Mobb Deep’s artistry missing

Fans who came to Lupo’s Tuesday night looking for the Mobb Deep they know are probably still on the hunt.

In their guise as new members of the ever-expanding G-Unit posse, the Mobb — composed of rapper Prodigy and rapper/producer Havoc of Queens Bridge, N.Y. — delivered not so much a performance, but a cross between a marketing plan and a late-night party.

Goal No. 1 of the plan: Promote their new album “Blood Money,” which was released on May 2.

The strategy: Inundate the audience with “Blood Money” songs, including ” The Infamous,” “Pearly Gates,” “Capital P Capital H,” “It’s Alright,” the Indian-flavored “Give It To Me,” “Put “Em In Their Place,” which they played twice, and the horrible “Backstage Pass,” which they played twice.

The dark artistry that’s defined the duo for over a decade got lost amidst this flood of new mediocrity, a posse of no less than 10 backup rappers/hype men onstage, and a bevy of girls called up from the audience to writhe and wriggle while Hav and P coasted through their set…continue reading at


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