Mobb Deep
The Infamous


4.5
superb

Review

by GeorgeNelson USER (21 Reviews)
March 19th, 2013 | 8 replies | 684 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

“I’m falling and I can’t turn back.” – Prodigy, ‘Survival Of The Fittest’.

‘The Infamous’ is nihilistic. Often, grit and sophistication repel one another, not here; Prodigy and Havoc give us a haunting narrative, and while it’s not innovative in all the ways it could be, it’s skillful in all the way it needs to be.

A lot of this is about tragedy, that’s what makes it so emotive. It’s a genuinely sad record, and they nail it with “I’m falling and I can’t turn back.” It’s a bar worth repeating – it captures what’s so powerful here. This one’s sampled in Immortal Technique’s ‘Dance With The Devil’ where it perfectly describes Billy’s downward spiral. The lyrical content on ‘The Infamous’ is exceptional. To grab another one from ‘Survival of the Fittest’, a real highlight:

“I’m going out blasting taking my enemies with me, and if not they scarred so they will never forget me.” – Prodigy.

It’s resignation – a captivating take on a dreadful, hopeless commitment. It’s a bone chilling amorality; I ***ing hate literary references (and you should hate me for this one), but it’s screaming Macbeth – “I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o'er.” I think Will would have been digging this one. It’s not an experimental record – it’s restricted to gangster rap, but it’s some wicked gangster rap. The duo deliver rhymes in an authentic way and it’s pretty gritty. All this embodies the rugged intelligence central to the genre.

And the production’s nasty. It’s grimy and murky, see ‘Trife Life’, but a standout’s ‘Shook Ones Pt. 2’, a sinister, shadowy creeping that’s damn mysterious. What’s more, in places it’s very cinematic; ‘Up North Trip’ demonstrates this dramatically, but it’s there in the cohesion of the album – a time frame dedicated to their story–telling. ‘Give Up The Goods’ shows us more, it’s some sort of groovy time-lapse (it’s all very disorientating), and Big Noyd’s rad. He rhymes ‘Lyrical’ with ‘Miracle’ – that’s never okay – but it’s comfortable listening. It’s a bit smoother than Havoc and Prodigy, but then so’s Q-Tip later on: ‘Drink Away The Pain’ just gives it a bit of style.

But it isn’t a 5/5. It doesn’t really break any barriers; rather, it’s an elevated version of what we had before. There’s nothing wrong with it as such, but it doesn’t lay sufficient foundation for any wannabe Mobb Deeps, I don’t think. They’ve done it now.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2013



50141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why did you make the summary the same thing as the first sentence what is this

Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

illmitch
March 19th 2013



5429 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

when you describe a classic rap album by its significance to immortal technique you should just not write it

GeorgeNelson
March 19th 2013



45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha yeah I always do that, bad habit I guess but after just spending ages on a review it's easier and sort of does the job,
I'll think about something else next time.

Yeah, I don't like Immortal Technique either, but thought it was worth getting a bit of context in there and it adds to what
Im saying without taking away from Mobb Deep i reckon

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2013



50141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You don't have to put a summary you know

GeorgeNelson
March 19th 2013



45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Honestly didn't, changed it now, thanks man

FourthReich
March 20th 2013



17485 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

illmitch speaks the truth

GeorgeNelson
March 20th 2013



45 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

But my point is that it improves 'Dance With The Devil', which is about a dramatic fall from grace. I don't see that it takes away from my praise of the album.

Cadda
March 20th 2013



162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The fact that it's cool to hate Immortal Technique doesn't mean the reviewer can't mention him.



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