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With one album--no, one song ("Shook Ones, Pt. 2")--Mobb Deep went from gimmick kiddie rap duo to hip-hop's dark horsemen of the apocalypse. Gritty and nihilistic, Prodigy and Havoc ushered in a post-gangsta era of reality rap that privileged vivid street narratives over mere drive-by posturing. As well, production by themselves and guests like Q-Tip (who did the jazzy "Drink Away the Pain") kept the soundscape moving beyond just the dissonant drone of "Shook Ones." "The Infamous" captured Mobb Deep at the beginning of their rebirth, before their formula became redundant. --Oliver Wang

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listen  1. The Start of Your Ending (41st Side)Mobb Deep 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. (The Infamous Prelude)Mobb Deep 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Survival of the Fittest (LP Version)Mobb Deep 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Eye for a Eye (Your Beef is Mines)Mobb Deep 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. (Just Step Prelude)Mobb Deep 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Give Up the Goods (Just Step) (LP Version)Mobb Deep 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Temperature's Rising (LP Version)Mobb Deep 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Up North TripMobb Deep 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Trife LifeMobb Deep 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Q.U. - HecticMobb Deep 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Right Back at YouMobb Deep 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. (The Grave Prelude)Mobb Deep0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Cradle to the GraveMobb Deep 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Drink Away the Pain (Situations)Mobb Deep feat. Q-Tip 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Shook Ones, Pt. IIMobb Deep 5:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Party OverMobb Deep 5:41$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (April 25, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WR5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Done on July 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Mobb Deep's 2nd album "The Infamous" (1995) is excellent. This was the first Mobb Deep album I got and to this day remains my favourite Mobb Deep album, though there next album "Hell on Earth" is not to be missed either. Mobb Deep (Prodigy & Havoc), Matt Life & Schott Free executive produce, with additonal track production coming from Abstract (aka Q-Tip). Guest appearances come from: Nas, Raekwon, Big Noyd, Q-Tip, Crystal Johnson & Ghostface Killer. Thirteen tracks plus three preludes, album starts off with "The Start of your Ending" a track where Mobb Deep represents Queensbridge and the 41st side. The next track is "Survival of the Fittest" a truly banging track with P starting off with "There's a war goin on outside, no man is safe from You could run but you can't hide forever..." and in between verses the addictive chorus of "Yo, yo We livin this til the day that we die Survival of the fit only the strong survive(We still livin it)", track has wicked piano rifts, and P & Hav drop memorable verses. This is followed up by "Eye for an Eye (Your Beef is Mines)" Feat. Raekwon and Nas, everyone comes out well on this one. Mobb Deep comes out hard on "Give up The Goods" Feat. Big Noyd a track about moneymaking and survival. "Temperature's Rising" is a more relaxed track which features R & B chorus from Crystal Johnson, and a story about a man on the run. Next comes "Up North Trip" which is about getting locked up, beat to this song is sick. Followed up by two grimy tracks, "Trife Life" a story of a setup and "Q.U. Hectic" an even darker track about streetlife. "Right Back at You" feat. Big Noyd, and Wu-Tangs Ghostface & Raekwon is another good collabration track.Read more ›
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matt VINE VOICE on October 28, 2005
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This is a classic album. The beats are true East Coast, mid-90s style at its best and the rhymes are timeless. From beginning to end, this album hits all points and does not disappoint. It remains solid throughout.

The singles off this album were "Survival of the Fittest" and "Shook Ones Part II". These were both great tracks, but each track on this album is equally impressive - each telling a different story.

Havoc does some notable sample-work and arrangement on this album. The beats are as good as it gets and Prodigy and Havoc play off each other very well when it comes to rhyming.

I still feel this is Mobb's best album to date. CLASSIC!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ? on June 22, 2006
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Similar to Smif - N- Wessun's "Dah Shinin'" and Black Moon's "Enta Da Stage", Mobb Deep's (second album) "The Infamous" reigns supreme as NY's darkest and most eerily "street" album, period. With this release, Prodigy & Havoc really set themselves apart from the rest, and not only furthered QB's position in HipHop, but laid their foundation for what would be a very respected career. It's unfortunate that it would be their second release that got them noticed, as in my opinion, their debut; "Juvenlie Hell" displayed raw talent, but quite clearly, still has nothin' on this. Dropping one year after arguably the greatest hiphop album of all time (Nas': Illmatic), "the infamous" became undoubtedly one of few releases to immediately receive praise, from whoever gave it a try.

Now, try & ask any self-proclaimed Hiphop fans whether they have ever heard "Shook Ones part 2", and what you should encounter is a response that should lead you to think you have, unknowingly, just thrown a direct insult! It's a straight fact; it is one of the most influential and groundbreaking tracks of all time!. It is impossible to count just how many times P & Hav have been sampled on that, timeless classics have sampled that track. It's a STRICT, untainted, masterpiece. Similarly, "Survival of the fittest" and "Give Up The Goods" are regarded as two of the greatest tracks ever to emerge from the Gutters of the East, with bass-heavy & perfectly flipped samples courtesy of Havoc & The abstract. BUT YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOWWW THAT!

Despite these being the significant highlights of the album, it has to be said that the album is VERY consistent and their are alot of other tracks which are almost on par with such classics.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By taste on January 16, 2002
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My walls are thick. Friends come over to listen to my tunes, although these days things are getting slower. I can please the room with Mary J, D'Angelo, Fugees, Lauryn Hill, BlackStreet, Bilal, even Method Man or Mos Def. My girlfriend is happy, everyone is smiling. But the evening wears on, a few drinks later, and I want to hear what I want to hear. Mobb Deep, the Infamous.
People are turning round, my girlfriend lets it pass, but others are asking me for the stuff I was playing before. But I'm happy now. Too many artists think that profanity and drug dealing talk will give them an immediate edge, a gansta kudos. It often sounds pathetic. Mobb Deep understand that the beats and the delivery and most important of all - the SPACE, come together to contribute to how a music translates. The piano loops are simple and perfect, the beats hypnotic but with a definite hook. As a comparison, think of Nas on NY State of Mind or GZA on Liquid Swords. Not a direct music comparison, but an idea of how genuine this feels.
But there are a few boys in corner of the room, grinning, nodding their heads, and maybe gurning a little. They asking me - "jeez, man...what is this ? You gonna make me a copy yesterday boy." One of them invariably walks home with the cd. I've bought the thing more than twice.
Unfortunately, like many others, Nas included, Mobb Deep were not able to follow this up. But they did capture something special and unique in this album. I can't believe they were nineteen years old at the time. If I'm ever feeling stressed, aggressive or just done with the city, this is the music that calms me down. Check 'Survival of the Fittest', 'Hectic', or 'Shook Ones'.
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