The last couple of years have been shaky for Mobb Deep’s legacy, as petty and public tiffs have put the Queens duo’s future in question. But with the drama put behind Havoc and Prodigy, they are ready to spit some more dunn language—together—for their fans.
As they craft the group’s eighth album, The Infamous Mobb Deep, Hav is getting some assistance on the boards from Boi-1da for an update on Mobb Deep’s gritty sound.
“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.”
Boi-1da’s contributions to The Infamous Mobb Deep is just a portion of his 2014 mission statement to bring “real hip-hop” back.
“I’m not with that jiggy stuff,” he says. “I want people to hear my music and be like, ‘Wow that’s hip-hop, but that’s not like fucking backpack.’ Not crazy down-south trendy music—I’m not about trendy. I’m about making legendary and timeless music.”
As for longtime collaborator Drake, Boi-1da says he’d love to hear him drop an all-rap project but the ultimate direction will be determined by Drizzy and Noah “40” Shebib.
“I’m already working on it,” says 1da, who produced “The Language” and “Pound Cake” for Nothing Was the Same. “I’m ahead of the game. I took a small break and I’m going right back at it.” —John Kennedy