Mobb Deep Songs Remixed: Listen to 7 of the Best
The rap world is reeling from the shocking news that Prodigy, iconic rapper and one-half of Mobb Deep, died Tuesday (June 20) at age 42. He had been admitted to the hospital days earlier due to complications caused by a sickle cell anemia, a condition he'd struggled with from birth.
As the music world mourns across genres and generations, we at Billboard Dance take a moment to honor his legacy with a list of remixes that best reinterpret a few of Mobb Deep's most beloved songs. No one can ever replace Prodigy, a man who inspired many young MCs to first pick up the mic, but we can continue his life by enjoying the fruits of his lifelong labor.
Mobb Deep – “Shook Ones” (Spaveech Remix)
Take the ride from New York to New Jersey with Spaveech, as he puts a dance music spin on the Infamous anthem. The classic piano melody keeps things eerie, even as the house vibe gets booties moving on the dance floor.
Mobb Deep – “Shook Ones” (Izzamuzzic Remix)
The influence extends to Kazakhstan as Izzamuzzic turns “Shook Ones” into a beautiful, dark modern trap anthem. Havoc and Prodigy's words up the rhythm on the slowed beat, while the hook is catchy as ever.
Mobb Deep – “Shook Ones” (DJ Premier Remix)
DJ Premier is a legend in his own right. One-half of Gang Starr and a gifted producer on the solo tip, he takes a classical eye to this, one of Mobb Deep's biggest hits. It adds a flair of the cinematic, but the hip-hop drums keep this all New York hip-hop.
Mobb Deep – “Survival of the Fittest” (Wonderboy Remix)
Don't let the West Coast sound of this beat fool you. The Mobb Deep boys cross oceans to inspire this U.K.-based producer to cut and scratch all over this classic cut from the duo's second album, The Infamous, for an extra funky take.
Mobb Deep – “Survival of the Fittest” (Benitoloco Remix)
Flutes and strings up the ante on this emotive remix from the U.K.'s Benitoloco. He thrives on the classic New York hip-hop sound, twisting it with some worldly influence that has us coming back for more.
Mobb Deep – “Hell on Earth” (Aesthetic Remix)
This title track from Mobb Deep's third album gets a jazzy face lift, full of laid-back drums and off-center horn, string and piano notes that give the classic tune a cool new sting. There's something sinister about it, like the underlying darkness that made Mobb Deep so compelling in the first place.
Mobb Deep – “Hell on Earth” (Baghiri Remix)
Spanish producer Baghiri went diggin' in the crates for this classic hip-hop-style rework of “Hell on Earth.” Rain falls in the background and sets a scene of introspection as a repetitive standing bass keeps the pace. Definitely worth a few listens.