THE DOCTOR’S ORDERS PRESENTS — HAVOC, BIG NOYD & DJ L.E.S
The legendary Mobb Deep came equipped for warfare on tour celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their fourth album Murda Muzik. The Infamous Mobb Deep are a pioneering rap group to emerge from New York City in the 90’s era, a group which perfected a signatory sound which meant some of their tracks instantly became timeless classics. A grittier rap group, their tracks often contained graphic imagery of growing up in Queensbridge Houses and Mobb Deep are some of QB’s finest who provided the soundtrack to the streets. Murda Muzik dropped on August 17 1999 with collaborations from various other including, Cormega on What’s Ya Poison and Big Noyd on Streets Raised Me. This one album alone houses several hits including the crowd pleasing Shook Ones and Quiet Storm on which Havoc has sampled, White Lines (Don’t Do it) by Melle Mel. The mixture of dope lyrics and beats, it’s hard to believe it’s been over twenty years since this album came out as it still has the same impact when played now.
Mid world tour, Mobb Deep’s flight from Bulgaria to London had been cancelled so they had to make the which meant they came straight from the airport to the London stage, not even stopping at the hotel, ‘We know we had fans waiting’ – Big Noyd. DJ L.E.S took to the stage with Big Noyd hyping up the crowd ready for Havoc to rush out performing Survival of the Fittest, what a hard tune to start with, the crowd was ready reciting rhyme for rhyme, instantly the energy levels went up, this is what we had come for!
They performed various tracks not just those on Murda Muzik, so there were bangers for everyone to wild out. Observing some the younger faces at the London show at the Oval, the crowd was more diverse than I had expected. If anything, the diversity was a testimony of the longevity of Mobb Deep, and their mass appeal even to a younger audience. Havoc and Big Noyd are charismatic storytellers hailing from Queensbridge, who captivated us with their movements on the stage mimicking actions to their words. We were engaged.
As the show continued, The Realest by Prodigy blared out of the speakers, Havoc let his verse roll out. It’s always emotional to hear P’s voice but there was something cathartic about being in the same room as P’s family — Havoc, Big Noyd and L.E.S. With the bass pumping through the floor, we were celebrating Prodigy’s life and diverse discography together which gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. As L.E.S played Thug Music, Havoc shared that this was one of his favorite Prodigy songs — Rest in Peace P we will never forget you.
More of my favorites Eye for an Eye and Right Back at You had me hyped. Then came another of favorites tracks — It’s Mine on which Nas’ mention of Barbra Streisand on his drives me crazy every time I hear it. Havoc’s use of the sample from Tony’s Theme from the movie Scarface, is enchanting. Havoc has done an amazing job on the production here, I had instant feeling of nostalgia thinking of the luxurious music video produced by Hype Williams to this song. ‘We had a lot of fun shooting that’ Havoc later told me.
The darker sounds of Godfather Part 3 had some of the more hardcore fans going crazy. The melody of Get Away always takes me away to another zone, and hearing Temperature’s Rising was also special for me, that brought back a lot of memories as well. The Learning (Burn) feat. Big Noyd & Vita got everyone bouncing, that instrumental is killer but L.E.S kept the party jumping mixing it into 50 Cent — Outta Control ft. Mobb Deep which was a real treat for fans.
There were many tracks I was left longing for such as, U.S.A (aiight then), but Mobb Deep’s discography is so rich its always impossible to do it justice in just one show. The show ended with Shook Ones Part 2, the tune that is guaranteed to get the crowd jumping with excitement every time leaving us wanting more.
A great night of real hip hop. I caught up with them after the show to ask how they managed to come straight from the airport to do the show with nothing but energy and good vibes.
HAVOC: The secret is not wanting to let your fans down, so even if we don’t got no fucking energy we got to fake it like we got energy for the fans. People have paid their money to come and see you so you can’t just be like, I’m tired. You got to pull that energy from deep within and be like fuck it.
NOYD: That’s exactly what it is. When the fans are there you, draw energy from them.
Full Mobb Deep Interview for I Am Hip Hop coming soon, watch this space!