Kings of Hip-Hop hit Iowa

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 5:00 AM

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Mobb Deep, a hip-hop duo from Queens, N.Y., will take the Englert Theater stage this weekend.
The two will perform at the Englert, 221 E. Washington St., at 9 p.m. on Friday. Admission is $22 in advance, $25 day of show, and $50 for a VIP Meet and Greet.

The group consists of Prodigy and Havoc, both of whom contribute verses to the songs, and Havoc is also a producer. Mobb Deep’s is most recognized for their music which can be categorized as hard-core, East Coast hip-hop.

Havoc and Prodigy started rhyming together in the 80's when they met at the High School of Art and Design in New York City where they first called themselves Poetical Profits.

The two eventually decided to change their name to Mobb Deep because they believed it "reflected their reputation on the streets."

Nathan Gould, the Marketing Director at the Englert said, “For the last 20 years, Mobb Deep has been an important voice and defined hard-core hip-hop.”

The duo has worked with many other artists of this nature throughout their career, including Nas and Wu-Tang Clan.

Mobb Deep’s sophomore album The Infamous is widely considered a classic among the hip-hop community, and the group will have a new, self-titled album coming out soon.

Mobb Deep is currently on tour celebrating its 20th anniversary and promoting its new music.
Gould said Iowa City residents can expect more acts of this nature at the Englert because it tries to host events that get every segment of the community excited.

With Prodigy and Havoc considered the kings of hip-hop music in New York, this event should appeal to all music fans, no matter their genre preference.

— by Mckenna Paulus

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