“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Every Thursday here on Quitetrillworldwide we are doing a throwback Thursday. We will pick a jam, album or movie from the past in any genre and give you some info that you may not have known before about that artist.
There was a time in the early 90s where west coast “gangsta rap” reigned supreme in music. The rise of west coast G music shook up a lot of things in the music industry especially in hip hop where the east coast sat on top of the throne. The West Coast and The Dirty South were making a huge dent in music with artists like Dr. Dre and Snoop as well as Geto Boys and Outkast. New York which long had an elitist attitude towards the rise of the other coasts was feeling the pinch. Most artist coming up from Cali or the south all speak of being excluded and fronted on by the BIG APPLE. The proverbial chickens had come home to roost and NY needed a group or an artist that could come out and compete hard with the rise of the west and the south. They needed a group that could keep it foundation hip hop while keeping it gangsta at the same time: enter Mobb Deep.
When Mobb Deep dropped the album “The Infamous” in 1995 New York finally had that group that could compete with the rise of the west and the south. The world was on alert from the first haunting guitar lick of “Shook Ones”. The lyrics were just so visual and it describe some of the most murderous scenarios that were ever heard in hip hop up until that time. The follow-up single was just as gutta “Survival of the Fittest” was a manifesto that became the motto for Mobb Deep. The way Prodigy starts the song pretty much sums up what you will get from a Mobb Deep song
“There’s a war goin on outside, no man is safe from || You could run but you can’t hide forever || from these, streets, that we done took || You walkin witcha head down scared to look || You shook, cause ain’t no such things as halfway crooks“.
Those 2 songs had the world hungry for “The Infamous” album and had cats from all over the world speaking the “dun” language.
Mobb Deep has stood as new chapter and standard for New York hip hop. Their lyrics and music breathe inner city New York more specifically their Queens Bridge roots. They represent the history, the streets and the future of New York hip hop.