Old School Hip Hop Sundays: Mobb Deep Edition

May 25, 2008

One of my favorite hip hop records of all-time is Mobb Deep’s The Infamous. Released in 1995, the album helped put the East Coast back on the map at a time when Snoop, Dre and Death Row were stealing the spotlight. Showcasing dark, gritty beats and haunting soul samples, The Infamous sounds like it was recorded in a dim project hallway in Queensbridge. The rugged production is punctuated by Havoc and Prodigy’s trademark violent lyrics. To put it bluntly, The Infamous is a classic.

Here are videos for three of my favorites on the record, “Survival of the Fittest,” “Give Up the Goods” and “Shook Ones Pt. 2.”

“Survival of the Fittest”:

“Give Up the Goods”:

“Shook Ones Pt. 2”:

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