Citizenship : United States
Bright guys of the iconic team, no matter how hackneyed not look that word. Talk about them - the cornerstone of the New York hardcore. Their name - Mobb Deep - reminds hooligan word " mob", will cast the majority of young repperkov in panic. Overseas rappers can hardly intimidate pseudo such characters as the Prodigy and Havoc themselves frighten any keeper of purity of the white race. These guys are quietly and steadily make a promise you hell on earth, and to demonstrate that such a killer music.
How was the styleProdigy and Havoc met within the walls of a prestigious art school in Manhattan. Presumably, blunt - upyrkam scumbag in art school would be no place. So we do without stamps of the limitations and all-embracing criminality black rappers. Pi keV and beyond the scope of this cliche.
The first half of the 90s was a strange time for America.While fathers celebrated the victory in the Cold War, their children were in severe depression. And if the white teenagers were killed by heroin grunge growl, their black peers preferred to crack and gloomy rap. Album Mobb Deep "Juvenile Hell" was one of the first to catch this mood of despair and emptiness. Ottochnenny styleacquired by the Group in the mid-90s had not yet seen, at times, at times were not strong pace, but the general outlines of the future Mobb Deep is already drawn. Native district Queensbridge generously gave ideas Pi keV and embody them in verse, of which the most impressionable audience becoming uncomfortable. Young talents were under the care of kvinsbridzhskih comrades in arms - those who are older. Among the trustees it was, by the way, and Large Professor, who did a lot for the promotion of Queensbridge - the success of the first album Nas`a have a large proportion of the merits of this man. The result of their work was published in 1993 label 4th & Broadway and had, so to speak ,local success. Deciphering - almost no money and very little attention of listeners. Not surprising, given the youthful immaturity of the material and the small label opportunities.
So big success should be recognized that followed the signing of the contract with the now legendary record label Loud, has made a name on the Wu-Tang albums,and in those years, commits the first steps in the rap business. Big success for Mobb Deep, received from the filing Loud fame and a great success for the label - for the next albomyotmenno sold. The benefit was mutual.
One hundred percent chernukha
In 1995, Mobb Deep released a phenomenal album "Infamous".This time, they alone wrote all the music for the disc, except for a couple of tracks, production of which - it is Q-Tip hands of A Tribe Called Quest (incidentally, the year before he worked with the legendary debut Nas-a, the album "Illmatic"; it seems, the guy has a good taste and is only involved in the projects, which are destined to " change the way ") . "Infamous" was one of the most realistic Gangsta album. Hard horror stories about the troubles surrounding - garbage, evil scum of the quarter. .. naturalistically reproduced Queensbridge hostile atmosphere where every quarter - the zone of hostilities. Only the thick tar - dark tone ,dark music and the heartbreaking stories from the streets of his native district. Almost like in the song - " In the black - black city black nights / ambulance black with black physicians. .. " - a wholly-owned chernukha !!! Measured reading of Prodigy and Havok - quietly and almost without intonation has become their hallmark. In combination with a distinct rhythm (due to " sticking " drums) and a minimum of tools, it has provided a hypnotic effect. Hit "Shook Ones, Pt.2" received the status of the manifesto of his time.The doom and despair confused generation : "Sometimes I wonder do I deserve to live / or am I going to burn in hell for all the things I did".
The farther away, the more you begin to share the faith of the Chinese in the golden age, already existed on the earth, from which every year of life humanity inexorably moving away. Well,how to deal with the fact that all the great hip-hop albums have been recorded and are second to none ? So it was with many, so it was with Mobb Deep, because "Infamous" was unequivocally the best, and then still went gradually decline. Do not pronounced, but still. ..
In 1996, fans Mobb Deep, and there were many ,They lined up for the new release Queensbridge Kings. Thanks to their efforts, the album called "Hell on Earth" climbed to the 6th place in the Billboard charts - in the general chart, where their sales compared with different Michael Jackson and Madonna. The result is impressive. However, after the success of "Infamous" otherwise it could not be. Prodigy and Havoc continued to escalate mrachnyak, talking about being tired of " this life " and the transformation of rap in the blood sport. tracks were recorded Nas`om For greater commercial appeal (Fellow of the district) , Method and Man`om Raekwon`om (like-minded people on the hardcore style) .
The next album had to wait a long time -pause was taken for three years. Not everything was okay : the release date was repeatedly postponed, then a working version of the disc with three dozen tracks fell into the hands of pirates. Fans of Mobb Deep is not confused by poor sound quality and bootleg began to spread rapidly across the United States. There have already had to hurry and soon release "Murda Muzik" on sale. And despite the best efforts of the pirates, the disc has reached the third place in the charts and brought the duo " platinum ". Hit the "Quiet Storm" from that album is considered one of the software tracks Mobb Deep, sounds great "It`s Mine" featuring Nas. Despite the fact that the producer`s ability to Havok "Murda Muzik" worthy of the highest praise, this is the first release ,where Mobb Deep begins to actively seek the assistance of third-party beatmaker. However, this does not prevent them maintain their trademark sound - a bit strict Mobb Deep had already become a trademark. From where they playfully refused on the next disc.
Released in 2001, the disc "Infamy" shocked fans of the duo. It was not at all Mobb Deep. Somewhere disappears deadly realism, the sound becomes softer and the biggest hit of the album - a melodic ballad "Hey Luv (Anything)" with the participation of 112 soul quartet, known for his work with the Bad Boy label artists - " betrayal of the motherland. " All this is called an extension of the audience, in fact -change of orientation in the work, fitting under the more current format. If you look closely to the hardcore scene, you will realize that no one Mobb Deep did so. Duet kvinsbridzhskih murderers was among the first hardcore renegades.
Another interesting fact - amazing tolerance shown by the participants of Mobb Deep in relation to Jay-Z.Brooklyn rapper mixed them with dirt track "Takeover", released shortly before the release of "Infamy". Previously, Pi keV and have got into such a situation and always give an adequate response, even 2Pac got his track "Drop a Gem on` Em " from the album " Hell on Earth ". And then - kept silent. ..
Shortly after the release of "Infamy",I ceased to exist Loud label, and the band was left, as they say in sports, a free agent. Those who are interested for example in basketball know that free agent well be, when you are young, full of energy and just became MVP of the regular season. Then you shall besiege agents all leading clubs (in our case -labels) and flood the promising proposals. But if your achievements in the past years and are close to retirement - open quite different horizons. ..
In 2003, Mobb Deep fouled edition mixtape in which both declared themselves free agents : "Free Agents (The Murda Mixtape)".The disc contains almost four dozen tracks and encouraging prospects for returning to the abandoned positions. But these hopes were justified, and two times in the same water does not enter. At least, from the statements of the group, made before the release of the album, it followed that the group aims to strongly expand its audience. What is to be understood as, " we want to earn normally. " The natural desire, who does not want to.
On the death of hardcore. ..
Album "Amerikaz Nightmare" went on sale August 10, 2004. It is known that the new release of a major part of the production up bits of Havok. In addition, there Alchemist ,without which no cost, no one album Mobb Deep since "Murda Muzik". And people that today is considered to be - cool peppers Lil` Jon and Kanye West. As guests on the track " American Nightmare " will light Jadakiss, Nate Dogg, Lil Jon and Twista. Already commentators are now predskazyvaeyut mega-sales (in the first week sold about 150 thousand. copies of the disc) .
Times are changing - Ghostface and Method write cheerful songs with Missy Elliott, Mobb Deep collaborating with Lil Jon and Twista. .. It remains to be seen in the list of participants in the next album, Wu-Tang what some Usher`a and Chingy. Then the coffin with the NewYork hardcore can nail down the nails and lower the provisions of the depth of 6 feet.
Juvenile Hell / 4tn & Broadway / 1993
The Infamous / Loud / 1995
Hell on Earth / Loud / 1996
Murda Muzik / Loud / 1999
Infamy / Loud / 2001
Free Agents (The Murda Mixtape) / Landspeed / 2003
Amerikaz Nightmare / Jive / 2004
Prodigy- H.N.I.C./ Relativity / 2000