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The Infamous

Mobb Deep - The Infamous
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1995 Ratings: #15 / 458
User Score
Based on 680 ratings
1995 Ratings: #2
Liked by 36 people
April 25, 1995 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loud, RCA, BMG / Label
Havoc, Prodigy, The Abstract, Matt Life, Schott Free / Producer
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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
‘the infamous’ is a street rap staple; a complete takeover of one’s attention.

with a 40 of henny serving as sedative, queens’ distinct sound of paralyzing fear jumps around different boroughs and perspectives. it becomes hectic. trife life is mobb deep in a different mode.

a scarily iconic record; tracks 1-5 and 8-15 are incredible. on “up trip north”, the second side begins to harden into something terrific and memorable.

the album begins with an ... read more
1.The Start of Your Ending (41st Side): 9
2.The Infamous Prelude: 7
3.Survival of the Fittest: 9
4.Eye For a Eye (Your Beef Is Mines) (featuring Nas and Raekwon): 8
5.Just Step Prelude: 7
6.Give Up the Goods (Just Step) (featuring Big Noyd): 10
7.Temperature's Rising (featuring Crystal Johnson): 8.5
8.Up North Trip: 8.2
9.Trife Life: 8
10.Q.U.- Hectic: 8.5
11.Right Back At You (featuring Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Big Noyd): 8.5
12.The Grave Prelude: 7
13.Cradle to the Grave: 8
14.Drink Away ... read more
Such amazing storytelling with the use of smooth groovy bars backed up by incredible instrumentals with slight hints to jazz.

The features on this add so much and keep this album feel fresh throughout a full listen.
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.
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Track List

  1. The Start of Your Ending (41st Side)
  2. The Infamous Prelude
  3. Survival of the Fittest
  4. Eye For a Eye (Your Beef Is Mines) (featuring Nas and Raekwon)
  5. Just Step Prelude  
  6. Give Up the Goods (Just Step) (featuring Big Noyd)
  7. Temperature's Rising (featuring Crystal Johnson)
  8. Up North Trip
  9. Trife Life
  10. Q.U.- Hectic
  11. Right Back At You (featuring Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Big Noyd)
  12. The Grave Prelude
  13. Cradle to the Grave
  14. Drink Away the Pain (Situations) (featuring Q-Tip)
  15. Shook Ones Pt. II
  16. Party Over (featuring Big Noyd)
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Added on: April 7, 2014