The Infamous (stylized as The Infamous...) is the second studio album by the American hip hop duo Mobb Deep. It was released on April 25, 1995, by Loud Records. The album features guest appearances by Nas, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and Q-Tip, who also contributed to its production and mixing. 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. Most of the left-over songs from the album became bonus tracks for Mobb Deep's The Infamous Mobb Deep album (2014).
Upon its release, The Infamous achieved notable commercial success, debuting at number 15 on the US Billboard 200 and number 3 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts. On June 26, 1995, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album produced four singles; "Shook Ones Pt. II", "Survival of the Fittest", "Temperature's Rising", "Give Up the Goods (Just Step)", which all achieved varying degrees of chart success, with "Shook Ones Pt. II" being the most successful.
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.
Label: Loud Records 07863 66480-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Hip Hop
Style: Hardcore Hip-Hop
A1 The Start Of Your Ending (41st Side)
A2 [The Infamous Prelude]
A3 Survival Of The Fittest
A4 Eye For A Eye (Your Beef Is Mines)
B5 [Just Step Prelude]
B6 Give Up The Goods (Just Step)
B7 Temperature's Rising
B8 Up North Trip
C9 Trife Life
C10 Q.U. - Hectic
C11 Right Back At You
D12 [The Grave Prelude]
D13 Cradle To The Grave
D14 Drink Away The Pain (Situations)
D15 Shook Ones Pt. II
D16 Party Over