New York rap duo Prodigy and Havoc have the Internet buzzing this week over their pending Mobb Deep studio album reunion with the release of a new track called “Taking You Off Here.”
The unexpected new track premiered courtesy of New York radio station Hot 97 this week.
Classic Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep got fans excited last month when the occasionally conflicting emcees, Prodigy and Havoc, announced a new studio album and a tour for 2014. They’ve been on the tour, and now they’re sharing the first glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming project, The Infamous Mobb Deep. Titled “Taking You Off Here,” the song premiered tonight on New York’s Hot 97. It hits the sweet spot for roughneck trash-talking that Mobb Deep fans love. And there’s plenty more of classic Mobb Deep on deck, too. As revealed in December, the album will bundle a re-release of the duo’s 1995 classic, The Infamous, with new songs and unreleased material from the original 1994 sessions. Featured guests will include Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Nas. (Complex)
Although brief with details, producer Boi-1da recently said reaching out to Havoc ultimately helped get the wheels rolling for his involvement on The Infamous Mobb Deep album.
“It’s new-age with that old Mobb twist to it,” says the Toronto producer of the new material. “I was a big fan of Mobb Deep and Havoc’s production, so I just reached out and me and him have been producing records together, sending stuff back and forth. I can say that I have some records on the new Mobb Deep album that me and Havoc did together. It’s something I knocked off my bucket list.” (VIBE)
If all goes accordingly, Mobb Deep’s latest offering will arrive in the second quarter of this year.
Mobb Deep have been back into the booth recording their eighth studio album for a good part of the year, but today the Queens-based duo announced that the album, The Infamous Mobb Deep, would be out this Spring. The package will contain one disc of all new material and one disc of unreleased tracks from the sessions from their sophomore album, 1995’s The Infamous. Additionally, Havoc and Prodigy will hit the road in less than a month, kicking off a 32-city U.S. tour on January 10 in San Diego, with additional international tour dates yet to be announced. The tour poster and dates are below. Havoc dropped a solo album, 13, earlier this year, while Prodigy linked up with frequent collaborator The Alchemist for a joint project called Albert Einstein. (XXL Mag)
Last November, Prodigy said Mobb Deep plans were back in full effect with a group project in the works.
Prodigy also took a moment to share that his relationship with Havoc is back in a good place after reports of the two having issues surfaced last year. The pair reunited to embark on the nationwide Mobb Deep 20th Anniversary Tour this past spring. “Me and Hav, we’re like brothers,” says Prodigy. “We had a little disagreement that spilled out to the public, that was corny. But it what it is. We’re back on the road. We’re working on the next Mobb Deep album right now.” (AHH)
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