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NahRight x UpNorthTrips Present: Memory Lane, a Digital Museum of Mobb Deep’s The Infamous

Friday, April 24th, 2015


Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara) with additional reporting from Evan Auerbach (@UpNorthTrips)

Mobb Deep were legends far before anything they created touched wax. The two met each other in high school when a young Prodigy witnessed his eventual rap partner fighting a kid twice his size in the school yard. Outmatched by size and the fact that his nemesis had a knife, Havoc dipped every swing and eventually won the bout. There was no such thing as Mobb Deep back then. Poetical Prophets didn’t even exist. It was just Albert and Kejuan. At the time, P was perusing a solo career but that quickly changed after meeting Hav. All connections he made and access to free studio time disolved once potential labels found out that any ink-to-contract came with also signing a then unknown lyrical accomplice.

The duo would eventually land on 4th & Broadway in 1992 and release their debut Juvenile Hell album a year later. The project was widely regarded as a flop and Mobb Deep was dropped from their first label later that year. Only 17 at the time, each have admitted in retrospect that their immaturity and work ethic weren’t all the way there when recording their first LP. Luckily, they would have a second chance. That re-up would be The Infamous.

The Mobb’s sophomore effort developed in a manner similar to their own childhood. It was cultivated in the cramped confides of Hav’s childhood home in building 41-15 and later brought to the studio for further development. Q-Tip, who originally helped Mobb Deep obtain their first deal with the Def Jam offshoot label, would become one of The Infamous’ masterminds. Every scratchy sample spawned by Havoc’s MPC 16 and every cold-blooded verse from Prodigy’s barbarous delivery was amplified by the A Tribe Called Quest producer. He, along with the Mobb, put together one of the darkest albums the genre has ever seen and arguably the best sonic representation of the place they called home.

The Infamous was released on April 25, 1995 but it was a body of work that represented the short lived triumphs and struggles Mobb Deep had faced since officially joining forces in 1991. It was the cultivation of learned lessons both musically and in life during the four years previous. The album represented the transition from a written off, immature duo to the makings of what would become one of hip-hop music’s preeminent groups. NahRight recently spoke to numerous key players involved in crafting The Infamous, including P and Hav. To best understand the album, where it came from and the people who made it what it was, we also gathered photos and key audio to accompany stories about its formation and lasting impact. Or a trip down “Memory Lane,” as Nas would put it.

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Video: Vinny Cha$e & Kid Art – Medu$a

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

New music from Vinny and Kid Art off the upcoming Trapper Keeper mixtape.

Previously: Vinny Cha$e & Kid Art – 1 Of 1 (Prod. by Harry Fraud)

Video: A.Ware – Believer

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

A.Ware of Mach 5 drops a new video for his recently released track “Believer”. This will appear on the Midnight Strangers EP, due April 28th.

Previously: A.Ware ft. Trinidad James – One Time

Video: Da Mafia 6ix ft. La Chat – No Good Deed

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Off Da Mafia 6ix’s new album, Watch What U Wish, which is available on iTunes now.

Previously: Da Mafia 6ix ft. La Chat & Fiend – Dat Ain’t In Ya (Video)

Video: Chase N. Cashe – Stop Playin

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Chase implores you to stop playing games and go out and get yours in his new visual showcasing the city of New Orleans. Off last year’s The Best There Is… project.

Previously: Chase N. Cashe – The Flip Vol. 2

Vic Mensa Talks Roc Nation Deal, Working with Kanye

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Speaking to Justin Credible at LA’s Power 106, Vic Mensa speaks on his just annouced new deal with Roc Nation. He explains how Lenny S helped pull the agreement together, building with Jay Z, rocking Coachella, bringin “U Mad” to Kanye and more. He also shows off his fresh Roc-a-Fella neck tattoo and recalls ducking threw President Obama’s backyard in Chicago one night while running from the police.

Previously: Vic Mensa ft. Kanye West – U Mad

Denzel Curry ft. N3LL & JK the Reaper – Bwoii

Monday, April 20th, 2015


Curry drops off “Bwoii” which features fellow Floridian N3LL and North Carolina’s JK The Reaper. This is the first single from the Planet Shrooms portion of Denzel’s upcoming double EP, 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms.

Previously: Denzel Curry ft. Mike Dece – Ice Age (Video)

Kanye Covers PAPER Magazine

Monday, April 20th, 2015


Kanye graces the new April 2015 issue of PAPER magazine and for the cover story he penned an essay that is ostensibly about the sometimes elusive American Dream. It does touch on that, but like any good Kanye discourse, it’s also all over the place.

Check out a couple of choice quotes below and read the full piece here.

On giving gems to the new generation of artists:

I think it’s so important for me, as an artist, to give Drake as much information as I can, A$AP, Kendrick, Taylor Swift, any of these younger artists as much information as I can to make better music in the future. We should all be trying to make something that’s better.

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Video: Future – Where I Came From

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Here’s the latest visual from Future for the Zaytoven produced “Where I Came From”, off the Beast Mode mixtape.

You can catch him the upcoming Jungle Tour with Drake, plus his own MonsterVsBeastMode Tour starting later this month.

Previously: Future ft. Lil Wayne – Fuck Up Some Commas (Remix)

Video: 2 Chainz Smokes Out of a $10,000 Bong

Monday, April 20th, 2015

After a couple of absurd episodes, 2 Chainz comes back down to earth (before promptly blasting back off) on the latest episode of GQ’s Most Expensivest Shit with some hits from a bong that will set you back 10 racks.

Previously: DJ Self ft. 2 Chainz – Get Away Freestyle