Contact Us

Today In Hip-Hop: Mobb Deep Releases ‘Hell On Earth’

On this day, November 18, in hip-hop history…

Mobb Deep - Hell On Earth

1996: On 1995′s The Infamous, Prodigy and Havoc had come to perfect their formula for murderous New York hardcore rap music. Mobb Deep’s brand of gritty street narratives and bleak, cold weather production had made The Infamous one of the celebrated rap albums of the year and a classic amongst hip-hop fans. Thus, it was no surprise when the Mobb returned to that same formula a year later for Hell On Earth. 

Despite the blazing inferno on the album’s packaging, Hell On Earth feels colder and more bleak than The Infamous in many ways. Havoc’s grimy beats feel darkly operatic as if he were scoring a funeral procession through the Queensbridge projects. The album’s opener, “Animal Instinct,” serves a grim statement of purpose of Mobb’s gangster kill-or-be-killed ethos. Havoc and especially Prodigy – who has never been finer – have their lyrical swords sharpened and rap about life on the ill side of town. Songs such as “G.O.D. Pt. III,” “Still Shinin,” “Apostle’s Warning” and the Tupac-dissing “Drop A Gem On ‘Em” are some of the group’s grimiest and most memorable songs of their career.

Despite the darkness of the proceedings, Hell On Earth would land a Gold certification by the RIAA, marking it as a commercial success for the Queensbridge rappers. 17 years after its release, Hell On Earth would remain one of hip-hop’s hardest rap albums ever recorded and one of Mobb Deep’s best.



Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of XXL

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for XXL Mag quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!