The Golden Era of hip hop got considerably darker when Queensbridge duo, Mobb Deep, dropped their hard-hitting album ‘The Infamous’. Gritty, uncensored and raw, it reflected life on the streets of New York and the day to day struggle Havoc and Prodigy were facing. Regularly referred to as “hardcore rap” by critics, the combination of dark, paranoid beats and explicit lyrics would ironically bring the duo commercial success, as they plunged listeners into the Queensbridge underworld, leaving nothing to the imagination.
As the duo’s second LP, ‘The Infamous’ was not only a defining album for Mobb Deep, it was a defining album for hip hop, released at a time when classics were being dropped left, right and centre. With solid production which absorbed New York’s urban atmosphere, singles like ‘Survival Of The Fittest’ and ‘Shook Ones Pt II’ exposed the reality of the ghetto, with tales of gang warfare and revenge keeping you gripped like a cinematic crime thriller. Featuring guest appearances from the likes of Q-Tip Nas and Ghostface Killah, ‘The Infamous’ also brought together some of New York’s finest MCs, strengthening the city’s reputation as a mean city which stood toe to toe with L.A. But it’s how Havoc and Prodigy portrayed their environment which makes ‘The Infamous’ truly standout, however, delivering a realistic and credible depiction of life on the street, seen through the eyes of two young, hungry MCs.
Listen to ‘The Infamous’ in full below and read on for our competition:
This Sunday Mobb Deep arrive in Glasgow for ‘The Infamous’ 20th anniversary tour, celebrating twenty years since the landmark album was released. Performing at the O2ABC, we have two tickets to giveaway which you can win by simply heading over to the SynthGlasgow Facebook and typing ‘Mobb Deep – The Infamous’ on the wall. We’ll select a winner at random this Saturday afternoon and notify you shortly after. Please be sure to check the T&Cs below.
Terms & Conditions: Please note that this prize is for two places on the guestlist for Mobb Deep ‘The Infamous’ Anniversary Tour at the O2ABC on Sunday 10th May. There will be one winner. The competition closes at 5pm on Saturday 9th May and the winner will be notified via Facebook comment (please check your Facebook in the hours following the closure of the competition. The winner must be 18 years or older. After we have passed on the winner’s details to the event organisers we then pass on responsibility for entry on the night.