Havoc-Separated (Real From The Fake)

It first broke into the newstream a little while back, but over the last couple of weeks it’s become extremely clear that Mobb Deep are definitely not on good terms. Havoc stated they were on an ‘indefinite hiatus’, and given the aggressive tweets Hav shot out back in April, it’s near-impossible to see how they’d ever reconcile.

Havoc’s probably given up on that too, given the nature of this track. The entire track is built to run Prodigy down, as Hav goes at Prodigy’s recent musical output, questions his sexual orientation and generally doesn’t divert from making digs for the full 3 minutes. I suppose it’s morbidly entertaining for a while, but soon enough the disappointment over the break-up and somewhat petty nature of the track kicks in, and instead of being an aggressive, vicious hip-hop joint to get some attention, it comes off as a rather timid bitching session.

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Quick Throwback: Mobb Deep – Temperature’s Rising (1995)

In memory of the UK’s 2012 summer, here’s one of my personal favourite summer joints from the M.O.B.B.’s classic sophomore The Infamous. This is so smooth it almost hurts. Q-Tip teams up with Hav to craft a head-nodding drum loop which finds its roots firmly in the funky ATCQ playbook. Lyrically both P and Hav are champions throughout, on this occasion stringing together a harsh portrayal of growing up in QB. It goes without saying that the title of this joint isn’t dedicated to the weather…

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Mobb Deep-Waterboarding (Prod. Alchemist)

Being the Mobb Deep stan I am, readers will understand the enormity of this song when I claim it’s the closet thing I’ve heard to that 90′s Mobb since… well… the 90′s. Unbelievably left off their recently released Black Cocaine EP, Waterboarding combines that classic eerie cocktail of Alchemist behind the boards and P spitting that harrowing fire which once upon a time made him top 3 in the game (What up Indi). The piercing, sporadic piano keys, low-lying baseline supplemented by jazzy horns replicates that gutter sound all Mobb fans are clamouring for on their upcoming full length LP. This is that QB shit.

Mobb Deep-Waterboarding (Prod. Alchemist) 

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Mobb Deep and Bounty Killer-Dead Man’s Shoes

The first release from Mobb Deep’s upcoming Black Cocaine EP, and to my knowledge their first new project since 2006′s Blood Money album.

A dark, intense production signals an immediate return to the classic Mobb Deep sound, with bleak synths, creepy organ samples and crashing percussion combining for a hard-hitting beat that feels both familiar and refreshing simultaneously. The raps are aggressive enough to capitalise on the production without being too abrasive, as both Prodigy and Havoc come through sounding hungry and focused, whilst the distorted Bounty Killer vocal sample finishes things off by enhancing the eerie atmosphere on the track. It’s great to have Mobb back, and this is a welcome injection into a hip-hop scene really lacking this gritty sort of material.

Mobb Deep-Dead Man’s Shoes ft. Bounty Killer

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Jay Electronica and Mobb Deep-Call of Duty

The enigmatic Jay Electronica returned to the spotlight last night with the release of some new material, for the first time in months. He was rather active on Twitter in the build-up to the release, and amongst his Tweets was an appeal to Mobb Deep to jump on a track with him: he got his wish as they come by for the assist here.

Prodigy assumes hook duty, including a rather surprising ‘put your diamonds in the sky’ line given Mobb’s tumultuous history with Jay-Z, alongside a solid verse with a laidback, mellow delivery that contrasts favourably with the intense, lively production. Electronica’s verses are enjoyable too, with some strong lines showing a little more self-awareness and timestamping, with his acknowledgment of the mythical nature of his ‘upcoming’ debut album being notable, as he cleverly spins the Detox comparisons in a more favourable manner. Not quite as spectacular a track as I’d expected, but a very simple, effective slice of hip-hop that will get some plays.

Jay Electronica-Call of Duty ft. Mobb Deep

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Prodigy-Up North Service (Novacane Freestyle)

Continuing his high work rate since being released from prison, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy last night let loose an incredibly good freestyle on his Twitter account.

Prodigy flows impeccably over Frank Ocean’s brilliant Novacane beat, the very same beat Joe Budden used to record Ordinary Love Shit Pt. 3, a beat which just so happens to fit the style of Prodigy/Mobb Deep perfectly. Up North Service is a laid back, romantic, “gangster love” song, with a pulsating, hypnotic beat and Prodigy laying his feelings bare with solid raps.

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3 New (Old) Prodigy Tracks

On the back of the Mobb’s epic reunion concert last night, here are three unreleased P joints which accompany the audio version of P’s new book. Apparently they were recorded around the time the HNIC2 sessions took place. P in that picture = #swag.

Prodigy-600 Benz

Prodigy-Life Is Real Easy

Prodigy-P Against The World

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Prodigy-The Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson EP

Mobb Deep’s Prodigy certainly can’t be accused of slacking since being released from his prison stint, and he comes through with his first official full project since that release.

We’ve caught one or two tracks and videos in recent weeks, though it appears none of them (or at least none I’ve come across) were destined for this EP. Can’t really complain about that as its always nice grabbing a bunch of unheard tracks, especially from someone whose reputation is certainly benefitting from that novelty of ‘finally being home’. Download courtesy of Complex below.

Prodigy (of Mobb Deep)-The Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson EP

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Mobb Deep and Nas-Dog Sh*t

DAMN. Prodigy’s wasted no time in getting back on that ‘murda muzik’ tip with his Mobb Deep cohort Havoc, and here they’ve combined with The Alchemist and the almighty Nas for a throwback slice of hip-hop that will undoubtedly satisfy the real heads over here.

Al serves up a haunting production comprised of creeping keys, intense synths and a quiet yet threatening production, all combining to set up the dark, gritty sort of backdrop that suits Mobb so well. The raps are fitting from the duo, with sombre deliveries highlighted that soft, quiet threat of the production, and Nas comes through with a short but enjoyable verse of his own. The hip-hop heads know not to question a line-up of this calibre, and it certainly delivers the kind of hip-hop I’ve not heard in quite some time.

Mobb Deep-Dog Shit ft. Nas

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Prodigy’s First Post-Prison Interview

Words I did not expect to hear in this interview: “Banking system.”

Here we have P’s first interview since leaving the pen where he speaks on what he’s been up to inside (reading, writing, blogging, getting healthy), Jay-Z and his illuminati connections, Obama and American politics. P comes across really well in this interview and shows he’s got much more going on upstairs than he sometimes leads people to believe.

Welcome home P.

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Mobb Deep Back Together In The Studio [Video]

We’ve seen the pictures, now here’s some footage from Havoc and his recently-released partner in crime Prodigy back in the studio tearing it up again.

The real question on all Mobb Deep fan’s minds is what Mobb Deep we are going to get from now on? Before P went to jail, releases such as his anticipated H.N.I.C.2 and the unexpected Product Of The 80′s saw P returning to that signature, gutter QB sound which the Mobb pioneered. However, we all know what went before; the nightmare which was G-Unit Records and 2006′s Blood Money. Giving Raekwon a call might not be such a bad idea…

Let’s hope P got that fire back in his belly after his stint in the pen!

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Prodigy Home After 3 Years In Prison

Mobb Deep’s Prodigy is finally home after a 3 year sentence for fire-arms possession. Here is the first footage from P, straight after leaving the pen.

Worth checking Havoc and long-time collaborator Alchemist’s Twitters for updates. Check out the pictures of P already back in the studio! Clicky.

Welcome home Prodigy.

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Havoc-Back On My Bullshit

New Havoc for you Heads out there. Let’s not waste too much time on the track itself when PRODIGY GETS HOME IN 5 DAYS!

Can’t wait for the two to get back in the booth together and expect (hope) to see a fired up Prodigy with lots of new gutter material to satisfy his loyal Mobb Deep fans. Hope H can bring the heaters on production too, with his last killer beat probably this one.

Havoc-Back On My Bullshit

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Quick Throwback: Mobb Deep-Give Up The Goods

One of the 14 songs from The Infamous which helped me fall in love with hip-hop.

ATCQ’s Q-Tip on the boards (his one of three cuts on the album) laces a soothing, instant classic for P, Havoc and an on-fire Big Noyd to drop some street wisdom. Does it get any better than this?

Indi – Prodigy: Top 3 emcee mid-nineties.

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Havoc / Big Noyd Perform Live

Gotta love this.

Mobb Deep’s Havoc and long-time collaborator Big Noyd performing a medley of old school Mobb tracks live.

Always fun watching Havoc perform without Prodigy because I remember him once saying how he sometimes forgets his lyrics and has to ask his side-kick to remind him!

The energy looks crazy in there!

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Raekwon + Mobb Deep + Alchemist = OMG

I thought collaborations like this didn’t exist anymore!

Apologies for skimping a little bit on the AZ post, but I had to get this out to the Heads out there ASAP.

Alchemist drops a terrifying backdrop for Havoc, Raekwon and always-appreciated Prodigy verses. Similar kinda chorus to Method Man’s All I Need from back in ’94 so you can imagine the track before you’ve even clicked the glorious, hip-hop-reviving red text below.

No idea where it’s from and quite frankly I don’t care. Just keep ‘em coming!

Raekwon (feat Mobb Deep) – Road To Riches

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Throwback Thursdays Vol 26

Ajay and Myself are having a bit of a ‘Mobb Deep week’, which always goes down well where I’m concerned (This throwback is for you too buddy!). Big Noyd is / was always Mobb Deep’s side-kick, making appearances on all Mobb LP’s up until Blood Money (apparently 50 didn’t see him fitting into the ‘grand plan’).

Being Mobb’s sidekick meant N.O.Y.D. was graced with the presence of cast-off Havoc beats and as uninspiring as that sounds, in fact, some of them Hav was crazy to let go. This week’s throwback is definitely one of those.

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Throwback Thursdays Vol 24

Having yet to dedicate a TT to my favourite hip-hop act it’s fair to say I’m a little bit like a kid in a toy store right now. I can only apologise in advance for what may come across as a rather biased review.

Out of all Mobb Deep’s back catalogue (and what a back catalogue!) I wouldn’t have predicted I would be dropping this one. It is, without doubt, a banger. However, ‘banger’ isn’t always the term I would associate with the Mobb. ‘Gritty’ and ‘harrowing’ are much more on point (I’m yet to hear a more perfect example of these words than the Hell On Earth LP). The point is, and bare with me there is one, is that Quiet Storm signals an end of an era. Many (and I’m not sure where I fall on this) feel Quiet Storm was Havoc’s last first-class beat. Others savour Quiet Storm as a dying breed (released March 1999) before hip-hop as we knew and loved was changed forever. Wherever your opinion lies, no one can deny Mobb Deep’s contribution to hip-hop. → Continue Reading

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Hate Is The New Love: Nas vs Jay-Z

First off, apologies this week’s Hate Is The New Love is two days late. But I wanted to make sure I got this one on point because it’s an important part of hip-hop history. Now, there’s a lot to take in this week so concentrate.

One of the most celebrated, controversial and contested rivalries since the West Coast / East Coast feud involved mainstream heavyweight Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and the critically acclaimed, fans favourite Nasir “Nas” Jones. → Continue Reading

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Unreleased Mobb Deep, Produced By Alchemist

Everything sounds good about this one. Unreleased music is always a good thing. Unreleased music from the legendary Mobb Deep is an even better thing. Any music over on Alchemist beat is just being spoilt. Hip-hop fans, you know what to do.

Mobb Deep-Whole Lotta Thug

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Prodigy (of Mobb Deep)-The Phone Tap

This is usually Murray’s lane, but I think he’s travelling at some point this weekend so I’ll step in on it.

This is a track recorded by Mobb Deep’s Prodigy over the phone, whilst still incarcerated. No matter what, that’s pretty dope and I’m not sure many other rappers would show that sort of dedication. It doesn’t really come any more legit than recording from prison, and Prodigy drops some decent rhymes on this. One for the real hip-hop heads.

Prodigy-The Phone Tap (Welcome to State Prison)

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Hate Is The New Love: Mobb Deep vs 2Pac

If you missed the first episode of OTU’s newest feature, then take the time to revisit here.

Into this week’s business.

What many people don’t realise is that 2Pac and Biggie’s feud wasn’t just exclusive to them. Hip-hop’s most infamous rivalry spilled into studios with artists who had never even worked with the originators, feeling their dignity had been violated and now wanted their shit on record.

The beef started when Tha Dogg Pound’s New York, New York filtered over to the East Coast. Mobb Deep took offence and responded with Queensbridge counterparts Tragedy Khadafi and Capone-N-Noreaga on LA, LA. Although both tracks call out their opposite coasts to ‘come outta town’, at this point, things were still rather innocuous…

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The Music of 8 Mile (The 90’s Version)

So before getting into things I feel it is only appropriate to show our remorse at the tragic death of Brittany Murphy and our thoughts at OTU go out to all her family during this difficult time. Her work was admired by masses across the globe, and her performance in 8 Mile was, for me, one of her best moments on the big screen.

Ever since joining the OTU team I’ve been looking forward to doing this review. Why? Not only is 8 Mile an awesome insight into the hip-hop world back in the mid nineties, but also because it showcases an array of hip-hop talent throughout the picture. You cannot get these on the OST released with the film, these are the tracks from the 90′s when the film was set. 7 years on from the film’s UK release date, I’ve got eleven absolute gems (the other two are essential to cover, but don’t achieve the minimum standard 4 BDK rating) to share with you over the next few minutes of your life and I guarantee they are going to make you feel more complete because of it…

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Unreleased Mobb Deep and The Game

Piles of good music for you today (being posted the night before too!).

Kicking off with two tracks below, neither of which are technically new, but both are unreleased oldies which have recently surfaced. The Mobb Deep track is from the sessions for Hell On Earth, and The Game track is from somewhere around Game’s first two albums but it isn’t confirmed when specifically.

Mobb Deep-Tha World

The Game-Breakin’ Rules ft. Busta Rhymes

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Sunday’s Classic Collabo: Lloyd Banks/Mobb Deep

To quote Joe Budden, “I think Banks was dope and then he fell the fuck off and then he got right back up.” The track I’ve chosen for today is actually from during the period where “he fell the fuck off”.

One of the very few decent tracks from his sophomore album, Rotten Apple, Banks enlisted fellow G-Unit label mates Mobb Deep on this track to great effect.

The production talents of Havoc, along with Prodigy’s lyrical grittiness are a perfect compliment to Banks’ own style. Mobb Deep fans in particular should definitely get the track below, as well as those who love New York Hip Hop.

Get Clapped ft. Mobb Deep

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