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

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-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

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)

The First Episode Of New Series ‘The Rap Fest’ Is Here ft Smoke DZA & Prodigy Of Mobb Deep

Taking it back to where it started…
Check out the first installment of ‘The RapFest” Cipher.  This new song/cipha features Smoke DZA, Prodigy of Mobb Deep & newcomer Delorean.  The beat on the song was produced by AListFame who also speaks on the production of it during the video clip.

Stay tuned for future episodes of the show which will also premiere on MTV Jams starting today.

Watch 50 Cent’s New Video For “Chase The Paper” Ft Kidd Kidd, Prodigy & Styles P

50 cent, kidd kidd styles p prodigy chase the paper50 Continues His Audio Visual Onslaught With A Little Help From His Friends Continue reading Watch 50 Cent’s New Video For “Chase The Paper” Ft Kidd Kidd, Prodigy & Styles P

New Music From Sean C & LV Featuring Busta Rhymes, ‘Bus Stop’

 

BustarhymesProducers Sean C & LV released the Busta Rhymes assisted track,“Bus Stop,” from their Loud Dreams Vol. 1 mix-tape.

Over drums and sonic-like sounds, Busta Rhymes raps,”Back to make bi**** getty up/Ground zero the street/And, lock the whole city up/Put on that blouse that push both ya T**** up.” He uses his late 1990s era flow for on the new club banger giving, which gives Busta fans a nostalgic feeling.

Other singles from Loud Dreams, which was released today, includes “Live For Today” f/ Jadakiss, Fabolous, Bun B, Rob Zoe and Anthony King. And, “Where’s Your Leader,” f/Prodigy, Bun B, CharlieRED and Remy Banks.

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Stream Mobb Deep’s Entire New Album

theinfamousmobbdeepQueensbridge’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.

 

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Brooklyn Sky Elevates from Flatbush to the Mainstream

Brooklyn Sky IIBrooklyn Sky (BSKY Brand) is a clothing line conceived by a collective group of creatives from Brooklyn, New York. The five owners (Mike, Matt, Gabe, Vlad, and O) are all from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn and are childhood friends. Since 2005, BSKY Brand has grown in popularity with hip hop luminaries like Prodigy of Mobb Deep, the world-famous DJ Clue, Fabolous have all been spotted wearing their clothing. Even up and coming artists like Wink Loc, Kidd Kidd and Nefu Da Don were seen wearing the clothes. The clothing line has grown to the point where the owners decided in 2014 to close their physical location on Nostrand Avenue in Flatbush and focus on their online store. In addition to BSKY Brand, they are working on the Does It Even Matter project (Diem) project, and have plans to expand BSKY Brand product line and reach bigger markets. The Source spoke to one of the owners, Mike, about the clothing line, its history and future of BSKY Brand.

How did the clothing line start?

So it was basically friends in the hood with an idea that came to life. It started from an idea from the Paper Chaser shirt and we brought it to the Vinnies Styles in Downtown Brooklyn. It just got bigger from there.

How long have you been in business?

I have been in the business since 2005. We started doing trade show runs like Magic, Agenda. The store initially was set up for shipping for processing wholesale orders. The retail stores never full collections, they used to dibble and dabble with certain styles. A shirt we designed called Paper Chaser gave us a chance to build a name. Vinnies Styles keeps us in the loop about certain celebrities buying and asking for our stuff.

Where did the name BSKY come from?

BSKY is short for Brooklyn Sky. It came from Digable Planets song called Flying High In The Brooklyn Sky. I had glaucoma at the time, so while I was self-medicating I heard the song. My tag name when I went to school in Miami was Brooklyn Sky.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Flatbush right around the corner from the store. My parents are from St. Lucia.

Why did you decide to put the store in Flatbush?

It’s a double edged sword, it is in Flatbush and not everybody travels here. The people from the area support it. People from as far as Japan, Sweden and London came to our store. While people from all over the world support, some people within the borough don’t. We are going to close the store, we kind of reached our plateau here. We want to do more and push the online store. We are super niche. In the past we have consulted for different clothing lines like Slowbucks, Bridge Boys, Vault, and Artful Dodger. We started the Diem project and we are working with Phil the Mayor who promotes parties in Miami and New York.

How do you feel about Kanye West and his thoughts on the fashion industry?

Actually, before the Jimmy Kimmel interview, I thought the BBC interview he did was much more informative about the issues. We (Black People) don’t have the infrastructure to compete at that level. It’s great to do what we do, but you realize you need more to do bigger things and that’s what he was talking about. He doesn’t have a lane in Louis Vuitton, Nike. There are limitations to what we are doing. We can pick and choose our destiny with the right backing. It’s different because he is black, Kanye and he is a Gemini. Kanye understands his power and trying to take that to the top.

What has the support been like?

We do live events, People come out and support. The list of people who support is huge. Diem project is the same way, we are involved with that. A lot of athletes support BSKY and Diem as well.

Where do you see B Sky five years from now?

I see us being global, bigger than where we are right now. We affected so many people and we inspire a lot of people to follow their dreams. Just imagine if Jay-Z just stayed in Marcy rhyming nobody would have ever heard of him.

Any last words?

I want to thank all the supporters, fans, everybody who helped us get to where we are thus far. The best is yet to come, we still hungry and motivated.

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-Written by Lulaine C.

Prodigy & Alchemist Release New Track “Murder Goes Down” From Re-Release of Albert Einstein

Prodigy Alchemist Albert EinsteinThe dynamic duo of Prodigy &  Alchemist are a back with a new record off the upcoming Albert Einstein: P=mc2 Bonus EP which features four additional tracks not heard on last years incredible Albert Einstein EP.  That project which we named our 9th best album of 2013 contained the song “IMKDV” which they recently released a video for that you can see here.

The new track finds only Prodigy rapping over some real smooth soulful heavy hitting baseline infused Alchemist production, check it out .  Purchase the album HERE.

Spencer @Sjeezs