Today In Hip Hop History: Prodigy Releases ‘H.N.I.C. 3’

Three years ago today, Prodigy dropped the third addition to the “H.N.I.C. Series”

The debut solo album by NYC crime rhyme rapper Prodigy of the Hip Hop duo Mobb Deep was released on November 14, 2000. After four Mobb Deep albums, Prodigy took a temporary break from the group projects and released his first solo LP for The “H.N.I.C. Series”, which is an acronym for “Head Nigga In Charge” for those who are unfamiliar with the term.

H.N.I.C 2 was released on April 22, 2008. H.N.I.C. 3 is the third solo studio LP dropped by Prodigy, today July 3rd, in 2012 under P’s Infamous Records imprint. The album features guest appearances from N.O.R.E., Wiz Khalifa, T.I., Havoc and with production from The Alchemist and even T.I. The Deluxe edition, with four bonus tracks, had an alternate cover and check out the H.N.I.C. 3 Mixtape on DatPiff


-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

Today In Hip Hop History: Mobb Deep Release ‘The Infamous’ LP 20 Years Ago

20 years ago today Hip Hop duo Mobb Deep released thier 2nd LP The Infamous

Today, April 25, 2015, marks 20 years for Mobb Deep‘s 2nd studio album The Infamous. The LP was released on Loud Records and dropped in ’95, when the Queens MCs created a hood classic that would set the trend for 90s Hip Hop. 20 years later it can still be heard in the club, streets and now digitally everywhere. The Infamous was self-produced by Havoc and Prodigy, Matt Life, Schott Free and Q-Tip (credited as the Abstract).

Q-Tip definitely bent his style a little bit to get with what we was doing. Like with “Drink Away the Pain” you see him trying to get gangsta with it.”

The album spent 18 weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart peaking at number 15, spent 34 weeks on the Top RandB/Hip Hop Albums chart peaking at number three and went certified Gold in sales by the RIAA. In its initial review, The Source gave The Infamous four and a half out of five “mics”, with Dimitry Leger stating,

Mobb Deep earn credibility, winning the crucial battle between style and substance, who’s real and who’s a move-faker. Havoc and Prodigy simply report what they know.” salutes Mobb Deep for an “infamous” work of art with “The Infamous” album; check out the gallery below…


Today In Hip Hop History: Mobb Deep Releases Debut LP “Juvenile Hell”

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.

-Curt Cramer (@CurtisRemarc)

All 15 G-Unit LPs, Ranked From Worst To Best

In honor of G-Unit releasing their new EP, The Beast Is G-Unit, we at The Source decided to rank all the albums that came out on G-Unit Records throughout the years. There were a total of 15 studio albums released from the likes of Game, Tony Yayo, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, and legendary Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep, and while some of them were legendary, some were pretty obvious misses. We ranked them from worst to best, here.

-Ulysses Achonye (@XSlurRtyX)

Today In Hip Hop History: Mobb Deep Drops Their ‘Hell On Earth’ Album 18 Years Ago

The dynamic duo from QB released their third full length studio LP 18 years ago today

On this date in 1996, the “infamous” crew from Mobb Deep dropped album number three entitled Hell On Earth. The Mobb-produced project was released under the epic Loud/RCA imprint introduced many of the extended QB/Mobb family including raspy voiced Twin Gambino, Big Noyd, and a few others. Hav and P enlisted some of the game’s top dogs of the time for this album including their QB brethren Nas, Wu’s Raekwon the Chef and Method Man.

This certified gold classic was unquestionably a part of the East Coast arsenal against the West Coast during the height of the rivalry, with tracks such as the title track, “Still Shinin'”, and of course, “Drop A Gem On ‘Em”, sending overt threats at Tupac Shakur and his cohorts. Other standout joints include “G.O.D. Pt.III”, where Prodigy drops some street knowledge, “Blood Sport”, and “Give It Up Fast” featuring Noyd and Nas.
This album was also the project that confirmed Havoc’s skills as a producer, which led to several other projects outside of the Mobb.

Salute to P, Hav, Noyd, Gotti, Twin, Ty Nitty ,Nas, Rae, Meth, Steve Rifkind, and everyone else involved with this classic album!

-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)

(Video) The Official SOURCE360 Experience 2014: Unsigned Hype

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Flashback Friday: Then And Now


Take a nostalgic trip to 1994 when some of the most classic albums to date were released and then fast forward to 2014 to hear some of the most played albums and tracks of the year so far.

This Flashback Friday we take a look at some old, some new and some classics that have stood the test of time and define longevity within hip-hop. Then we bring it forward 20 years to hip-hop today, with the albums and tracks that have dominated the year of 2014, so far. From OutKast and Nas to Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q here are 10 tracks from then and now that showcase the wonderfully dynamic world of Hip-Hop over two decades.

Nas Illmatic

Then: The one and only Illmatic. This debut album from Nas was released in April 1994 and is recognized, globally, as a masterpiece based on the lyricists life experiences in Queensbridge. Illmatic is an influential album that remains a classic to many hip-hop heads 20 years on.

Mobb Deep The Infamous Mobb Deep

Now: Havoc and Prodigy, the Infamous Mobb Deep released their eighth studio album in April this year. The album is combined of unreleased tracks and some new and original material. ‘‘Taking You Off Here’’  was the first single to be released from the album.

OutKast Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

Then: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was the debut album from Andre 3000 and Big Boi, together they are known as, OutKast. Released in April 1994, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik went platinum and to this day remains a significant body of work that has stood the test of time within hip-hop.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Piñata

Now: Putting rapper, Freddie Gibbs and producer, Madlib (who produced the entire album) together was one of the highlights in the genre of Hip-Hop this year. The album Piñata, was released earlier this year and received universally – and well deserved – positive reviews.

Common Sense Resurrection

Then: A few years after being recognized as The Source’s Unsigned Hype act, Common Sense released Resurrection. An album still noted, to some, as the rappers best album to date. Although the album did not gain as much mainstream attention as Like water For Chocolate it was recognized for the impressive word play and lyricism throughout the entire album.

Common Nobody’s Smiling

Now: Conscious rapper Common addressed a number of issues surrounding the crime and violence in Chigago with Nobody’s Smiling. A tribute to his home town, the 10th studio album, produced by No. I.D featured guest appearances from Big Sean, Jhene Aiko, Vince Staples, Dreezy and others and gave us moments of nostalgia with tracks like ‘‘Rewind That.’’

Warren G Regulate…G Funk Era

Then: Dropping in the peak of the G Funk era this album sold 3 million copies in the US and went triple platinum. The West Coast rapper’s most notable track, ‘‘Regulate’’ with Nate Dogg is widely recognized as the standout track for both rappers as the track had a hand in dominating the summer of 1994.

Schoolboy Q Oxymoron

Now: A new classic in gangsta rap. Oxymoron, released in February, depicts candid moments and tales from TDE’s, Schoolboy Q. The album is the sound of a West Coast rappers thoughts, stories and adversities in the face of trials and tribulations.

The Notorious B.I.G Ready to Die

Then: In September of 1994 The Notorious B.I.G gave the world his debut album Ready To die. The singles won awards and the album was recognized commercially while obtaining quadruple platinum sales. The album showcased poignant story-telling success while capturing moments of life that surrounded him on a daily basis. Another classic album 20 years on.

Ab-Soul These Days

Now: These Days is the third studio album released in June this year. Full of enlightenment the album has made it to many people’s top albums of the year (so far). Following on from the acclaimed Control Systems, Ab-Soul continued to lyrically awaken us with his concept and insight into a complex mind.


No God Flow

Brooklyn native, Julian Rhine is an enigma of sorts. Beginning his career as the White Rhino, Julian had a successful start with performances from New York to Vegas as well as his music video for the song Stunning received over 100k hits on youtube. He has also performed at SXSW, CMJ Festivals, opened for Macklemore, Mobb Deep, R.A. The Rugged Man and more.

Julian Rhine’s new single No God Flow is a reflection of his east coast musical roots with his request for social justice. The song, like Julian, is bizarre, energetic, full of life and sound and passion. But Stunning provides more of a contemporary sound and message that would be more easy for the public to digest.

Take a look at the visuals for Stunning, then take a listen to No God Flow on soundcloud.