The Infamous

The Infamous

by Mobb Deep
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The Infamous

One of the cornerstones of the New York hardcore movement, The Infamous is Mobb Deep's masterpiece, a relentlessly bleak song cycle that's been hailed by hardcore rap fans as one of the most realistic gangsta albums ever recorded. Given Mobb Deep's youthful age and art-school background, it's highly unlikely that The Infamous is drawn strictly from real-life experience, yet it's utterly convincing, because it has all the foreboding atmosphere and thematic sweep of an epic crime drama. That's partly because of the cinematic vision behind the duo's detailed narratives, but it's also a tribute to how well the raw, grimy production evokes the world that Mobb Deep is depicting. The group produced the vast majority of the album itself, with help on a few tracks from the Abstract (better known as Q-Tip), and establishes a spare, throbbing, no-frills style indebted to the Wu-Tang Clan. This is hard, underground hip-hop that demands to be met on its own terms, with few melodic hooks to draw the listener in. Similarly, there's little pleasure or relief offered in the picture of the streets Mobb Deep paints here: They inhabit a war zone where crime and paranoia hang constantly in the air. Gangs are bound together by a code of fierce loyalty, relying wholly on one another for survival in a hopeless environment. Hostile forces -- cops, rivals, neighborhood snitches -- are potentially everywhere, and one slip around the wrong person can mean prison or death. There's hardly any mention of women, and the violence is grim, serious business, never hedonistic. Pretty much everything on the album contributes to this picture, but standouts among the consistency include "Survival of the Fittest," "Eye for a Eye," "Temperature's Rising," "Cradle to the Grave," and the classic "Shook Ones, Pt. 2." The product of an uncommon artistic vision, The Infamous stands as an all-time gangsta/hardcore classic.

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Release Date: 04/25/1995
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078636648026
catalogNumber: 66480
Rank: 17560

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The Infamous 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This item is misleading. Nowhere is stated that the LP has a black cover and not picture. Very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this album is probably the best rap album of all time. the beats are dope, the lyrics are dope, everything on this album is DOPE! these guys know how to tell a story, not just spew random s%^&. each song takes you on a journey through street life. definetily pick this one up if youre even the slightest fan of rap.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a classic gangsta album prod and hav did a great job......
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just one listen and you will understand why this album is regarded as one of the best of all time. Songs such as ''Give Up The Goods'', ''Temperatures Risin'' and ''Up North Trip'' are great beats and ''Shook Ones'' just is amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to hip hop since the days of public enemy,and this is hands down,the best album I have ever heard.The best delivery,most authentic,most unique beats I have ever heard.The lyrics are absolutely phenominal.This is the only cd I can listen to the whole way through
Guest More than 1 year ago
Following in the footsteps of Kool G Rap and Rakim, the Infamous Duo show their lyrical style by releasing an album all true hip hop heads should already have by now. This album is filled with song after song of hard hitting beats accompanied by hard hitting lyrics. A must to have in your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Easily one of the top three joints that came out in 95. Mobb's first joint was decent but this is the one that really established these cats. Prodigy is a beast and Havoc's also rips as well as being behind the boards. The production is also hot courtesy of Havoc and Q Tip. The only flaw on this joint is all the talking before Survival of the Fittest. The cameos from Nas, Raekwon, Ghostface,and Q Tip are excellent. Even though the first was not bad, the Infamous is looked upon as Mobb's first album. This is arguably Mobb Deep's best album. Peace to the Infamous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago