Available now! 180 GRAM! FIRST 1000 NUMBERED ON BLUE/GREEN TRANSAPRENT VINYL! The Infamous is the second studio album by the American Hip Hop duo Mobb Deep, released in 1995. The album features guest apperances from Nas, Wu-Tang Clan members, Reakwon and Ghostface Killah. It marked Mobb Deep’s transition from a relatively unknown Rap duo to an influential and commercially successful one. One of the cornerstones of the New York hardcore movement, 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. This is hard, underground Hip Hop that demands to be met on its own terms, with few melodic hooks to draw the listener in. Similarly, there’s little pleasure or relief offered in the picture of the streets Mobb Deep paint here. They inhabit a war zone where crime and paranoia hang constantly in the air. The product of an uncommon artistic vision, The Infamous stands as an all-time gangsta/hardcore classic.
November 22 street date. By the time Mobb Deep hit with their third album "Hell On Earth" they were solidified street legends. Coming off the critically acclaimed "The Infamous", Havoc and Prodigy hit the lab and came back with a soundtrack that is fitting to its title. Havoc's production is atmospheric; laced with his trademark drums loops and sharp pianos stabs. Add Prodigy's trademark flow and it's evident that the pairing is such an amazing match. While "Hell On Earth" is essentially a continuation of "The Infamous", you can still hear the growth in both performers and "Hell On Earth" stands as some of their best work. The album features guest appearances by Nas, Raekwon, Method Man, and frequent collaborator Big Noyd.
November 26 street date. BLACK FRIDAY release. Mobb Deep redefined East Coast hip hop in the early 90s with their release "Juvenile Hell" and the break-out follow up "The Infamous". As the group moved into the 2000s and parted ways with their long-time label, Loud, they released "Free Agents" as a celebration of their moving on to ... well, free agent status. With Havoc handling production on all but 3 cuts and only two guest appearances (one being from long-time Queensbridge associate Big Noyd), "Free Agents" is uncut, undiluted Mobb Deep all the way through. The reaction from fans was solid, catapulting the record to peak at number 21 on the Top 200 with a top 5 position on the R&B/Hip Hop charts. Out of print for well over a decade, this chapter in Mobb Deep's legacy is back in effect for RSD Black Friday.
July 15 street date. The fifth studio album by the Infamous duo of Prodigy and Havoc was originally released just over 20 years ago on December 11, 2001. The album features Mobb Deep Queensbidge affiliates Infamous Mobb and Big Noyd and was certified Gold. To commemorate "Infamy"'s 20 year anniversary, Get On Down is proud to present this limited edition marbled copper vinyl reissue for Mobb Deep fans worldwide. Limited to 2001 copies, with stamped numbered obi.