Mobb Deep‘s long-awaited first performance since group member Prodigy started his three-year jail sentence in 2008 went down last night (May 12) with some surprise guest appearances including “Quiet Storm” collaborator Lil Kim.
The concert kicked off at New York City’s Best Buy Theater Thursday night.
Just a few minutes ago, the Egotrip collective and Complex put together one of the most anticipated East Coast rap shows of the year. After over 3-years behind bars, Prodigy was reunited with Havoc onstage at the first official Mobb Deep concert since P’s release. Mobb, joined by Big Noyd and Alchemist took the stage without missing one step. Surprisingly, the fellas hit the stage around 10:30 pm, which is pretty unheard of at a Mobb Deep show, so things got rocking pretty quick. With a live band behind them, the pride of Queensbridge took fans all throughout their catalog including classics like “Start of Your Ending”, “Shook Ones Pt. 2? and to their new school hits, “Burn” and “Getaway.” But sh*t definitely went to the next thug-o-sphere when the Queen Bee made a surprise appearance to perform her part on “Quiet Storm (Remix).” (Miss Info TV)
Last month, Havoc talked about hitting the studio to work on 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.
“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)
Not only working on their own records, but since P’s release, he has also clocked in time with Dipset’s Jim Jones.
“I got Prodigy on my new Capo album,” Jones told SOHH in March. “Me and P have already been in the studio. He came in the studio and didn’t leave until 7:30 AM [yesterday] morning. He was doing his thing. He looks good. Prodigy looks like he got his weight up, he’s in shape and it looks like he’s got his mind right. He looks like he’s been reading his books in there, the raps are on point, the flow is good, shouts to P. RSV-P and all that. Prodigy, P, you heard me?” (SOHH)
Check out footage from last night’s show below: