On cue today is the new 6-track EP from the Mobb, Survival of the Fittest, which came about after their ESPN NBA Remix of the title track and throwback classic. Now it’s accompanied by some raw beats and rhymes on the handful of original tracks below. I went through it and was noddin’ my head throughout. Give it a listen below:
One more preview of Havoc’s upcoming album, 13 Reloaded, as he teams up with Sheek Louch to let us know what they rep. The album drops next week November 18th.
We have been getting phenomenal consistent releases from Chicago beatsmith A-Villa and we get another one to that impressive streak of releases. A-Villa enlists AZ, Havoc (of MOBB Deep), Freeway, and Macie Stewart (member of Marrow, former member of Kids These Days) on “A Day In The Life”. The single will be a part of the anticipated “Carry On Tradition”, A-Villa’s debut project that is well on its way and coming to a blog near you on November 4th!
About “A Day In The Life”
“When I originally made the beat, it was just a main melody loop of strings and keys with some programmed drums over it. Sonically, I was inspired by Raekwon & Ghostface’s song “Heaven & Hell”, but I wanted to make it an introspective record about a hustler’s come up from the street life to the rap game. And as time passed, I kept going back to the beat and adding more elements. I chopped the melody up more, I played live drums over it, and I wrote a hook that I felt required a female vocalist. So I reached out to the best female vocalist I knew, Macie Stewart, formerly of the popular group Kids These Days. She came to the studio, re-worked the hook, and added some beautiful harmonies throughout. I then sent the beat to AZ, who I knew would set off the track in a classic way. He rapped from the perspective of a hustler that survived the game, did it his way, and is now living the good life. That same approach and theme continued on with Havoc of Mobb Deep and Freeway, both of whom added their own personal narrative to a day in the life of a hustler. Lastly, I orchestrated even more live instrumentation into the track with Graham Burris playing some bass guitar and some live horns at the end by Nico “Donnie Trumpet” Segal, also formerly of the group Kids These Days. Overall, the song has an epic and triumphant feel to it. I’m very happy with the way it came out. It’s one of my favorite songs on my album and I hope everyone enjoys it.”
Bout time we see some visuals from the springtime release of The Infamous… and it is a good choice with the Mack Wilds collab “Low”. Boi-1da, Havoc, and SEVNTHOMAS produce the smooth jam that gets a story to follow up above.
Nas’ Illmatic XX isn’t the only classic rap album commemorating 20 years this month. Mobb Deep changed the game as well in ’95 with The Infamous and their new double album The Infamous Mobb Deep hit stores on April 1st. With the 20th anniversary technically coming up this April 25th, the duo sat down with the homie GY312 to reflect on the 20 years that has past.
Prodigy and Havoc not only talk about the inspiration for the 20th anniversary new album and tour, but also some Snoop and ‘Pac, staying hungry, and how music becomes timeless. Their perspectives were interesting to hear towards the end of this installment of In The Groove, with a quick cameo from 50 Cent closing out the video for good. Stay tuned all the way through to the end, and then tune in for a new Mobb Deep track that hit the web tonight..! “The Outcome”, off DJ Whoo Kid and DJ S.Whit’s upcoming mixtape The Elevation 2 dropping April 19th.