Published Nov 04, 2013Queens rap duo Mobb Deep have been talking up their long-awaited and reportedly self-titled ninth LP for a couple of years now, and while the record won't likely hit our ears in the immediate future, the group's Prodigy notes that progress is being made.
While the rapper didn't offer up any song details, he told All Hip Hop that the group's first record since 2006's Blood Money sticks to the tried and true Mobb Deep formula.
"So far what we've been doing all Havoc production. Just staying grounded, don't try and chase whatever trend in music," Prodigy said. "We can experiment here and there with a couple of songs, but for the most part we gotta stick to our guns."
Prodigy noted that while Havoc may be handling the bulk of the beats, longtime collaborator the Alchemist may supply some sounds on the LP as well. The producer had previously worked on the group's Murda Muzik, Infamy and Amerikaz Nightmare, as well as worked with Prodigy on the 2013 collaborative Albert Einstein.
It's also possible that the record may feature a few extra MCs, though Prodigy confirmed that guest appearances will be kept to a minimum.
"I think it's better like that. This is your album. People ain't buying a compilation album. They wanna hear you," he said. "It's nice to have features. Just don't overdo it."
Though nothing has been set in stone, Prodigy hinted that he'd okay an Action Bronson appearance, having himself just recorded a feature for the fellow Queens native's to-be-detailed LP on Fool's Gold. He also gave love to Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt.
"I like Earl. Earl got an ill style. He makes beats crazy to me," Prodigy explained. "When I listen to his music it reminds me of Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang but in a different type of way — young, crazy type of way. They even more crazy than we were."
Though neither a firm album title or street date has been confirmed, Mobb Deep's next LP is expected to arrive via a partnership between their own Infamous Records and Sony's RED Distribution.