Mobb Deep - The Infamous
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1995 Ratings: #11 / 469
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Based on 987 ratings
1995 Ratings: #1
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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
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
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.

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.

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

JacksonLerner
97

‘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

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.

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Added on: April 7, 2014