…. and ain’t nothin surprisin. For those of you who know me, know that I’m quite the hip-hop head. From listening to The Fugees, Tupac Shakur to hiding gangsta rap CD’s from my parents, hip-hop is in my blood. An era that will forever be important to my aesthetic is the 90’s. Something about wheat colored Timbs, street slang (trife, shorty, word is bond) and lyrics delivered with raw emotion give me the chills. It was also an era where hip-hop listeners got introduced to MC’s like A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, Foxy Brown, Biggie, Jay-Z and Wu-Tang Clan. Now I know why it’s referred to as the “golden era.” A duo out of Queensbridge, New York created an album that will remain in every hip-hop lover’s CD/vinyl collection: Prodigy and Havoc from Mobb Deep. These two MC’s were able to capture their surroundings of poverty and crime in the inner city of Queensbridge and apply it to their gritty lyrics and dark narrative sound to their critically acclaimed album The Infamous that released back in 1995. One of the first tracks I heard from the infamous duo was Shook Ones Part II that forever made a territorial impact on the East Coast with cold lyrics such as “rock you in ya face, stab ya brain wit ya nose bone.” And what better way to honor these two cats that show em off on my favourite bootleg tee by Cokemagic. Don’t worry vintage, you’re up next!
It’s been 20 years since The Infamous was released to the streets and still continues to be the topic of discussion in terms of rating classic hip-hop albums. I can easily say that this album will forever remain in my top ten favourite hip hop albums for not once have I ever skipped a track. Word is bond.
For all you hip-hop lovers out there, what’s your favourite track off of The Infamous? Tell me in the comment box below.