After DJ Green Lantern gave props to Mobb Deep’s Havoc in this week’s SOHH Underrated, we decided to hit up the Queens rapper/producer to get his reaction to the honor.
Acknowledging Green Lantern as an equally skilled artist, Hav proudly accepted the deejay’s SOHH Underrated accolade.
“Ah man, it’s a pleasure because I look at Green Lantern as one of the best producers, deejays of all-time,” Hav told SOHH when asked for his reaction. “So to get that from him, from a person that I know has an excellent taste in music, is somewhat of a validation.” (SOHH)
Green told SOHH Hav’s ability to turn out numerous hit records without getting the full acclaim he deserves motivated his choice.
“I want to say my SOHH Underrated pick is Havoc. Havoc has some of the illest beats and never was really looked at as one of those “super producers.” You know how they put that “super producer” title on you and he’s crafted some of the most classic beats in hip-hop. I had him on my [radio] show one time and I remember asking him, “Why do you think you’re underrated?” This was years and years ago but I recall him saying something along the lines that he kept that production somewhat in-house as opposed to a lot of guys like a Just Blaze will go and produce for a lot of outside artists not necessarily associated to their camp.” (SOHH Underrated)
Outside of co-signs, Hav recently talked about hitting the studio for an upcoming Mobb Deep EP.
“I feel that we’ve been in the business long enough to totally know what to do,” he said in an interview. “The whole thing right now is to really capitalize on our talent and what we do instead of having all these major labels take, take, take. We might as well reap the rewards of our success.” Havoc said the eight- to 10-song EP, which the group plans to call Mobb Deep, will drop in August and will be the first Mobb Deep project released since Prodigy was released from prison in March. “Sometimes you have to man up and do you your own thing. We can do this. We’ve been in the game for years, so it’s like, ‘Let’s do it. The time is now.'” (MTV)
Also focused on the music, Prodigy recently spoke on parting ways with G-Unit Records following Mobb Deep’s gold certified Blood Money release.
“You can go get your money, elsewhere. And when that happened I was always talking to 50 [Cent] the whole time while I was locked up, and I basically asked him ‘How are we going to proceed? How are we going to move forward when I get back?’ And he was telling me he was interested in negotiating a new deal, with the new situation he’s got, and I was like, ‘Alright, cool.’ Came back home, and we’re still talking about it, throwing ideas around now about how we want to do it, but as of right now we’re free agents.” (Complex)
Check out some recent Havoc footage below: