“y’know how we did on The Infamous album, right? / Aight, we gonna do it again son"
Have a feeling this might not be the most original of choices, but the anniversary of Prodigy’s death made me dig it out, as well as the Drake and Pusha T spat which had me digging through some classic diss tracks. I was reminded that Mobb Deep went ahead and put Drop A Gem On Em on this album, despite Tupac being shot dead a few months before. Brutal.
Love the production on this. Sounds crisper than The Infamous but simultaneously has quite a woozy sound. I find it a really absorbing listen. Great storytellers.
Nice selection of features too. Interesting to watch the different trajectories of Nas and Mobb Deep after their breakthrough albums. Live N__ Rap_ from It Was Written I discovered was actually recorded for this album, but Nas was adamant that he wanted it.
Added the Pre Hell EP as a bonus as some of you may not have heard it. Mobb Deep have some of the deepest of deep cuts and I think this EP is great example. Rep The Q.B.C. is one of the hardest Havoc beats ever. Would have been interesting if some of these had made the album. In The Long Run was actually included on an enhanced version of the CD that you had to use a computer to listen to. Was going to dig out the CD and see if it still worked but alas I not longer have a laptop with a DVD drive so it was not to be.
Anyway. Whether or not you’ve heard it before, enjoy duns!