XXcLusive: Havoc of Mobb Deep Speaks on Working With Eminem

Earlier this morning on his Shade 45 Sirius Satelite radio station, Eminem revealed that Havoc landed a spot on his new album, Recovery. XXLMag.com quickly picked up the jack to speak to the Mobb Deep beatmaker—a self-described Shady fan—about how he got one of his beats on the disc.

According to the Queensbridge-native, he has been submitting music to Mr. Mathers for years. “I been trying to get placement on an Eminem project for the past two years with no success at doing it ’cause you know they pretty picky over there and rightfully so,” he said. “So I almost landed a placement on [Relapse] but for whatever reason it didn’t happen. I was never mad, but my philosophy was keep hitting them ’til something [stuck].”

The philosophy seemed to work perfectly. Em ended up picking a track that Hav produced alongside his new protégé, up-and-comer Magnedo7. The hip-hop composer, known for his dark, moody productions, describes the track as a flip of a 1960s pop song, which he failed to name.

Havoc’s longtime associate, who also serves as Eminem’s tour DJ, The Alchemist took to his twitter account this morning to congratulate H-A-V. “Hate that I didn’t make Em’s album,” he wrote, “but i love the fact that my big bro Havoc did! Salute!”

The rap vet told us that, “The feeling is mutual. Whenever we both get a big placement we always patting each other on the back, and there’s no animosity or jealosy cause it almost feels like if I made it, he made, and if he made it, I made it. And it just makes us go that much harder.”

Eminem’s Recovery is set to hit stores on June 22. Along with Havoc, it will also feature production from Just Blaze, DJ Khalil, Jim Jonsin and Boi-1da. —Jesse Gissen

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  • sho

    and the anticipation keeps building…

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjsQWSeQ43E rocinc

      click my name for the official leak off the new album

  • Anonymous

    Not bad. Always been a fan of Havocs production. Im lookin forward to hear what Em’s sound on a Just Blaze and Havoc joint.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjsQWSeQ43E rocinc

      you have to click my name for the leak off the album

  • Anonymous

    the bo1-da song sucked though

    • TECK

      You really dont like shit dont you

    • TECK

      Damn you didnt understand what he said right?

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    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjsQWSeQ43E rocinc

      if you want to hear the leak off the album click my name now

  • Jonan

    I love Havoc’s production so I’m looking forward to it on an Eminem track

  • these posts are racist

    Mobb Deep? Don’t one of them got sick-o-cell or something?

    RIP to Tupac, we still ridin’ on our enemies.

    • shone jones

      2Pac? Didn’t he get raped in jail?

      • these posts are racist

        I don’t know Shone Jones, but I heard you were the bottom bitch for the Aryan Nation in Prison, so you would be privvy to such rumors.

        At 25, peep what Pac accomplished…

  • jtm

    wow i can’t wait to hear eminem on the havoc and just blaze beat. i hope he also gets premier on the album too.

  • the real sharpy

    i been thinkin em would smash a premo beat too,

    not too suprised hav got on there, he was in g-unit ya know,

    muthaphukas wiv short term memories and shit smh

    • swordz

      did u just say g-unit?? lol
      The irony of your statement is hilarious!

  • Theadocious

    I’m also feeling some excitement over Eminem working with Just Blaze and Havoc. Hopefully, Eminem is recharged on some real emcee shit that I miss from his earlier career.

    I gotta say tho…Hearing Eminem on an Alchemist track (with D-12 on Tony Touch’s the Piece Maker album) sounded so good. To me its crazy that Al is Eminem’s DJ and Eminem never uses Alchemist tracks!!!

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  • jrtweeter

    You know this song will be hard and gritty. Not Afraid is a great song and that phenomenal “Despicable” freestyle sh-ts on Nas and Hovs entire catalogs lyrically.

    • http://xxlmag chuck

      u must b stupid for saying eminem freestyle over shadows all of nas and jiggas catalogs.

    • mav

      r u fuckin kiddin me? dude stan is too weak a word for u i just as good as anything you heard from em b4 mmlp and u wanna say that shit on nas and jigga entire catalog must i remind of the song til i collapse where he said it goes reggie jay-z tupac and biggie andre from outkast jada kurupt(???) nas an then me he put hov b4 tupac so u know he on jigga dick tough so hed would probly slap u 4 sayin that shit himself

      • Anonymous

        man are u fuckin stupid, em said that shit cuz he wuz bein humble, he dont think he is better than them cus he feels they are better than him, though many times he has said out of everyone he does believe he is best.

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    Havok has always been one of the greats its just recently people have started to under rate him.

  • http://staygold703@aim.com alex

    ahahhhaha despicable shits on nas’ entire catalog you funny but you must be like 12 cuz who censors them self like that? sh-ts smh fuckin fruit

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  • jp

    Havoc is a beast pure and simple. Still bump “Be There” and “Always Have a Choice.” Interestingly enough, I think Alchemist produced some of the best beats on the later Mobb albums like “Win or Lose” and “The Realest.” Either way, Em’s gonna rip the shit out of whatever he gets.

    • Theadocious

      Say word. “The Realest” was the shit. I thought there was a lot of Alchemist heat, but was really disapointed that Prodigy and Hav weren’t coming with it. Return of the Mack had crazy beats. On the Blood Money track “the Infamous”, Alchemist made a CRAZY track out of the Wild Style Gangbusters shit and Mobb took a shit on it.

  • macdatruest

    so you mean to tell me that they never worked together after all that time Havoc was on G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath?? What type of fuck shit was going on over there????

    • Theadocious

      Man, Em is mostly on his own production or Dre’s. Hopefully this is gonna change…

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  • P

    This just in, Cookie monster cut off his own leg due to complication from diabetes, he ate too many cookies and his body couldnt produce insulin…..Obama couldnt act fast enough with free healthcare……

    side note: Havoc makes great beats, should be interesting to hear Em working with these guys

  • Stan of india

    Eminem rocks

  • Vikram

    Eminem new single not afraid is fuckin cool


    For any of you lames that keep talkin shit about Eminem and his credilbilty, and about Encore dont forget the whole album wasnt garbage it actually had a few gems,

    Just to remind yourself how down Em is for hip hop
    Listen to yellow brick road
    Toy Soldiers and
    Never Enough

    • Sutter Kane

      True, add on Mocking Bird Encore and the Love U more track from the bonus CD, Encore was split down the middle, half great half horrible

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    exclusive leaked track online click my name for the link to check it out

  • http://www.soundclick.comrivalz THE RIVALZ

    Can not wait for this release!

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