DJ Absolut Unearths Unreleased Mobb Deep Track 'Greatness': Listen
As hip-hop recovers from the passing of Prodigy, DJ Absolut is keeping the fallen rapper's legacy alive through his ongoing Mixtape Monday series. Absolut previously shared the unreleased Mobb Deep track "What You Think" in July and dipped back into his archive to unveil another record from the famed group titled, "Greatness," on Monday (Aug 21).
As the title suggests, Prodigy wastes no time reminding folks about Mobb Deep's influence and fires off bars on the gritty, menacing arrangement about the collective's longevity in the rap game. "These dudes is played out I guess/ Fame ain't for lames, it's only for the authentic who throw flames/ My s--t is jet fueled, yours is propane," he raps.
"I'm a King in this thing, you just a jester/ Joker a-- n---as wanna spit with the best of them." Havoc follows suit with lines like "And I won't change, why would I?/ You couldn't see me with Slick Rick's good eye."
At a recent appearance at Hard Fest in California, Havoc remembered his friend and Mobb Deep member Prodigy and revealed that the duo's hit record "Shook Ones, Pt. II" almost never happened. "One specific time that I remember in making the album was actually in my house in the projects creating ‘Shook Ones’ and I was home upstairs by myself making the beat I really didn’t think too much of it," he said.
He continued, "Prodigy and the crew came upstairs to check out what I was doing and they said ‘Hey, what beat is that you playing?’ I was like “Ah, you know, it ain’t nothing, just a beat that I made. It ended up being 'Shook Ones' and I was about to like erase the beat. They was like ‘Hell no, save this beat we gonna use this,’ and it became ‘Shook Ones'."
Listen to "Greatness" from Mobb Deep below.