Mobb Deep is an American Hip Hop Duo from Queensbridge Houses in New York That Cosists of Havoc and Prodigy.
Havoc is from the New York City housing project Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, Queens; his mother is from Brooklyn, NY. Havoc is the lead producer of Mobb Deep he has produced songs for MCs such as Eminem, Nas, Foxy Brown, Onyx, The Notorious B.I.G., Jadakiss, Styles P, Method Man, Game, Diddy, LL Cool J, La The Darkman, Rohff, Big Noyd, Termanology, Per Vers, O.G.C., Tragedy Khadafi, Capone-N-Noreaga, and his own partner Prodigy on his solo work. In the spring of 2005, Mobb Deep was signed to fellow Queens rapper 50 Cent’s record label G-Unit Records. In late 2009 50 Cent dropped the duo from the label.
Born in Hempstead, New York, Prodigy became a member of the duo Mobb Deep. He comes from a musical family—his grandfather, Budd Johnson, and his great-uncle Keg Johnson are remembered for their contributions to the Bebop era of jazz. His mother, Fatima Johnson, was a member of The Crystals. Propelled to awareness partially by fellow rapper Nas, who took a similar approach lyrically on his Illmatic album from 1994, as well as with the aid of a successful single, “Shook Ones Pt. 2,” Mobb Deep released The Infamous in 1995 and sold over 500,000 within the first two months. A year and a half later, at the end of 1996, Prodigy and Havoc released Hell on Earth; debuting at number six on SoundScan the album was composed with both evocative beats and cinematic rhymes that communicated the dark side of New York’s urban landscape. Due to a grim video for “Hell on Earth (Front Lines)” and theatrical Scarface-like photos inside the CD booklet picturing the duo with guns and a mound of cocaine, Mobb Deep had created an elaborate image for themselves that took hardcore gangsta rap to a new level for East Coast hip hop and the album sold over 500,000 units within the first two months again. Its next release, Murda Muzik, was heavily bootlegged while still in its demo stage, leaking, onto the streets and over the internet, rough versions of the nearly 30 songs the duo had recorded.