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This rap duo, comprising Havoc (Kejuan Muchita, 21 May 1974, Queensbridge, New York, USA) and Prodigy (b. Albert Johnson, 2 November 1974, Queensbridge, New York, USA), made a colossal impact in 1995 with their hardcore hip-hop single Shook Ones Part II. Compared in the music press to the experience of hearing Schoolly D for the first time, it saw the New York-based rap team propelled to the top of the Billboard charts and national fame. It accompanied the release of their second album, The Infamous, which offered a succession of bleak inner-city narratives such as Survival Of The Fittest and the Q-Tip -produced Drink Away The Pain.
Mobb Deep had first received attention in 1991 when US rap magazine The Source praised them in its Unsigned Hype column. Both partners were just 16 years old, but their first demo possessed obvious maturity and skill, boosted by their experience of watching MC Shan...