Juvenile Hell was the first album by duo Mobb Deep that paved the path for many other East Coast rappers of their genre
Dubbed as one of the most acclaimed East coast rap duos of all time, MCs Havoc and Prodigy came together to release their first album, Juvenile Hell on this day, April 13, 1993. Hailing from Queensbridge in New York City, Mobb Deep was rather young when they released their first album, at the early age of 19.
At the time of its’ release, Juvenile Hell wasn’t received on groundbreaking levels. The new sound of the duo was too hardcore for some, very street oriented, and the album provided one major single entitled “Hit it from the Back”; which peaked at 18 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart that same year. It wouldn’t be until later that Mobb Deep would become a Hip Hop classic and household name. In time they have gained longevity with their sound inspiring practically all other east coast rappers of their caliber. Had it not been for their first album, and their street poetry over tracks produced by the likes of DJ Premier and Large Professor, the map would never have been drawn for much of the major East Coast sound.
It’s finally happening again. The producer is getting the recognition and power he/she deserves in Hip-Hop. Hit-Boy, Statik, and Mustard led the way with some phenomenal compilation projects. Now it’s time for Chicago’s A-Villa to take that torch. For the next single off of his upcoming Carry On Tradition (11/4), A-Villa enlists some of the greatest storytellers to share a day in the life of their earlier days. The project via Closed Sessions will also feature Killer Mike, Lil’ Fame, Action Bronson, Big K.R.I.T., Roc Marciano, N.O.R.E., Fashawn, Freddie Gibbs, Kool G Rap, and many more.
A-Villa reveals how the track came about below:
When I originally made the beat, it was just a main melody loop of strings and keys with some programmed drums over it. Sonically, I was inspired by Raekwon & Ghostface’s song “Heaven & Hell”, but I wanted to make it an introspective record about a hustler’s come up from the street life to the rap game. And as time passed, I kept going back to the beat and adding more elements. I chopped the melody up more, I played live drums over it, and I wrote a hook that I felt required a female vocalist. So I reached out to the best female vocalist I knew, Macie Stewart, formerly of the popular group Kids These Days. She came to the studio, re-worked the hook, and added some beautiful harmonies throughout. I then sent the beat to AZ, who I knew would set off the track in a classic way. He rapped from the perspective of a hustler that survived the game, did it his way, and is now living the good life. That same approach and theme continued on with Havoc of Mobb Deep and Freeway, both of whom added their own personal narrative to a day in the life of a hustler. Lastly, I orchestrated even more live instrumentation into the track with Graham Burris playing some bass guitar and some live horns at the end by Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, also formerly of the group Kids These Days.
Saturday night was a historic one for the culture at #SOURCE360
The only thing preventing the roof from coming off of The Barclays Center last night at the 1st annual #SOURCE360 Concert was the infrastructure itself. Quite honestly, everyone inside made sure they did everything they could to make it happen. From the onset, with great opening performances from two of the brightest independent rappers in the game–Dom Kennedy and Curren$y–and an incredible set from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, there waasn’t a dull moment in sight, and the crowd fed the artists with energy all night.
The Diplomats began what was a scintillating stretch for New York rap at #SOURCE360, and with Lil’ Kim and the official Wu-Tang Clan reunion to follow, one could sense the anxiety in the crowd. If the tension could be represented with a rope, it would be so taut one would be able to cut it with a dull scissors. Classics upon classics–that’s what Lil’ Kim brought to the stage, including a special guest appearance from both Maino and Havoc of Mobb Deep. The Queen Bee had it all: Shmoney dancing, twerking, vicious bars (All About The Benjamins, Money, Power, Respect), and a stage presence that most female emcees–in fact, any emcee–would envy no matter how long they’ve been rapping. She didn’t take the opportunity to drop any subtle hints or dis shots at Iggy Azalea, or Nicki Minaj, which is what most expected, but rather stepped up to the plate and killed it.
Prior to Lil’ Kim, The Diplomats hit the stage, all four of them (Freekey Zekey included) and performed some of their classics: “Dipset Anthem”, “Oh Boy”, “Salute”, “We Fly High”, and that’s just to name a few. There couldn’t be a better lead into the Wu-Tang Clan reunion. Two of New York’s most important and genre-defining eras showcasing exactly why they mean so much to this culture on stage at the biggest venue in New York’s hottest borough. It was truly a night to be remembered.
The Wu-Tang Clan reunion had been talked about for quite some time, but none of the hype, promotion or advertisement–not even the quote the RZA fed the New York Times about the moment–prepared anybody for the moment the RZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Raekwon, Cappadonna, and the rest of the surviving members of The Wu-Tang Clan hit the stage at The Barclays Center. It wasn’t 4 or 5 of the members, and 1 or 2 of the members didn’t happen to “forget” to show up to the venue. All 9 of them, on the stage. Strong and united–yes, even RZA and Raekwon. Don’t believe us? Check out some of our different social media footage and pictures, and get ready for some high-definition recap footage very soon.
Queensbridge’s legendary duo, Mobb Deep, haven’t released new material in close to a decade. Thankfully, fans won’t have to wait much longer for some fresh music; their upcoming album, The Infamous Mobb Deep, has been slated to drop on April 1st and this time it isn’t a joke. It will be a seventeen track project, with features from Snoop Dogg, Juicy J, The Lox, Bun B, Busta Rhymes, and French Montana—making it one of the more marquee street records out of New York in sometime.
This morning, the group took to their twitter to announce that the full album was no available to stream on Pandora. That’s right, you don’t have to wait another week to hear Havoc and Prodigy dismantle some solid production, just click play. If you are a longtime listener, you need to check it out immediately.
Queens duo, Mobb Deep stopped by theHuffington Post to announce the release of their new album The Infamous Mobb Deep that’s set to drop in March 2014. The Queens MCs are back to celebrate 20 years in the game by releasing the album and touring for their fans around the country.
The project will be a double-disc album and will feature new music and 10 unreleased tracks from their debut album The Infamous. Look out for unreleased verses from greats such as Nas, Raekwon, GhostFace Killah and more. Prodigy and Havoc will be hitting the road in support of their new album starting Friday, January 10, 2014 in San Diego, CA. The infamous duo plan on hitting 31 cities across North America. This is a great day for hip-hop & Mobb Deep fans all over. Are you going to hit up the tour?? Check their website for tour dates and see when the duo will be in your city.
Havoc has been putting in work this year! After going on tour with Capital P for the Mobb Deep 20th Anniversary, Havoc put out a solo album entitled 13. The album which is now in stores now has guest appearances from Royce Da 5’9,”Raekwon, Lloyd Banks, Styles P and more.
Havoc premiered a brand new video today from 13, “Eyes Open” and it features Chicago MC Twista over a knockin’beat from Havoc.