Havoc Speaks on Prodigy’s Passing

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Over the past couple of days there has been an immense outpouring of support and condolences for the family and friends of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy after his untimely passing earlier this week due to complications from sickle-cell anemia. Today we hear from P’s longtime partner and one of his closest friends, Havoc.

In a video statement he provided to TMZ, Hav explains how he first heard that P had been admitted to a Las Vegas hospital and the subsequent rumors of his passing, but didn’t think much of it because of the frequency of Prodigy’s hospital visits over the course of his life.

He eventually got the confirmation from their road manager after leaving his son’s graduation ceremony and nearly broke down while driving. Hav is understandably distraught after losing a friend and creative partner he’s known since they were 15 years old and says he’s having a hard time even listening to any Mobb music or looking at photographs of P.

Watch below.

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Havoc – Royal

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016


Here’s a new solo Havoc record produced by Philly Wreck called “Royal”.

Check it out below.

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Mobb Deep – Tim Westwood Freestyle (2000)

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016


Here’s Prodigy going off for a good 20 minutes over a bunch of classic instrumentals back in 2000 on Tim Westwood’s show.

Listen below.

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Havoc & Alchemist – The Silent Partner

Friday, May 20th, 2016


Havoc and Alchemist are two of the most notable producers of our time and their creative paths have intersected more times than we can count over the last 15 years or so. Today they cover new ground with the release of their new joint EP, The Silent Partner. The 11-track offering features guest verses from Prodigy, Cormega and Method Man, and there’s no way this isn’t going to be a good listen.

Stream below and head over to iTunes to pick up a copy of the EP proper or the instrumental version. I’ve also included Hav’s new segment on Mass Appeal’s “Rhythm Roulette” below for your viewing pleasure.

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Havoc & Alchemist ft. Method Man – Buck 50’s & Bullet Wounds

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016


Havoc, Alchemist and Method Man come together on a filthy new track called “Buck 50’s & Bullet Wounds” off the upcoming album The Silent Partner, due out May 20th.

Listen below.

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Mobb Deep – Way I Am Freestyle

Monday, December 28th, 2015


For this week’s installment of DJ Absolut’s #MixtapeMondays, he liberates a freestyle from Havoc and Prodigy over Eminem’s “The Way I Am” instrumental.

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MoSS ft. Onyx & Havoc – Nobody Move

Friday, October 16th, 2015


Toronto producer MoSS unleashes the latest single from his debut album, Marching To The Sound of My Own Drum, which arrives on November 13th. On “Nobody Move,” Fredro, Sticky Fingaz and Havoc of Mobb Deep lay down some intimidating verses over one of MoSS’s ill drum patterns. The album will features guest appearances from Sean Price, Inspectah Deck, Joell Ortiz, Skyzoo, Willie The Kid, Guilty Simpson, Termanology, Peedi Crack and several others. Check out the full tracklist below.

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Video: Gangrene ft. Havoc & Sean Price – Sheet Music

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Alchemist and Oh No drop a brand new visual for “Sheet Music”, featuring Havoc and the late Sean P, from their new album You Digust Me.

Previously: Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh No) – You Disgust Me (Album Stream) | Sean Price – Planet Apes

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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Sean Price ft. Havoc – Anderson Silva

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


Sean Price and Havoc join forces for “Anderson Silva” produced by Alkota.

Previously: Sean Price Parodies Funkmaster Flex