Mobb Deep, DJ Paul

By A Thread presents

Mobb Deep

DJ Paul

Fri, March 17, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Chicago, IL

$25.00 - $75.00

This event is 17 and over

Mobb Deep
Mobb Deep
Origins

Prodigy, Havoc, Killa Black (Havoc's older brother), Big Noyd, The Twins (Gambino and Scarface), Ty Nitty, Godfather Pt. III, Ty Maxx, Yambo, Gotti, Money No, Karate Joe, Stovo, and Littles all grew up
together.

Havoc & Prodigy started rhyming in the late 1980s when the duo met at the High School of Art and Design in New York City. Havoc took the role of producer and secondary MC, while Prodigy assumed the position of primary M.C. Originally dubbing themselves the Poetical Profits, the duo later changed its name to Mobb Deep in order to "reflect their reputation on the streets." In the group's early career, it released the single "Cop Hell." While members of the clique were only 17, the released its debut
album Juvenile Hell, which was led by the single "Peer Pressure." The album sold very poorly and was met with harsh reviews that wrote the duo off as just another hardcore group with little to distinguish them from the rest of the hip-hop world—especially with the group legal—despite production by DJ Premier and Large Professor. However, a few songs from Juvenile Hell gained a little recognition, such as "Hit It from the Back," "Locked in Spofford," and "Me and My Crew." Also in 1993, Havoc had a guest appearance in the critically acclaimed Black Moon album Enta Da Stage, on a song called "U Da Man."

Rise to success

While still at a young age, the duo catapulted itself to the top of the hardcore hip-hop scene through its straightforward narration of street life. As with their first lyrical production, Mobb Deep portrayed the struggles of living in New York City's Queensbridge Houses. Following its release, The Infamous became one of the most influential hip-hop albums of the East Coast hardcore hip-hop genre. The duo's production also was noticed as the beats were often hard- hitting and direct, a testament to Havoc, who produced the duo's tracks almost exclusively throughout their careers. Furthermore, the smash hit single "Shook Ones Pt. II" received criticalacclaim and was well-received within the hip hop community. Its third album, Hell on Earth was released in 1996, debuting at number six on the Billboard album chart. The album continued the duo's portrayal of harsh street life, while further pushing them to the forefront of the hardcore hip-hop scene, along with contemporary East Coast emcees such as The Notorious B.I.G., Wu- Tang Clan collective, Jay-Z, and fellow Queensbridge associate Nas.

In 1998, the duo collaborated with reggae dancehall rapper Bounty Killer on the track "Deadly Zone" for the soundtrack to Blade. In 1999, they released the highly anticipated Murda Muzik album. Despite extensive bootlegging (nearly thirty songs of unreleased material leaked onto the Internet) and countless delays, the album debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and quickly received platinumcertification—further highlighted by the popular single "Quiet Storm."

Shortly afterward, Prodigy released his long-awaited solo album H.N.I.C., in which the emcee collaborated with other artists (B.G., N.O.R.E.) and producers (including The Alchemist, Rockwilder, and Just Blaze). Shortly after the release of Murda Muzik, Jay-Z spoke out against the duo, leading to an increase in publicity. Rumor has it that Prodigy took issue with two Jay-Z lines that he felt were subliminal shots at Mobb Deep. One line from Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter states, "How dare you look at Jigga like I'm shook like boo," which he interpreted as a reference to "Shook Ones Pt. II." These remarks were compounded with a line from another one of Jay-Z's albums, Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life: "What the
deal is? (huh?)/Its like New York's been soft Ever since snoop came through and crushed the buildings," which Prodigy felt referenced Mobb Deep's beef with Tupac Shakur, Snoop, and Death Row Records. Later, at the Hot 97 Summer Jam show of 2001, Jay-Z performed "Takeover," which attacked Prodigy and was later re-recorded for his album The Blueprint. He also revealed photographs of a young Prodigy dressed up like Michael Jackson in 1983, although Jay-Z claimed it was 1988.

Changes

Mobb Deep subsequently released Infamy in 2001. The song "Burn" (featuring Vita) was perceived as a response to Jay-Z's diss on The Blueprint and "Crawlin'" Where Prodigy's two verses both mention Jay-Z. The album marked a major stylistic change that in which the duo moved away from the raw, minimalist, stripped-down beats of their hardcore roots toward more commercial fare with such songs as "Hey Luv (Anything)." This transition fostered accusations of "selling out" — upsetting many long-time fans who did not wish to see them veer away from the duo's original style.
Although these stylistic adjustments opened up Mobb Deep to a wider audience, many critics and fans credit Prodigy's feud with Jay-Z as damaging to Mobb Deep's gangsta image and record
sales (most evident when comparing the platinum-selling Murda Muzik to Infamy, which struggled to attain gold-record status). There were no retaliation dis records back from these emcees. In 2003, the group split with Loud Records and released Free Agents: The Murda Mix Tape, in which they proclaimed themselves as "free agents" and addressed the group's split with its old label and its
search for a new label. Jive Records signed the duo later in the year through a deal with the group's own imprint and subsequently released Amerikaz Nightmare in 2004, which was seen by the general hip-hop audience as a weaker release by the duo, resulting in poor sales and the group's subsequent departure from the label. Today, as a result of various mergers, all of Mobb Deep's studio albums from 1995-2004 are owned by Sony Music Entertainment.

G-Unit Records

In June 2005, Prodigy and Havoc announced that Mobb Deep had signed with 50 Cent's label G-Unit Records. 50 Cent had a connection to the duo, as he grew up in Queens and also had used Havoc as a producer for several different beats for G-Unit's, Lloyd Banks' and Tony Yayo's albums. Mobb Deep's album, titled Blood Money, was released on May 2, 2006. It features G-Unit members 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and Young Buck, as well as Mary J. Blige and Nate Dogg. On November 3, 2006, Mobb Deep became the first ever American hip-hop duo to perform in India, via VH1's Hip Hop Hustle.

On the 20th Anniversary of the classic album "The Infamous," Mobb Deep released their eighth studio album in April 2014. "The Infamous Mobb Deep" was released as a Deluxe Package that also included the critically acclaimed "The Infamous Sessions," a collection of unreleased tracks recorded during the original album's recording sessions in 1994; "The Infamous Sessions" feature unreleased verses by Nas, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.

2015 was a huge touring year for Mobb Deep: the duo took the live show to sold out venues across the world.

As the 20th Anniversary of yet another classic album, Murda Musik, approaches, Prodigy and Havoc are still consistently on the road while keeping their focus on upcoming projects. Havoc will soon release a solo album, as he continues to raise his profile as a producer (Kanye West's 2016 single "Real Friends" was co-produced by Havoc.) Prodigy is still helming his indi label, Infamous Records ; he is also in the process of releasing two new books via his own publishing company Infamous Books; the first book, Commissary Kitchen, is a "prison food" cookbook. The second title, The State vs. Albert "Prodigy" Johnson, is a chronological journey across the challenges he faced upon his return home after three and a half years spent in a state prison. Both books are slated for a Fall 2016 release.

For more information, please contact Roberta Magrini at Roberta@rm-pr.com.
DJ Paul
DJ Paul
DJ Paul of Academy Award winning group Three 6 Mafia
Venue Information:
The Portage Theater
4050 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL, 60641
http://www.portagetheater.org/Home/