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Mobb DeepThe Infamous

Label:Loud Records – 66480-2, RCA – 07863 66480-2
Format:
CD, Album
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Hip Hop
Style:Hardcore Hip-Hop

Tracklist

1The Start Of Your Ending (41st Side)
Mixed ByTony Smalios
Producer, Mixed ByMobb Deep
Recorded ByLouis Alfred III
Written-ByA. Johnson*, K. Muchita*
4:24
2[The Infamous Prelude]2:12
3Survival Of The Fittest
Mixed ByTony Smalios
Producer, Mixed ByMobb Deep
Recorded ByTim Latham
Written-ByA. Johnson*, K. Muchita*
3:43
4Eye For A Eye (Your Beef Is Mines)
FeaturingNas, Raekwon
Mixed ByTony Smalios
Producer, Mixed ByMobb Deep
Recorded ByTim Latham
Written-ByA. Johnson*, C. Woods*, K. Muchita*, N. Jones*
4:54
5[Just Step Prelude]1:06
6Give Up The Goods (Just Step)
FeaturingBig Noyd
Mixed ByTony Smalios
Producer, Mixed ByThe Abstract
Recorded ByTim Latham
4:02
7Temperature's Rising
Co-producerMobb Deep
FeaturingCrystal Johnson
Mixed ByTony Smalios
Producer, Mixed ByThe Abstract
Recorded ByLouis Alfred III
5:00
8Up North Trip
ProducerMobb Deep
Recorded ByLouis Alfred III
Written-ByA. Johnson*, K. Muchita*
4:58
9Trife Life
ProducerMobb Deep
Recorded ByDino Zerros*
Written-ByA. Johnson*, K. Muchita*, M. Henderson*
5:19
10Q.U. -- Hectic
Producer, Recorded By, Mixed ByMobb Deep
Programmed By [Additional], Recorded By, Mixed ByTony Smalios
Written-ByA. Johnson*, K. Muchita*
4:55
11Right Back At You
Co-producerSchott Free
Mixed ByTony Smalios
Producer, Mixed ByMobb Deep
Recorded ByLouis Alfred III
4:52
12[The Grave Prelude]0:30
13Cradle To The Grave
Producer, Mixed ByMobb Deep
Written-ByA. Johnson*, K. Muchita*
5:16
14Drink Away The Pain (Situations)
Co-producerMobb Deep
FeaturingQ-Tip
Producer, Mixed ByThe Abstract
Recorded ByTim Latham
4:44
15Shook Ones Pt. II
Producer, Mixed ByMobb Deep
Recorded ByLouis Alfred III
Written-ByA. Johnson*, K. Muchita*
5:24
16Party Over
Co-producerMatt Life
FeaturingBig Noyd
Producer, Mixed ByMobb Deep
Recorded ByLouis Alfred III
Written-ByA. Johnson*, K. Muchita*, T. Perry*
5:40
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Notes

℗ & © 1995 BMG Music.
Manufactured and Distributed by BMG Music, New York, NY.
Printed in USA.

Mastered at Absolute Audio, NYC.

Managed for MAC Management.

Track 6 contains excerpts from "That's Alright With Me" by Ester Phillips courtesy of Sony Music Entertainmen.
Track 7 contains excerpts from the Patrice Rushen Recordings "Where There Is Love" courtesy of Elektra Entertainment by arrangement with Warner Special Products.
Track 9 contains excerpts from "You Are My Starship" performed by Norman Connors courtesy of Essex Entertainment.
Track 11 contains excerpts from the Les McCann recording "Benjamin" (Les McCann) courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. by arrangement with Warner Special Products. Published by Irving Music (BMI).
Track 14 contains excerpts from "I Remember I Made You Cry" performed by The Headhunters courtesy of Arista Records. Used by Permission.

Nas appears courtesy of Columbia Records.
Q-Tip appears courtesy of Jive Records.

Loud Records gives special thanks to Courtenay "Soup" Henderson, Deborah Mannis-Gardner and Laurie Marks.

Track 1 recorded at Battery Studios, NYC.
Mixed at Unique Recording Studios, NYC.
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)/BMG Songs, Inc./Juvenile Hell Publishing, administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP).
Track 3 recorded at Battery Studios, NYC.
Mixed at Unique Recording Studios, NYC.
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)/BMG Songs, Inc./Juvenile Hell Publishing, administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP).
Track 4 recorded at Platinum Island Studios, NYC.
Mixed at Unique Recording Studios, NYC.
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson/Ramecca Music, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)/BMG Songs, Inc./Juvenile Hell Publishing, administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)/Zomba Music Publishing (ASCAP).
Track 5 published by Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI).
Track 6 recorded and mixed at Platinum Island Studios, NYC.
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)/BMG Songs, Inc./Juvenile Hell Publishing, administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)/Jazz Merchant Music, amdinistered by Zomba Music Publishing/Pierphil Music (BMI).
Track 7 recorded at Platinum Island Studios, NYC.
Mixed at Unique Recording Studios, NYC.
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)/BMG Songs, Inc./Juvenile Hell Publishing, administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)/Jazz Merchant Music, amdinistered by Zomba Music Publishing/Baby Fingers Music/c/o Sylvia's Music Resources (ASCAP).
Track 8 recorded at Battery Studios, NYC.
Mixed at Platinum Island Studios, NYC.
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)/BMG Songs, Inc./Juvenile Hell Publishing, administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP).
Track 9 recorded at Firehouse Studios, NYC.
Mixed at Unique Recording Studios, NYC.
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)/BMG Songs, Inc./Juvenile Hell Publishing, administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)/Electrocord Music (ASCAP).
Track 10 recorded and mixed at Unique Recording Studios, NYC.
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)/BMG Songs, Inc./Juvenile Hell Publishing, administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP).
Track 11 recorded at Battery Studios, NYC.
Mixed at Unique Recording Studios, NYC.
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson/Ramecca Music, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)/BMG Songs, Inc./Juvenile Hell Publishing, administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP).
Track 13 recorded at Battery Studios, NYC.
Mixed at Unique Recording Studios, NYC.
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)/BMG Songs, Inc./Juvenile Hell Publishing, administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP).
Track 14 recorded and mixed at Platinum Island Studios, NYC.
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)/BMG Songs, Inc./Juvenile Hell Publishing, administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)/Jazz Merchant Music, amdinistered by Zomba Music Publishing (BMI)/Cigum Music (BMI).
Track 15 recorded at Battery Studios, NYC.
Mixed at Unique Recording Studios, NYC.
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)/BMG Songs, Inc./Juvenile Hell Publishing, administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP).
Track 16 recorded at Battery Studios, NYC.
Mixed at Unique Recording Studios, NYC.
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Albert Johnson, administered by Careers-BMG Music Publishing Inc. (BMI)/BMG Songs, Inc./Juvenile Hell Publishing, administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 0 7863-66480-2 6
  • Barcode (Scanned): 078636648026
  • Matrix / Runout: DISC MFG., INC. (H4) W.O. 103105-2 07863664802

Other Versions (5 of 29)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Infamous (2×LP, Album)Loud Records, RCA Records Label, BMG07863 66480-1US1995
The Infamous (CD, Album)BMG Music CanadaBG2 66480Canada1995
The Infamous (CD, Album)Loud Records, RCA07863 66480 2Europe1995
The Infamous (Cassette, Album)Loud Records07863-66480-4US1995
The Infamous (CD, Album)Loud Records, RCA66480-2, 07663 66480-2Canada1995

Reviews

scott-r's profile picture
scott-r
I rate this album as 11 out of 10 and is a heart stoppingly brilliant listen and is surely a contender for best in genre. It is a by the seat of your pants, thrilling, superbly well written, played, paced, ripped and thugged up by Prodigy (r.i.p.) and co and is a rich and wonderful masterpiece expertly drawn from the Mean Streets of Queensbridge, N.Y.C. A concept album that definitely plays like a film and of a very rare calibre that I can hardly think of any similar album to actually equal it as nothing in all Hip Hop beats it. Nas’s ‘New York State Of Mind’ kinda prefigures this work and was a big influence and also a track I play alongside this, which amounts to a feature length exploration of similar urban themes. Hugely entertaining!
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bamnmoe
Easily one of the best albums of any genre of all time.
Lux1991's profile picture
Lux1991
R.I.P. PRODIGY. . . . . . . . .
dlgale1974's profile picture
dlgale1974
Definitely a classic for the genre, a fine example of mid 90's Hip-Hop, containing Mobb's most abiding tune "Shook Ones Pt. II". It's all pretty dark, with a more realistic, if not uplifting, message than many of their contemporaries, but not something that I can relate to or that I would chose to listen to nowadays. My highlight is actually "Give Up the Goods".
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maroko
Though I will probably never listen to this album again, I just wanted to chime in and say that Shook Ones Pt. II still gets my vote for the grittiest, muddiest street life anthem ever.

Not the most lyrically sophisticated, not the best produced, not the most complex one, not the tightest, and not the funkiest one. Not the thuggish ruggish to the bone tune y'all wanna play when you in the mood for upping' your street cred, given you had any in the first place. The grittiest. True grit on raw wax.

This is pure grit right here. Granted, everyone has moved on ages ago and ventured into all sorts of stuff, but twenty years later and this is literary the soundtrack of night crawling assassins, with over sized raincoats, packing sawed-off shotguns under rainy, dimly lit street corners in Queensbridge... Or something like that. Like I would know. I'm from central Europe, yo!

However, this track is a gravel pit of teeth clenching pain. The members of Mobb Deep, if I remember correctly, were hardly twenty years old when this was recorded. Given that fact, this is raw enough that I'd almost believe they actually live every syllable they spit. Way more often than not, most of these cats were day dreaming. Maybe these two lads were as well, I could care less, 'cause even if they were, impersonation in hip hop has hardly ever gotten better.

Nas may have been more poetic. Jay-Z may have had the most expensive cigar. Onyx may have screamed a little louder. Big L (RIP and respect, though) may have bitten the bullet. Gnag Starr dropped all the knowledge. Jeru The Damaja threw darts at the fakers like no other. The "Wu" clan may have boasted unprecedented production vaults. Raeknow may have recorded that soundtrack to Scarface Giorgio Moroder never got around to recording. All of the above may be correct. It may as well be a bunch of turd. However, this remains as gritty as they come. True grit, I will say it again for you now:

G.R.I.T.
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thezovietdada
Of all the gritty SP-1200 laden early 90s NYC hiphop masterpiece albums (you know them, anything RZA touched, Nas, etc.) no production feels as fresh in my mind as The Infamous. I mean this album is unbelievably dark and dirty. Every sample seems buried under layers and layers of record hiss, rain and fog. It's so hardboiled, urban, deep and atmospheric, that I would doubt that modern dubstep producers like Burial and Vex'd aren't huge fans. Havoc & Prodigy's rhymes have a deadpan, stone cold but wavering delivery that carries the the straightforward beats along, but they never get old or samey. Being a sound art junky the moments that hit me the most on this album are the more noisy/ sound effect-like, in specific the sample of a humming streetlamp (yeah!) in "Party's Over." A kind of ambient sense not seen in many other (true, street, and un-pretentious) hiphop productions. The best part is that it feels (of course) real and not inserted for the sake of the experimentation of some bloody college students.