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Today In Hip-Hop: Mobb Deep Releases “The Infamous”

On this day, April 25, in hip-hop history…


1995: Mobb Deep releases its seminal sophomore album The Infamous. Prior to the album’s release, Mobb Deep was signed to 4th & B’way Records, through which they released their debut album Juvenile Hell. Despite contributions from the likes of DJ Premier and Large Professor, the album proved to be a critical and commercial failure, causing 4th & B’way to drop the QB duo. However, after striking gold with the Wu-Tang Clan, Loud Records decided to sign the M-O-B-B in late ’93. Prodigy and Havoc began recording their next project in 1994, this time opting to self-produce the majority of the LP. Upon its release the following year, The Infamous quickly became a commercial and critical success, peaking at #15 on the Billboard 200 chart and eventually earning Gold certification from the RIAA.

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