Queens was in full effect last night at the Best Buy Theater in New York City for Mobb Deep's return to New York City area. The anticipated event was the M-O-B-B's first show in the tri-state in over three years, mostly due to the fact the duo's star member Prodigy was locked down in an upstate New York Correctional facility serving out a three year sentence on weapons charges.
"Ya'll welcome my n---a, P home" Havoc demanded giving a chisled chest Prodigy a hug.
The Queensbridge click hit the stage at Best Buy shortly after 10 PM to the excitement of a crowd that sang every Mobb Deep record line for line.
Setting the evening off the QB way, Hav, P and Infamous associate Nyce emerged from a makeshift Queensbridge Houses door complete with the 41-15 address on top of the entrance. The Mobb took it back to the late 90's at the height of their careers donning football jerseys with the words "Hennessy" printed on the front and "H.N.I.C." on the back for Prodigy and "Hav" for the Mobb Deep producer. A hulking looking Prodigy wore black camo shorts, black gloves, dark shades and a green New York Yankess snapback hat. Havoc was also outiftted in New York Yankees garb and black jeans.
A day prior to the show we caught up with the Mobb in their Queens based studio where the pair spoke on getting back onstage following their hiatus.
"We're real dedicated to our music and dedicated to Mobb Deep and to the supporters — all our fans out there" said Prodigy. "To be gone for three years and come back, we just hop right back into it like it's nothing. We know what we got to do."
The duo kicked off the evening with underground favorite "Cobra," backed by a house band, a first for the Infamous. Mobb Deep then electrified the crowd with numerous records from their Murda Muzik, Hell On Earth and Infamous catalog.
The most impressive performance of the evening hands down was the Mobb's "Quiet Storm" that featured a surprise appearance from Lil Kim.
"Hot damn h-e, here we go again" Kim rapped then going into a dance mocking Nicki Minaj's pop-locking moves. Kim recieved whistles and blew kisses back at the audience who was completely flawed by her prescence.
For the duration of the show the Mobb ran through hit, after hit with some audience members in the crowd holding shirts that read "I Got You Stuck Off The Realness" referring to the Mobb's classic record "Shook Ones Pt. II."
At the conclusion of the show, backed by producer Alchemist, Prodigy thanked the crowd for their endless support of Mobb Deep during his prison bid.
"I'm back from that bulls--t bid. We ain't going no where. It's Mobb Deep, forever. Forever!"