August 23, 2017

Mobb Deep - The Infamous (1995) ☠

Mobb Deep
*A photo of the disc is included in the RAR file.
Country: U.S.A
Genre: Hip-Hop
Style: Gangsta Rap, Hardcore Hip-Hop
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© 1995 Loud/RCA/BMG Records
AllMusic Review by Steve Huey
One of the cornerstones of the New York hardcore movement, The Infamous is Mobb Deep's masterpiece, a relentlessly bleak song cycle that's been hailed by hardcore rap fans as one of the most realistic gangsta albums ever recorded. Given Mobb Deep's youthful age and art-school background, it's highly unlikely that The Infamous is drawn strictly from real-life experience, yet it's utterly convincing, because it has all the foreboding atmosphere and thematic sweep of an epic crime drama. That's partly because of the cinematic vision behind the duo's detailed narratives, but it's also a tribute to how well the raw, grimy production evokes the world that Mobb Deep is depicting. The group produced the vast majority of the album itself, with help on a few tracks from the Abstract (better known as Q-Tip), and establishes a spare, throbbing, no-frills style indebted to the Wu-Tang Clan. This is hard, underground hip-hop that demands to be met on its own terms, with few melodic hooks to draw the listener in. Similarly, there's little pleasure or relief offered in the picture of the streets Mobb Deep paints here: They inhabit a war zone where crime and paranoia hang constantly in the air. Gangs are bound together by a code of fierce loyalty, relying wholly on one another for survival in a hopeless environment. Hostile forces -- cops, rivals, neighborhood snitches -- are potentially everywhere, and one slip around the wrong person can mean prison or death. There's hardly any mention of women, and the violence is grim, serious business, never hedonistic. Pretty much everything on the album contributes to this picture, but standouts among the consistency include "Survival of the Fittest," "Eye for a Eye," "Temperature's Rising," "Cradle to the Grave," and the classic "Shook Ones, Pt. 2." The product of an uncommon artistic vision, The Infamous stands as an all-time gangsta/hardcore classic.

tags: mobb deep, the infamous, flac, 1995,

9 comments:

  1. I feel like there is an increase in contrast in the album cover, is that because of the scanning? (It doesn't bother me though)

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    1. Yes. I have the scanner set to "Auto-Level" which is basically a color correction mode. If you view the image at full size, you'll see it looks better with this mode turned on as opposed to a normal scan that has intense brightness to it. Our scans are all optimize this way for mobile devices so that the covers will look great when viewed through the screens of phones.

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  2. And I guess that applies for every album except for "Eazy-Duz-It"😂😂. Anyways, thanks for responding.

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    1. My copy is beat to shit. The cover got wet some how and it dried up. It looks like crap because it is crap at this point. The web did not have a fist pressing cover, only reissues and remastered covers. I had no choice. It was either that or nothing.

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    2. I personally love the way our covers look 😊

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    3. 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

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  3. I used an app called "Star Music Tag Editor" to fix the Eazy-Duz-It cover. So it's ok

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