The Infamous Mobb Depp

With zero Top 40 singles over their 22-year career, Queensbridge menace masters Mobb Deep have never been properly rewarded for their massive impact on the darker strains of New York rap. The duo's mean, scrappy eighth album is the first to truly embrace their underdog status, wrapping itself in the low-fi, Walkman-ready vibe that has dominated the best of founding members Prodigy's and Havoc's solo work on indie labels. There are no radio singles, no "Executive Producer: 50 Cent," no Thomas Dolby samples – just a grimy aura and boasts about pissing on the courtroom floor and flooding the cold streets with hot blood.

 

From The Archives Issue 1206: April 10, 2014