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One of the grimiest rap records of the '90s, The Infamous is an undisputed classic just as crucial as The Chronic and Illmatic. Though not their official debut (that would be 1993's decent if uneven Juvenile Hell), this is the album that really established the Mobb as pioneers of unadulterated New York thug-rap. The cinematic combination of Havoc's plodding, hypnotic beat work and Prodigy's ice-cold, menacing lyricism transports you to the harrowing hallways of Queensbridge Houses — the largest projects in the U.S. — where remorseless murder and blatant narcotics transactions were an everyday occurrence. Absolutely loaded with timeless songs, including standards like "Shook Ones, Pt. II," "Give Up The Goods (Just Step)," and "Trife Life," it also flaunts some great cameos from like-minded emcees such as Wu-Tang's Raekwon the Chef and fellow QB representatives Nas and Big Noyd. Released at a time when mainstream rap was dominated by the watery synths and low-rider imagery of California G-Funk, The Infamous plays like a sinister cousin from the East Coast; that mentally unstable dude who just got out of jail and is quietly plotting his next blood-drenched crime spree.

Customer Reviews


I was going through my music the other day and decided to listen to some old albums and re-rate them. I gave pretty much every song on this album a 5-rating back then, and after listening to this album again, it only re-affirmed my previous beliefs and made me want to rate this even higher, sadly, on a scale of 1-5 there is no 6, if there was, I'd give this album that rating. This is one of my favorite albums of all time, any genre, doesn't matter. This is also one of the best rap albums of all time. I put it right under Ready to Die, Reasonable Doubt, Sittin' on Chrome, The Chronic and Illmatic. It's somewhere up there, a bonafide classic. Anyone who has listened to this album and doesn't call it NY rap perfection is smoking. 5 out of 5.

This album would steamroll over any new album.

Nuff Said.

a classic

the infamous is one fo the best rap albums of all time. it embodies everything that the hardcore rap genre was. both prodigy and havoc are great emcees. you can tell that when mobb deep describes things going on in the projects, they're for real. they've been there and it makes their songs even more credible plus they are fine lyricists. overall, just an incredible album. HIGHLY recomended for any hip hop fan.


Formed: 1992 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

As golden age rap suddenly gave way to West Coast gangsta in the early '90s, an East Coast variety of hardcore rap arose in turn, with Mobb Deep initially standing tall as one of New York's hardcore figureheads on the basis of their epochal album The Infamous. Released in April 1995, The Infamous was released almost exactly a year after Illmatic and about a half year after Ready to Die — the debut masterpieces of Nas and the Notorious B.I.G., respectively, both albums likewise of momentous...
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