News: Mobb Deep's Havoc Pencils In Big Date

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 9:05AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Mobb Deep's Havoc has finally announced the release date of his upcoming solo album 13 after dropping a slew of new music including his hard-hitting "Tell Me To My Face" single with Slaughterhouse's Royce Da 5'9.

If all goes accordingly, Hav's new solo effort will arrive on store shelves around early May.

"#13," Hav tweeted Saturday (February 16).
"Official release date for my album #13 is may 7." (Havoc's Twitter)

Recently, Hav talked to SOHH about working with Royce Da 5'9 for his album's first single.

"His lyrical wordplay is just crazy, you know what I'm saying? It's like no matter how many times I try to do that, it's like, it's hard," Hav told SOHH, referring to his admiration for "Tell Me To My Face collaborator Royce Da 5'9. "He makes it sound easy. It wasn't even really a hard decision to want to get Royce for a feature because I also produced a track on [2011's] Bad Meets Evil, that was a record Eminem and Royce Da 5'9 did. So, you know, I already kind of had a feel for him and then with the Slaughterhouse, he was one of my favorite artists out of the group, even though I like all of them equally, he just kind of stands out to me." (SOHH)

The news comes just weeks after buzz about a Mobb Deep reunion heated up the Internet.

It's official: hip-hop duo Mobb Deep's putting their beef on the back burner ... and officially heading out on a 20th anniversary tour later this spring ... TMZ has learned. The duo -- a.k.a. Havoc and Prodigy -- were entwined in an intense rap feud ever since Havoc tore into Prodigy on Twitter ... claiming among other things that Prodigy had engaged in a slew of jailhouse relationships during his 3-year stint in the slammer. But now, the two rappers have let bygones be bygones ... and recently announced they're headed back on the road together. First stop? The Paid Dues festival in L.A. this March. Sources close to the group say it's just the first of many shows -- and will act as the unofficial kickoff for their April world tour ... where they'll be celebrating 20 years as a group. (TMZ)

Last month, Hav spoke on being forced to evolve from an emcee to producer at the start of his career.

"I definitely started off as an emcee first," Hav said in an interview. "That's how I started, that's how I came into the game. Basically, how I became a producer was because we couldn't afford the beats. These producers were charging like a million dollars a track. We invested in a little bit of equipment, started making tracks and it had a life of its own. It was crazy. It was a lot of pressure, but I love pressure. Pressure creates diamonds. I just did it." (Converse Rubber Tracks: Oh, Hello)

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