Mobb Deep Overview
Mobb Deep is an American United States hip hop hip hop music duo from Queens, New York New York City , USA,that
Havoc and Prodigy started rhyming in the late 1980s when they met at the High School of Art and Design in New York City. Havoc took the role of producer and secondary MC, while Prodigy assumed the position of primary MC. Originally dubbing themselves the Poetical Profits, the duo later changed its name to Mobb Deep in order to "reflect their reputation on the streets."
When Havoc and Prodigy were 17, they released their debut album as Mobb Deep, called Juvenile Hell, which was led by the single "Peer Pressure Peer Pressure (song) ." The album sold poorly and was met with harsh reviews that dismissed the duo as just another hardcore group with little to distinguish it from the rest of the hip-hop world, despite production by DJ Premier and Large Professor. However, a few songs from Juvenile Hell gained a little recognition, such as "Hit It from the Back," "Locked in Spofford," and "Me and My Crew." Also in 1993, Havoc had a guest appearance on the critically acclaimed Black Moon Black Moon (band) album Enta Da Stage, on a song called "U Da Man."
Rise to success
Mobb Deep catapulted to the top of the hardcore hip-hop scene through Havoc and Prodigy's straightforward narration of street life. Mobb Deep portrayed the struggles of living in New York City's Queensbridge Houses. Following its release, The Infamous became one of the most influential albums of the East Coast hardcore hip-hop genre. The duo's production stood out, as the beats were often hard-hitting and direct—a testament to Havoc, who produced the tracks almost exclusively throughout Mobb Deep's career. Furthermore, the smash hit single "Shook Ones Pt. II" received critical acclaim and was well-received within the hip-hop community. Mobb Deep's third album, Hell on Earth Hell on Earth (album) was released in 1996, debuting at number six on the Billboard album chart Billboard charts . The album continued the duo's portrayal of harsh street life, while further pushing them to the forefront of the hardcore hip-hop scene, along with contemporary East Coast rappers like The Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan collective, Jay-Z, and fellow Queensbridge associate Nas.
In 1998, the duo collaborated with reggae dancehall rapper Bounty Killer on the track "Deadly Zone" for the soundtrack to Blade Blade (film) . In 1999, they released the highly anticipated Murda Muzik album. Despite extensive bootlegging copyright infringement (nearly 30 songs of unreleased material leaked onto the Internet) and countless delays, the album debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and quickly received platinum RIAA certification certification—further highlighted by the po***r single "Quiet Storm Quiet Storm (song) ." Shortly afterward, Prodigy released his long-awaited solo album H.N.I.C H.N.I.C. (album) , in which the MC collaborated with other artists (B.G. B.G. (rapper) and N.O.R.E.) and producers (including The Alchemist The Alchemist (producer) , Rockwilder, and Just Blaze).
Mobb Deep released Infamy Infamy (album) in 2001. The song "Burn Burn (Mobb Deep song) " (featuring Vita Vita (rapper) ) was perceived as a response to Jay-Z's diss song wikt:diss song on The Blueprint, as was "Crawlin'," in which Prodigy's two verses both mention Jay-Z. The album marked a major stylistic change in which the duo moved away from raw, minimalist, stripped-down beats and toward more commercial fare with such songs as "Hey Luv (Anything)." This transition fostered accusations of "selling out"—upsetting many long-time fans who did not wish to see them veer away from their original style.
Although these stylistic adjustments opened up Mobb Deep to a wider audience, many critics and fans consider Prodigy's feud with Jay-Z as a detriment to Mobb Deep's gangsta image and record sales (most evident when comparing the platinum-selling Murda Muzik to Infamy, which struggled to attain gold-record gold record status).
In 2003, the group split with Loud Records and released Free Agents: The Murda Mix Tape, in which Havoc and Prodigy proclaimed themselves "free agents" and addressed the group's split with its old label and its search for a new label. Jive Records signed the duo later in the year through a deal with the group’s own imprint. Mobb Deep then released Amerikaz Nightmare in 2004, which was seen by the general hip-hop audience as a weaker release, resulting in poor sales and the group’s subsequent departure from the label. Today, as a result of various mergers, all Mobb Deep's studio albums from 1995 / 2004 are owned by Sony Music Entertainment.*Juvenile Hell (1993)
*The Infamous (1995)
*Hell on Earth Hell on Earth (album) (1996)
*Murda Muzik (1999)
*Infamy Infamy (album) (2001)
*Amerikaz Nightmare (2004)
*Blood Money Blood Money (Mobb Deep album) (2006)
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