Mobb Deep - The Infamous
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1995 Ratings: #15 / 508
User Score
1995 Rank: #2All Time: #72
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pitchfork

The reason The Infamous remains so untouchable today goes beyond its individual qualities —the vividness of Prodigy's imagery, or the richness of the Queensbridge slang they introduced —into more rarefied air.

100
AllMusic
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.
100
Consequence of Sound

The Infamous continues to be that flawless body of work, as well as the blueprint for the traditional New York hardcore sound.

90
SPIN

Hearing Havoc and Prodigy testify is a little like following 14-year-old Jim Carroll through the hold-ups, shooting galleries, and poetical gymnastics in The Basketball Diaries. You have to wonder what they'll be like when they're old enough to drink.

83
Entertainment Weekly

Underground rap-heads — and those who can break away from Jeep beats — will rejoice.

80
Rolling Stone

Their second album, The Infamous..., is a darkly nihilistic masterpiece. Call it the Clockwork Orange of gangsta-rap records, in which violent, unsupervised teenagers roam the streets in search of good lah (weed), skins (women) and manhood tests just for the hell of it.

BradTasteMusic
98

The best beats. The best rhymes. The best flows. The best features. The best skits. The best production. Do believe the hype

nnxsgny
97

we used to listen to this in college before 6am basketball practices. nothing like waking up at 4:45am and immediately listening to survival of the fittest. got us in the mood to fuck shit up. we went 3-22 that year.

Chode
90

I’ve already heard a lot of these songs prior to listening to this album because they’re hip hop classics, but I’m really glad I checked out the whole project. It was totally worth it.

In one word, this album is iconic. Havoc and Prodigy are amazing MCs. They are emblematic of 90s hip hop. The influence of their flow and wordplay sees reverberations in every sector of modern-day New York boom-bap. Shook Ones, Pt. II is undoubtedly a classic rap song and a staple in the ... read more

91

Ahh. I'm home. Aside from having possibly the best rap song of all time (YES I AM TALKING ABOUT "SHOOK ONES PT II") this is just one of the most consistent, chilling, and raw rap projects that has ever been released. NYC >>>

homuli
91

16/20 CLASSIC ALBUMS — The Infamous by Mobb Deep

An unmistakable east coast classic — there is not a single mediocre track, beat or verse in sight. Both Havoc and Prodigy show top-tier proficiency as storytellers and lyricists at the mere age of 19, describing their lives through evocative imaginery and lyricism. Shit had me glued to my headphones — it's so dark and grim, yet so captivating. Alongside the lyrics, the production is another obvious yet vital quality of ... read more

YeastMan
98

Banger after banger after banger after banger

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Added on: April 7, 2014