Mobb Deep - Infamy (140 Gram Vinyl, Download Insert) [Explicit Content] (2LP)
Though Havoc and Prodigy, the east coast duo known as Mobb Deep, have been famed since the mid-1990s as one of the most intense, powerful outfits on the hardcore gangsta rap scene, they've never resorted to in-your-face delivery or over-the-top production. In a sonic tradition continued on INFAMY, the two heavyweight rappers prefer to take a deadpan approach to their delivery of unrelenting, gritty lyrics that describe the thug life with detail and candor. Likewise, the production eschews party-hearty jeep beats for a subtle, often almost seductive sound that finds room for lilting female vocals, R&B grooves, and twinkling keyboard atmospheres. While INFAMY finds Mobb Deep losing none of their signature lyrical fire, neither have they lost the ability to make their message more palatable via some exceptional production skills.