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During its mid-'90s heyday, Mobb Deep was the dictionary definition of East Coast thug rap. It was arguably New York's best criminal-minded hip-hop group, creating a sound that would directly influence dozens of other crews, plus its own affiliated artists like Big Noyd and Infamous Mobb. Havoc and Prodigy had co-starring roles in the East-vs.-West beef, the Kim-vs.-Foxy beef, and the Jay-vs.-Nas beef, not to mention their own verbal wars with Keith Murray and (briefly) each other. Although many longtime fans started to dismiss Mobb Deep after the post-millennial R&B debacle "Hey Luv (Anything)" and an ill-fated partnership with 50 Cent and G Unit, the duo still has several great albums and two untouchable classics (The Infamous and Hell on Earth) in its deep discography; both of those are well-represented here. The second half of this is hit-or-miss, but signature tracks like "Shook Ones (Pt. II)," "Quiet Storm," and "Survival of the Fittest" still sound amazing.

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real hip hop. mobb deep been doin it 4 years, one of the realest groups ever in hip hop

mobb deep

best of mobb deep--killa street poetry--wicked bomb beats--prodigy and havoc are two of the best...word up!!

I'm a little dissapointed...

I would like to start out by saying that Mobb Deep is probably my second favorite rap(group) after Nas. I have been listening to Mobb Deep for over ten years so I am a longtime diehard fan. That being said, I was a little disappointed, as I'm sure many Mobb Deep aficionados were, about the track listing for this "greatest hits" album. First of all, there was only one track from their highest selling album to date,"Murda Muzik."This happens to be my favorite album of theirs. Grant It, I have not heard much off of "the Infamous"but I truly see this album as a haphazard mix cd thrown together by an A&R douchebag sitting in an office in New York. Where are the "Hell on Earth" gems?(no pun intended)Where is 'Extortion'? Where is Eye for an Eye? Drop a Gem on 'Em? Street's Raised Me? I would have Instead of leaving out all the older, much, much, much better classics from their early work, have left out the Infamy on to Amerikaz Nightmare garbage. Don't get me wrong, I like all of MD's music but compared to the HOE and MM tracks, the G-unit stuff is pure garbage. They should have stayed free agents!!


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 significance...
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