Mobb Deep - The 2014Tour
One of the most influential Hip Hop acts of the last two decades is back to tour North
America again. After a short break from the tour circuit, Mobb Deep is hitting both coasts of the United States and everywhere
in between including: Baltimore, Maryland; Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisianna; Houston, Texas; Dallas, Texas; San Diego,
California; Hollywood, California; Oakland, California; Boise, Idaho; Denver, Colorado; St. Louis, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois;
and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Don't miss their tour finale, bringing it all home in the duo's birthplace: New York, New
York. Be sure to check StubHub for a complete list of tour dates. Whether you're seeing him in the most intimate venues or
at a packed amphitheater, do not miss a show near you!
About Mobb Deep
Originally calling themselves the
Poetical Prophets, Havoc and Prodigy met while attending high school in New York City. The duo would work themselves up the
rungs of the East Coast rap scene through their teens and into their twenties, their sound becoming the anthem of the East
Coast rap revival.
Havoc, born Kejuan Muchita, focuses on production and beats for Mobb Deep. He also has produced for
some of the biggest and most influential names in the industry, including Method Man, Eminem, Nas, Notorious B.I.G., Diddy,
and LL Cool J. Havoc's hard hitting beats would become a signature part of Mobb Deep's style. Over the years Havoc would grow
and incorporate a wider range of sounds and melodies into his work - including unconventional samples from classical works.
He is known for his deep lyrics and heavy delivery.
Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, comes from a long history of musical
pioneers. His great-uncle would push the Jazz genre to new limits, while his mother was part of the 1960s R&B band The
Crystals. Through a friendship with well known rapper Nas and an early spot on the Boyz In The Hood movie soundtrack, Prodigy
became a young but growing force on the hip hop scene during his teen years.
Known for their rivalry with other rap
artists, and sometimes even each other, Mobb Deep delivers gritty, real lyrics with passion and focus. Their various spats
over the years with different artists have been dramatic, but after 20 years Mobb Deep has consistently come out on top.
The duo would have a hard time with their debut album, Juvenile Hell, which would be met with little
enthusiasm from both critics and fans. It wasn't until their second album, The Infamous, that Mobb Deep would experience mainstream
success. Havoc and Prodigy would spit insiders perspectives of street life in New York City, resonating with listeners and
contrasting the style and content of West Coast rivals like Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. The hard hitting single "Shook Ones
Pt. II" would carry the album and possibly remains as their single best known and influential track.
Hell on Earth would
see collaboration from legends such as Method Man and Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, propelling them to the forefront of East Coast
rap with acts like Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z. Mobb Deep would follow up this success with the transformative album Infamy,
containing the hit "Burn" which was known as a retort to a Jay-Z diss on the band. Infamous's success would eventually leading
them to sign with rapper 50 Cent's G-Unit label. The duo are still putting out fresh tracks with upcoming album The Infamous
Mobb Deep, due out this April.
The band has had to deal with rivalry and confrontation throughout
much of its career, including being a part of the East Coast West Coast feud of the 90s. After the release of song "L.A. L.A.",
Mobb Deep and Tupac would exchange disses over a series of different tracks. Tupac would make fun of people with sickle-cell
disease - something Prodigy suffers from.
The duo would split for a short time in 2012. The two were part of a twitter
one another after their performance at Austin's South By SouthWest. After some words back and forth Havoc
would eventually release "Separated (Real from the Fake)", taking shots at former collaborator Prodigy. The two would reconcile
in time for their ongoing 20th anniversary tour.
The Mobb Deep Concert Experience
With over 20 years of
writing, recording, and performing, Mobb Deep are not an act to miss. Their extensive catalog of songs spanning 8 albums are
as hardcore, heavy hitting and meaningful as the day they were written. The duo have a strong stage presence for an energetic
but laid back show that typifies the essential East Coast rap performance. Longtime fans, hardcore rap enthusiasts and the
uninitiated alike can all appreciate the atmospheric beats from Havoc and the palpably real rhymes dropped by Prodigy that
make a Mobb Deep performance not quite like anything else out there.