Soul Strut 100: # 43 - Mobb Deep - The Infamous

RAJRAJ tenacious local 7,484 Posts
edited November 2012 in The Soul Strut 100
I will slowly be unveiling the Top 100 Soul Strut Related Records as Voted by the Strutters Themselves.

# 43 - Mobb Deep - The Infamous



The list so far:

# 100 - Jr. and His Soulettes - Psychodelic Sounds
# 99 - Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul
# 98 - Donny Hathaway - S/T (1971)
# 97 - Bernard Wright - ???Nard
# 96 - Tom Scott - Honeysuckle Breeze
# 95 - People Under the Stairs - Question in the Form of an Answer
# 94 - Harlem River Drive
# 93 - Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
# 92 - Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear
# 91 - Muddy Waters - Electric Mud
# 90 - Les McCann - Layers
# 89 - Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
# 88 - Leroy Hutson - Hutson (1975)
# 87 - ESG - S/T (1981)
# 86 - Can - Tago Mago
# 85 - Bohannon - Stop & Go
# 84 - WILLIAM DEVAUGHN - Be Thankful For What You Got
# 83 - Power of Zeus - The Gospel According to Zeus
# 82 - Gang Starr - Hard To Earn
# 81 - The J.B.???s - Doing It to Death
# 80 - Parliament - Osmium
# 79 - McNeal & Niles - Thrust
# 78 - The Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Malik
# 77 - Earth, Wind, and Fire (1971)
# 76 - Dr. Dre - The Chronic
# 75 - Black Sabbath (1970)
# 74 - Trap Door / An International Psychedelic Mystery Mix (2006)
# 73 - Bob James - One
# 72 - Matthew Larkin Cassell - Pieces
# 71 - The Beginning Of The End - Funky Nassau
# 70 - Big Bear - Doin??? Thangs
# 69 - Steely Dan - Aja
# 68 - Quasimoto - The Unseen
# 67 - Curtis Mayfield - Curtis/Live! (1971)
# 66 - Al Green - Im still in love with you
# 65 - The Beatnuts - Street Level
# 64 - Archie Whitewater - Archie Whitewater (1970)
# 63 - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca & the Soul Brother
# 62 - Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
# 61 - The J.B.???s - Food For Thought
# 60 - Don Blackman (1982)
# 59 - Niagara - (Tiddies)
# 58 - Can - Ege Bamyasi
# 57 - Whatnauts - On the Rocks
# 56 - The Mohawks - Champ
# 55 - McDonald and Giles (1971)
# 54 - Darondo - Let My People Go
# 53 - Dorothy Ashby - Afro Harping
# 52 - Beastie Boys - Paul???s Boutique
# 51 - Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu of Ethiopia
# 50 - Lyman Woodard Organization - Saturday Night Special
# 49 - Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul
# 48 - Lyn Collins - Think (About It)
# 47 - James Brown - In The Jungle Groove
# 46 - Bill Withers - Still Bill
# 45 - Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
# 44 - Silver Apples - S/T

Please discuss your reactions to this record. The thread will be archived later here.

About


The Infamous is the second studio album by the American hip hop duo Mobb Deep, released April 25, 1995, on Loud Records. The album features guest appearances from Nas, Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah, A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip, and close Mobb Deep affiliate Big Noyd. Embedded with hyper-visual lyricism, dark soundscapes, gritty narratives, and hard beats, it marked Mobb Deep's transition from a relatively unknown rap duo to an influential and commercially successful one.

Upon its release, The Infamous achieved notable commercial success. It debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200, and number three on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. The album produced three main singles, which all achieved varying degrees of chart success, with "Shook Ones Pt. II" being the most successful. On June 26, 1995, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[1]

The album's haunting style, defined by its evocative melodies, rugged beats, and lyrics dealing with crime and poverty in inner-city neighborhoods reflected the dark side of New York's urban landscape in a manner that received special recognition and critical praise. Along with albums such as Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Illmatic and Ready to Die, The Infamous is widely credited as a major contributor to the East Coast Renaissance. Furthermore, the album is credited with helping to redefine the sound of hardcore hip-hop, using its production style, which incorporated eerie piano loops, distorted synthesizers, eighth-note hi-hats, and sparse bass lines.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Infamous

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  • you all alone in these streets cousin?

  • RAJRAJ tenacious local 7,484 Posts
    One of the last great hip hop albums...

  • :goat:

    never get's old

  • piedpiperpiedpiper 1,274 Posts
    YES.

    The recent shook ones sample stuff was really entertaining.

  • bassiebassie 11,713 Posts
    LoopDreams said:


    never gets old

  • DJ_EnkiDJ_Enki 6,471 Posts
    piedpiper said:
    YES.

    The recent shook ones sample stuff was really entertaining.

    That was on some serious face-melter shit. I just assumed it was a simple loop, but one that was crazy obscure and nobody knew about. But when you really get into how he freaked the sample...holy shit, amazing job.

    Speaking of holy shit, amazing job: This album.

  • The_NonThe_Non 5,686 Posts
    If this is 43, top 5 better explode my face and ass simultaneously.

  • batmonbatmon 27,581 Posts
    Temperature's Rising

  • covecove 1,558 Posts
    Love the Starship bass sample on Trife Life

    Great album

  • bassiebassie 11,713 Posts
    The_Non said:
    If this is 43, top 5 better explode my face and ass simultaneously.

    Right?
    At this point, only five Strutter/Strutter-related releases would make sense....

  • yuichiyuichi Urban sprawl 11,318 Posts
    I didn't vote for this shit, but I think collectively, the peoples did a great job.

    Nice mix of soul, rap, and rare groove.

    When it's gloomy outside, I bump this shit all day in my car.

  • sticky_dojahsticky_dojah New York City...humanheadnyc.com 2,108 Posts
    The Acapella of Shook Ones Pt. 2 deeply entered into my DJ-DNA. One of the greatest of the 90's...never gets old...

  • As mentioned already, one of the last great hip hop albums and Shook Ones Pt 2 is one of the best hip hop singles of the decade, hasn't dated even slightly.

  • The_NonThe_Non 5,686 Posts
    yuichi said:
    I didn't vote for this shit, but I think collectively, the peoples did a great job.

    Nice mix of soul, rap, and rare groove.

    When it's gloomy outside, I bump this shit all day in my car.
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  • kalakala 3,339 Posts
    it's part of my being at this point
    if you don't like this you don't belong here

  • batmonbatmon 27,581 Posts
    I went to dinner at this kids house bitd.
    His adopted father was a Republican and was talmbout how Reagan was a great president at dinner.
    The son gave me his copy of this CD when dinner was over. I didnt own it before.

  • RAJ said:
    One of the last great hip hop albums...

    interesting observation.
    would make a great topic by itself.

  • yuichiyuichi Urban sprawl 11,318 Posts
    The_Non said:
    yuichi said:
    I didn't vote for this shit, but I think collectively, the peoples did a great job.

    Nice mix of soul, rap, and rare groove.

    When it's gloomy outside, I bump this shit all day in my car.
    Lakers 2012-13 Season Soundtrack

    We in this together son, yo beef is mine.

  • SIRUSSIRUS 2,554 Posts
    outside of that skit i wonder if keith murray liked this album?

  • SIRUSSIRUS 2,554 Posts
    outside of that skit i wonder if keith murray liked this album?

  • I remember when this album dropped my friend Khalil and I copped it and tested it on his new sound system in his car. The "Shook Ones Pt 2" was our signature riding song. Good stuff.

  • LamontLamont 1,079 Posts
    those snaredrums are icy cold

  • batmonbatmon 27,581 Posts
    Overrated

  • DORDOR Two Ron Toe 9,755 Posts
    batmon said:
    Overrated


  • piedpiperpiedpiper 1,274 Posts
    The tune is straight up great, but what??s the strut verdict on the "shook ones" video?


    Mobb Deep Shook Ones Part 2 von gregdu92i

    Looks a bit awkward and unintentionally funny IMO.

  • RAJRAJ tenacious local 7,484 Posts
    batmon said:
    Overrated

    Of course, this was released during your "PM Dawn" phase

  • DORDOR Two Ron Toe 9,755 Posts
    RAJ said:
    batmon said:
    Overrated

    Of course, this was released during your "PM Dawn" phase


  • batmonbatmon 27,581 Posts
    Dare and What are better albums.

  • you sitting around the house in your drawers and out your damn mind

    i dont really listen to much thuggy jones stuff these days, but if i hang up that hang up, this record is flawless.
    drink away the pain...perfection


    and the whole decade long unfolding of the shook ones sample is the best example of how entertaining sample spotting can be...ive watched this video probably 50 times:

  • piedpiper said:

    Looks a bit awkward and unintentionally funny IMO.

    umm...what you talking about?? i dont see much to laugh at and i definitely wouldnt roll up to that loading dock expressing those opinions.
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