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The Infamous

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The Start of Your Ending (41st Side)
(The Infamous Prelude)
Survival of the Fittest
Eye for a Eye (Your Beef is Mines)
(Just Step Prelude)
Give Up the Goods (Just Step)
Temperature's Rising
Up North Trip
Trife Life
Q.U. - Hectic
Right Back at You
(The Grave Prelude)
Cradle to the Grave
Drink Away the Pain (Situations)
Artist: Mobb Deep feat. Q-Tip
Shook Ones, Pt. II
Party Over
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Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 67:04

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Hua Hsu edits the hip-hop section of URB Magazine and writes about music, culture and politics for Slate, the Village Voice, The Wire and various other magazine...more »

The sound of two kids who've grown up too fast, not wanting to forget a second of it
1995 | Label: RCA Records Label

An album featuring "Shook Ones Pt. II" repeated 16 times probably would have been enough to secure Mobb Deep's legend. Their signature song — one of the 1990s' signature songs — remains haunting both musically and lyrically, a collection of moments wherein the listener is awestruck by how Prodigy and Havoc wrote, arranged or said that.

Luckily, The Infamous, the diminutive Queensbridge duo's 1995 follow-up to the patchy Juvenile Hell, is one of the greatest albums… read more »

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Awesome Moody Hip Hop a


This offers fantastic, melodic rap songs with dark textures and catchy hooks. The lyrics are dark too, dealing with crime and death. Best of all, this album captures that production value that's neither too raw nor too slick and produced. It's lush, head-moving music with an authentic feel.

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the Infamous


one of my best Mobb deep albums

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survival of da fittest n shook ones


r two must have songs in everybodys hiphop file in their mp3s,classic stuff

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takes you back


this was coming out a lot of cars back then...holds up well

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One of the cornerstones of the New York hardcore movement, The Infamous is Mobb Deep’s masterpiece, a relentlessly bleak song cycle that’s been hailed by hardcore rap fans as one of the most realistic gangsta albums ever recorded. Given Mobb Deep’s youthful age and art-school background, it’s highly unlikely that The Infamous is drawn strictly from real-life experience, yet it’s utterly convincing, because it has all the foreboding atmosphere and thematic sweep of an epic crime drama. That’s partly because of the cinematic vision behind the duo’s detailed narratives, but it’s also a tribute to how well the raw, grimy production evokes the world that Mobb Deep is depicting. The group produced the vast majority of the album itself, with help on a few tracks from the Abstract (better known as Q-Tip), and establishes a spare, throbbing, no-frills style indebted to the Wu-Tang Clan. This is hard, underground hip-hop that demands to be met on its own terms, with few melodic hooks to draw the listener in. Similarly, there’s little pleasure or relief offered in the picture of the streets Mobb Deep paints here: They inhabit a war zone where crime and paranoia hang constantly in the air. Gangs are bound together by a code of fierce loyalty, relying wholly on one another for survival in a hopeless environment. Hostile forces — cops, rivals, neighborhood snitches — are potentially everywhere, and one slip around the wrong person can mean prison or death. There’s hardly any mention of women, and the violence is grim, serious business, never hedonistic. Pretty much everything on the album contributes to this picture, but standouts among the consistency include “Survival of the Fittest,” “Eye for a Eye,” “Temperature’s Rising,” “Cradle to the Grave,” and the classic “Shook Ones, Pt. 2.” The product of an uncommon artistic vision, The Infamous stands as an all-time gangsta/hardcore classic. – Steve Huey

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