Mobb Deep DeCODeD by mobxthedon



#RIP PRODIGY

It's a Tuesday (20 June) I'm in the studio with mobg and it's almost 8 pm,I go on my phone to catch up on Facebook.Bang the first post I see #RIP Prodigy,I'm like is this a bad joke or what.....immediately I tell mobg and he googles the news,TMZ confirmed that the Queens lyrical God and half of the iconic group Mobb Deep, Prodigy alias Albert Johnson is no more and Nas, a fellow Queens emcee was the first to break the news on his Instagram. Prodigy, who had been battling with sickle cell anemia since he was a teen had finally lost the fight in a Las Vegas hospital a couple of days after gracing the stage for the last time at the Art of Rap show hosted by Ice T.
Talk about living earth doing what you were born to do, that's what P exactly did, lived by the mic and died by the mic.
This article is dedicated to Prodigy and if you have been listening to hiphop since the 90s you'll feel and know that this is a very big loss to the culture. This is 'Mobb Deep: Decoded'.
Prodigy and Havoc are the dynamic duo from Queens Bridge NewYork that made up the the 'Infamous' group Mobb Deep. Back in 1992 before the group was officially established, Havoc and Prodigy went by the name Poetical Prophets and released their first demo titled 'Flavour For The Nonbelievers' under this name. The duo then went on to release their debut album 'Juvenile Hell' in 1993.
Mobb Deep saw its first major success with their second album 'The Infamous' which was released in 1995. The group went straight to the top of the hardcore hiphop scene due to their raw narration of the street life through their lyrics.
The production of the album was very dark and sample-based and credit goes to Havoc who was making the beats. The hit single 'Shook Ones Pt II', a remix to the original track, received critical acclaim and the beat is still the all-time favourite freestyle beat till up to now.
They released their third album 'Hell on Earth' in 1996 and it debuted at number 6 on the billboard album chart. The album featured Nas, MethodMan and Raekwon of Wu-tang among other legendary names and in 1999 they released their fourth album Murda Muzik which debuted at number 3 on the billboard 200 and it quickly went platinum (it was promoted by the single Quiet Storm).
Mobb deep was also part of the infamous East Coast vs west coast hiphop beef that  started when Snoop and The Dogg Pound released a track titled NewYork NewYork, which Mobb Deep, along with Capone-N-Noreaga and Tragedy Khadafi responded to with the song LA LA.
Tupac Shakur' s group, The Outlawz made an appearance at a Mobb deep show and later a rumor made the circles saying that Mobb deep had snubbed The Outlawz. This is what made Tupac take a shot at Mobb deep in the mother-of-all diss tracks, 'Hit em Up' and Bomb first. Mobb deep responded with Drop a Gem on Em, a track that is found on their album Hell on Earth.
Mobb deep still maintained a heavy presence in the game nonetheless and the release of Infamy in 2001, they were to add more 'infamy' (pun intended) to their name after the song Burn featuring Vita was perceived as a reply to Jayz's diss song TakeOver. With 'Infamy' the group changed its style and it moved from a raw minimalist, stripped down beat towards a more commercially friendly sound.
In June of 2005, Mobb Deep announced that they had signed with G-Unit Records. 50 Cent had a connection to Mobb Deep as he grew up in Queens and Havoc had provided production services on projects by G-Unit, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. Mobb Deep released their seventh studio album, Blood Money in 2006 and it featured G-Unit members 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo & Young Buck as well as Mary J. Blige & Nate Dogg.
In that very same year, Mobb Deep became the first American hip-hop duo to perform in India, via VH1's Hip Hop Hustle. In late 2009, Mobb Deep were released from their contract with G Unit.
On April 4, 2011, Mobb Deep released a new single called "Dog Shit," featuring rapper Nas. This was the first official song by Mobb Deep since Prodigy's release from jail and it was produced by Havoc and Alchemist.

On July 27, 2012, Havoc told AllHipHop in an interview that the group was on an indefinite hiatus. According to HipHopDX, Mobb Deep had a falling out after Havoc blasted Prodigy on Twitter, and eventually, a sound clip leaked of him taking numerous shots at his former Mobb Deep partner during their concert at SXSW. At first, Havoc claimed that he was hacked. However, he later confirmed it was him and that he had originally denied it because he felt that Twitter was not a place to resolve a beef.

However, in January 2013 Prodigy said that he was sure he would record with Havoc in the future. Mobb Deep appeared on Papoose's debut album The Nacirema Dream on the track "Aim, Shoot". They later reunited and performed for Paid Dues on March 30, 2013 and an international 20th-anniversary tour that started in May 2013. On March 22, 2013 the group officially reunited for an interview and explained that music was the most important thing in their lives and that they had been friends for too long to break up one of the most iconic groups that hiphop had known.

Around May 2013, the release of Havoc's third studio album, he announced that he and Prodigy had been in the studio for over a month working on the duo's eighth studio album which was already "halfway done." He also stated that he would be doing the  production on the entire album.

On April 1, 2014, the group released its eighth studio album, The Infamous Mobb Deep, a double album that included one CD with original new music and one with unreleased tracks from sessions from The Infamous.
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