what to do with a potential enemy, over a meal of Chinese food. It's not a happy ending. Check it out. Related: Prodigy Confirms Mobb Deep’s First Ever Full-Out Collaboration With The LOX (Video)... Read more

Prodigy Confirms Mobb Deep’s First Ever Full-Out Collaboration With The LOX (Video)

Prodigy sat in on Sway In The Morning this week. Sway, Reef, Heather B, and DJ Wonder played some joints they brought to the table for some listener A&R. To kick things off is the Tragedy Khadafi & JuJu (of The Beatnuts) track ("Thriller"). Those who know their Queens history... Read more

Alchemist Gets Together With Prodigy, Roc Marciano & Budgie & Looks To The Afterlife (Audio)

From Alchemist's Southern California lab, he's built quite an incredible lyrical ensemble. Guys like Roc Marciano, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Domo Genesis, Fashawn, and Planet Asia are frequent passers through, in addition to ALC's longtime core collaborators Prodigy, Dilated Peoples, and Big Twin. Some of those worlds collided in style,... Read more

Bun B & Prodigy Link With Remy Banks & Charlie RED Over A Hitmen-Certified Beat (Audio)

Puffy's Hitmen were one of Hip-Hop's few examples of a hit factory. Mirrored after the producers, songwriters, and session musicians that drove the hit singles for labels like Motown, Stax, and Atco Records, this is something that's expensive and time-consuming. In other words, you'd better have a studio with many... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of Some of the Best Hip-Hop to Drop in January 2014 (Audio)

Before we get too deep into February, here's a look back at some of the best Hip-Hop to drop in January 2014. After a slow start, we got new music from Phonte, Talib Kweli, Elzhi, Schoolboy Q, Yasiin Bey (pka Mos Def), Phife, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Pete Rock, Astro,... Read more

Feel Like Fighting After That Wack Super Bowl? M.O.P. & Mobb Deep Got You Covered (Audio)

The Super Bowl was wack. What way to take out some unreleased aggression than a new collabo from M.O.P. and Mobb Deep? Check out Street Certified. Props on the spot: 2DBZ Related: DJ Kay Slay Unifies Members Of Wu-Tang Clan, LOX, Mobb Deep, Capone-N-Noreaga & M.O.P. To Honor The ’90s... Read more

Here’s a New Mobb Deep Track From the Upcoming Infamous Deluxe Album (Audio)

As we previously reported, Mobb Deep is releasing a deluxe version of their album the Infamous to commemorate its 20th anniversary. The album will have 2 discs, with disc 2 featuring previously unreleased tracks from the Infamous recording sessions, as well as some new tracks. Here's one of those new... Read more

Mobb Deep Will Release Unheard Infamous Verses By Nas, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon & N.O.R.E.

So often with classic albums, what was released was almost everything that was recorded. In 2014, it's often hard to imagine that there's much that hasn't leaked over time, with all the deluxe reissues and bootlegs. Mobb Deep is proving this wrong. During the 1994 recording of Prodigy and Havoc's... Read more

DJ Kay Slay Unifies Members Of Wu-Tang Clan, LOX, Mobb Deep, Capone-N-Noreaga & M.O.P. To Honor The ’90s (Audio)

DJ Kay Slay has a deep network, in and out of New York City. From his appearance in Style Wars to his longtime Thursday night show on HOT 97, the Uptown DJ has fought to keep his city rugged. That quest is ongoing on "90s Flow," which features Ghostface Killah,... Read more

Mobb Deep Dusts Off An Infamy Classic For A Mack Wilds Remix With French Montana (Audio)

While everybody is stuck on The Infamous, Hell On Earth, and Murda Muzik, Mobb Deep's fifth album, Infamy remains pretty tight. The last Loud Records effort featured Big Noyd and The Infamous Mobb close, with some of Havoc's best work. One cut that still gets "Burn" is the track of... Read more

Havoc Makes The Mobb Deep Sounds Available For Producers To Purchase

Mobb Deep's Havoc is a lethal producer. "One of the best producers on the mic," to quote Diamond D, Hav has laced tracks for Nas, Eminem, 50 Cent, Big Noyd, Cormega and a bunch of others over the last 20 years. Many would contest that Hav's best work behind the... Read more

Tragedy Khadafi Freestyles Over Drop A Gem On ‘Em (Audio)

History sometimes forgets. Tragedy Khadafi, by way of 25 To Life, was indeed part of the East-West Coast beef. A descendant of the Juice Crew, the Intelligent Hoodlum remains one of Marley Marl's last great proteges. So understanding the "L.A., L.A." subtext, it's tongue-in-cheek to see Traj hop on the... Read more

Havoc – Eyes Open ft Twista (Video)

Havoc has enjoyed a nice year with his 13 album. One of the mid-to-late 1990s' greatest producer/MC keeps prolific in and out of Mobb Deep work. One collaboration that fits quite nicely is this Twista-assisted "Eyes Open." Hav laces the track which hits the mid-tempo zone perfect for the leader... Read more

Troy Ave – New York City ft Raekwon, N.O.R.E. & Prodigy

Anybody who's followed Troy Ave's movement knows that he is a 2010s contemporary of the '95 era in his city. While all three guests predate 1995 in various works, albums and appearances, the theme of "New York" captures the city's essence (to the street underbelly) that may have been lost... Read more

Mobetta – Daydreams ft Prodigy (Video)

Infamous Jazz happens, as Maurice "Mobetta" Brown continues his post-Grammy Award winning run. After rocking with Jean Grae on "Back At The Ranch," Mobetta returns with another once-prodigious (no pun) talent out of the Big Apple. The Tedeschi Trucks Band member links with Mobb Deep's Prodigy for the club-centric video... Read more

Prodigy & Alchemist – Back & Forth (Video)

I remember hearing "Keep It Thoro" for the first time and just wondering who could have possibly made that beat. Enter: The Alchemist. While around on Mobb Deep's seething fourth LP, Murda Muzik, P and Al built chemistry to last careers on H.N.I.C. Fresh off the strength of Albert Einstein,... Read more