Queens rap duo Mobb Deep were highly praised during their entrance to the game as one of Hip-Hop’s finest groups with a promising future. The click, headed by Prodigy and backed by boardsmith Havoc’s dark beats, propelled the group to superstar status as one of New York City’s elite factions. While the M-O-B-B collaborated with fellow Queensbridge MCs such as Nas, Cormega and Capone, the group didn’t stray to far away from their QB compound working with other New York rappers. Looking back, a more mature Mobb Deep have different feelings on specific rappers they wish they had stepped in the booth with, namely, fellow Queens group the Lost Boyz.
“I definitely wasn’t checking for other people” Havoc revealed. “I missed a lot of stuff in the ’90s that I like now. I just had tunnel vision. There was a lot of dope acts that was out back in the ’90s, like the Lost Boyz. I never paid attention to their stuff.”
The Lost Boyz — a rap group from South Jamaica, Queens, New York — broke out in 1995 with their hit record “Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz,” and though they were known for high-powered party anthems, Hav wasn’t a fan in their heyday. He is today, though. “Now, when I look back on it and I listen to their stuff now, it’s like, ’Yo, they had that sh–.’ They always kept the party poppin’. I really appreciate their music, and I’m glad that they made it,” he said. “That’s ill that they are even a part of the era that we came from.”