Mobb Deep

Queens Bridge, New York, US
Artist / Band / Musician
Rap / Hip Hop

14 years is forever in the hip-hop lifecycle. Few hip-hop artist take claim to over a
decade of consistency under their resume. Even fewer can claim to have been able to
contribute classic material within that time span.
Shook Ones Pt.2 Survival of the fittest Hell On Earth Quiet Storm Burn
To the average eye, they read like song titles. To the student of hip-hop culture, they
read like chapters in the big book of hip-hop. Turn to page
2006 and you'll find the story of one of hip-hop musics most influential entities
aligning with one of the biggest forces in music to release their most talked about
project yet with Blood Money.
Blood Money marks the 7th release by Mobb Deep. This doesnt include solo efforts like
Prodigys critically acclaimed solo effort, H.N.I.C, in 2002 or
their made-for-the-streets mix-tape album. It does however signal a new
chapter in Havoc and Prodigys rise from New York City mainstays to international rap
Hip-Hop music has been good to Mobb Deep since both, Havoc and Prodigy, first met at New
York Citys Arts and Graphics High School in Manhattan.
Influenced by the golden era sounds of Run DMC, Rakim and The Juice Crew, Havoc and
Prodigy put pen to pad under the name the Poetical Profits, but soon changed their name
to reflect their reputation on the streets. Rolling deep with a mob of trouble makers,
the duos style of music reflected the harsh climate that was New York City in the early
late 80s/early 90s and Mobb Deep was born.
What originally started out as a group soon became a movement; furthermore a sound. The
movement started in 1993 with the release of their debut, Juvenile Hell. Powered by the
single Hit it from the Back, a then-teenage Havoc and Prodigy stood apart from their more
conscious counterparts by addressing a more aggressive style of hip-hop that echoed their
tough upbringing on New York notorious Queens Bridge Houses. But it was their 1994
classic, The Infamous, which secured Mobb Deeps stature as one of the most important acts
in hip hop. Guided by classic records like Shook One Pt.2and Survival Of The Fittest, the
album is perceived by many till this day, as the 1st album and established Havoc and
Prodigy as the premier duo of the 90s hip-hop scene. Two years later brought fourth, Hell
on Earth, a million plus seller that placed Prodigy as one of the most influential emcees
of his generation and Havoc as one of its most promising producers.
While Havoc flourished his production on classic albums by acts such as Nas (It was
Written), Foxy Brown (Ill Nana) and the late Notorious B.I.G. (Life After Death), Prodigy
was in the studio gearing up for the next Mobb follow-up over some of Havs works-in-
progress. The unintentional separation resulted in 1999s Quiet Storm (White lines), the
hit single off of the platinum-plus selling, Murda Muzik.
Going into the Y2K and beyond, Mobb Deep continued to release music that became the
soundtrack to the streets on a worldwide scale. Albums like 2002s, Infamy, and 2004s
Amerikaz Nightmare solidified Mobb Deeps stature as A-list hip hop product.Throughout the
years, Mobb Deeps music continues to influence many of todays acts with their brutal
depiction of street life and backdrops that paint the picture for the dark and sinister
state of mind that comes with inner city life. One of those undoubtedly influenced by the
Mobb sound is Queens resident, 50 Cent.
Since his re-introduction in 2001, 50 Cent has performed memorable freestyles over some
of Mobb Deeps key instrumentals. In 2002, 50 Cents use on Bump That- a Havoc solo record
was met with the kind of reception that prompted a remix that became yet another classic
under the Mobb belt. 50 and the Mobb reunited again in 2004 on the unreleased cut Clap
Those Things and again on the Havoc produced Ain't No Click off Lloyd Banks platinum
seller, Beg for Mercy. This was the beginning of what now seemed inevitable.
Four years into his success 50 Cent, along with G-Unit, continue to use Mobb Deeps music
as platform to unleash some of their most memorable music unto the streets. After
fulfilling commitments to their previous label, the Mobb became free agents in 2004. The
first call came from 50 Cent himself and within days, the most significant sound in 50s
style of music is now signed to G-Unit Records.
We were like thats it. It was the perfect move. recalls Havoc on the day 50 personally
made the call. We did crazy songs before we even inked the deal. It was a perfect fit.
Blood Money will feature G-Unit members Young Buck (Give It To Me), Lloyd banks (You Cant
Get With This), Tony Yayo (Night Rider) and 50 Cent (Pearly Gates and Creep) over the
Mobbs signature sound: aggressive, mesmerizing and innovative.
For the first time in the respective careers the Mobb have gone outside the norm for
production duties. Joining Havoc on Blood Money are G-Unit's own Sha Money XL, Mobb
affiliate, The Alchemist, up-and-comer Jonathan "JR" Rotem (50 Cent, Fabolous, Snoop
Dogg) and legendary producer, Dr. Dre. The most sought after producer in music adapted
to the Mobbs haunting sound for the infectious Nightmares. It was crazy. says Havoc
about finally working with the greatest hip-hop producer of all time, Dr. Dre. You get to
see a genius at work. He is actually making beats after all these years. Coming from
producers stand point, thats an inspiration to me. Its that inspiration that encouraged
Havoc to create some of his best tracks to date as he provided Blood Money with 70
percent of the albums production.
Another track that sure to earn a strong word of mouth is the controversial, Pearly
Gates, a track that finds Prodigy unleashing some of his most powerful lyrics to date.
This is how I felt. says Prodigy about the rhymes many will deem as blasphemy. Ive been
through enough to where Ive earned the right to speak what I spoke.
With a loyal fan base already in place, the Mobb is looking to upgrade their audience
with the association of G-Unit, one of the most powerful brands in hip hop today. We
made a mark in the game. As an artist, you want to be able to reach the furthest audience
as you can. We put in hard work on our previous albums and still hit our core fan base.
The difference this time around is that more people will hear this product this time.
Contrary to popular belief, the Mobb sound will not be changing as they aim to take their
music towards a wider audience. This is not a new Mobb Deep.
declares Havoc. For us to look at it is a re-introduction would mean that were erasing
our past and erasing our history and thats too important.
Weve built something that shows what it takes to be here for the long run.
Some of our fans are aspiring artists. Mobb Deep is here for a reason: to show that you
can be here for a long time.
Blood Money will solidify Mobb Deeps stature as hip-hop musics premier duo.
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