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

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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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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PICS: Nicki Minaj, Drake & Lil Wayne Shoot the “Only” Video

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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Nicki, Drake and Wayne recently got together to shoot the official video for “Only”. I don’t see Chris Brown or any Nazi regalia anywhere so I would imagine this clip will be somewhat less controversial than the lyric video.

More pics below.

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Video: P. Reign’s Dear America Mixtape/EP Release Party in Toronto

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

We’ve been steady supporting the Scarborough rapper for a few years now, but 2014 officially marked the release of his long-delayed Dear America EP/mixtape, which had suffered a few pushbacks up until its release.

Last week in Toronto, P. Reign/REPS UP held the official release party at Lost & Found in Toronto with Drake DJ’ing and had all of his cohorts in attendance: OB O’Brien, PARTYNEXTDOOR and he even brought out Toronto rap legend Kardinal Offishall.

Congrats to Preme. I’m aggie I had to miss this. These guys know how to fucking live. Check out more flicks below.

Previously: P. Reign ft. Drake & Future – DnF

UPDATED: Beanie Sigel Released From Prison

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Beans back. Sigel has reportedly been released from federal custody. There’s not a whole lot of info on his release as of yet except for this pic from Philly’s HipHopSince1987, but we’ll update as info becomes available.

UPDATED: Confirmed by Spade-O

More pics below.

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PIC: Kanye & North in the Studio

Monday, August 4th, 2014

When do you ever see ‘Ye with such a sincere smile? #RapDad

Previously: Kanye West Freestyles at Fat Beats Opening (Extended)

Remy Ma is Home

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Thanx 4 all the luv #I’mAroundFollow

Remy back. After a slight delay she was released this afternoon at 3. Apparently she’s not wasting a minute, here she is meeting with DJ Khaled and stunting in the Lambo.

UPDATED: New music is here.

I had a busy first day #ImAroundFollow

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Picture Perfect with Alexander Richter

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

It’s time for another edition of Picture Perfect, and this week, we linked up with professional hip-hop photographer and amazing all-around artistic talent Alexander Richter to break down some of the most iconic photos from his many years of capturing images of our favorite rap stars. Without knowing it, you’ve probably seen Alexander’s work all over your Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook feeds, and definitely on blogs like NahRight. And that’s not by accident. Dude makes phenomenal pictures, straight up, and they’ve been used for everything from album covers to press junkets to feature stories in magazines in the U.S. and overseas, and in turn have spread like wildfire to make a major impact online as well (whether he’s been properly credited or not). Read below as Alexander Richter takes us behind the lens to discuss these ten timeless photos he’s made of rap stars—from 50 Cent to Mac Miller to The Clipse—in detail. As you will find out, there’s way more to it than just point and click. Respect the shooter.

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Picture Perfect with Retch

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

When it was time to choose someone to set off our new feature series Picture Perfect, where we get the stories behind our favorite artists’ Instagram flicks, it was a no-brainer to holler at Retch. Not only is Retch one of the dopest young rappers out right now (peep his latest project Polo Sporting Goods produced entirely by Thelonious Martin for proof), but his IG feed is off the chain. Whether he’s posting pics of him and his homies smoking excessive amounts of weed and/or hanging with the waviest of females, posing with your favorite hip-hop personalities (and the occasional movie star), or piecing together hilarious videos of nighttime moves through NYC, Retchy P’s been consistently killing it on the ‘Gram. So we connected with him earlier this week to get some insight into a dozen of his most compelling pics, and we also asked him to choose his favorite video clip from his recent IG footage. Here’s our first ever Picture Perfect with Retch, and yes, it’s lit!

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PIC: Nas & Jay-Z Backstage at Coachella

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Beyonce has been sharing some pics from her and Jay’s time at Coachella over the past couple of weekends and among them was this black and white shot of Hov and Nas shooting the shit during some downtime.

Hit the jump for a few more candids, including a couple of shots of Jay doing it the ski mask way.

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PIC: Kid Cudi On The Set of Entourage Movie

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

As previously reported, Kid Cudi will have a role in HBO’s new Entourage flick and today he appeared on set in a picture with the movie’s writer/director Doug Ellin.

Previously: Kid Cudi ft. Skylar Grey – Hero