The Infamous

Label
RCA Records Label
Release date
25 Apr 1995
Running length
27 tracks
Running time
104:26

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Mobb Deep - The Start of Your Ending 4:24 4,563
1 Mobb Deep - The Start of Your Ending (41st Side) 4:24 81,704
2 Mobb Deep - (The Infamous Prelude) 2:12 8,696
2 Mobb Deep - [The Infamous Prelude] 2:12 11,830
3 Mobb Deep - Survival of the Fittest 3:43 183,283
4 Mobb Deep - Eye for an Eye (Your Beef Is Mines) (feat. Nas & Raekwon) 4:48 3,206
5 Mobb Deep - [Just Step Prelude] 1:06 11,269
5 Mobb Deep - (Just Step Prelude) 1:06 10,052
6 Mobb Deep - Give Up the Goods (Just Step) (feat. Big Noyd) 4:02 5,637
6 Mobb Deep - Give Up the Goods (Just Step) 4:03 68,941
7 Mobb Deep - Temperature's Rising (feat. Crystal Johnson) 5:00 3,599
8 Mobb Deep - Up North Trip 4:56 74,059
9 Mobb Deep - Trife Life 5:19 36,326
10 Mobb Deep - Q.U. - Hectic 4:45 30,922
11 Mobb Deep - Right Back At You 2:19 27,787
12 Mobb Deep - [The Grave Prelude] 0:50 15,462
12 Mobb Deep - (The Grave Prelude) 0:50 6,936
13 Mobb Deep - Cradle to the Grave 1:54 67,636
14 Mobb Deep Featuring Q-Tip - Drink Away The Pain (Situations) 4:44 3,369
14 Mobb Deep feat. Q-Tip - Drink Away the Pain (Situations) 4:45 176
14 Mobb Deep - Drink Away the Pain (Situations) (feat. Q-Tip) 4:45 4,525
15 Mobb Deep - Shook Ones, Pt. II 5:25 16,603
15 Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Part II 5:25 101,761
15 Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Pt. II 5:24 46,200
16 Mobb Deep - Party Over 5:39 42,227
16 Mobb Deep - Party Over (feat. Big Noyd) 5:41 4,490
Mobb Deep - Drink Away the Pain (Situations) 4:45 23,666

About this album

Although they are now considered a legendary group, leading into the release of their second album, The Infamous, it was far from a given that Albert “Prodigy” Johnson and Kejuan “Havoc” Muchita would enjoy such long and fruitful careers. Their first album, Juvenile Hell, had been a commercial flop, although it did yield a minor hit, “Hit It From The Back,” and led to them being dropped by their first label, 4th & Broadway. Prodigy even admits in his new autobiography, My Infamous Life, that him and Havoc didn’t really take the songwriting and producing process serious for their debut. It’s understandable given that both were teenagers at the time.

Besides, if it was the impetus for what was to come, then it was definitely a good thing. While only producing three songs on Juvenile Hell, the group produced a majority of The infamous, carving out a unique and unmistakable sound. Dark, moody, brooding, and sinister, the music was apocalyptic and Havoc and Prodigy’s unyielding and unremorseful lyrics painted a very bleak picture of what life was like growing up in Queensbridge (yeah, we know Prodigy is from Hempstead, Long Island, but it’s obvious he spent a lot of time in QB). It may have been unnerving to think that a duo so young could entertain such cold-blooded thoughts, but given the overwhelmingly positive response, the realness seemed to resonate.

The album contained huge smashes with “Shook Ones, Pt. II,” and “Survival Of The Fittest,” and disseminated their unique dunn slanguage all over the world

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