By Rob Markman
Cocaine is a hell of a drug, and on their first career EP The Infamous Mobb Deep plan to get folks high. Black Cocaine drops November 25 on Black Friday and MTVNews has gotten the first look at the project’s cover art.
The still life photo features black powder on a shadowy white back drop. A rolled-up $100 bill sits beside the powder which is situated to spell out the words “Black Cocaine” in cursive. While the cover shows neither Havoc nor Prodigy, it is a stark and powerful image nonetheless.
“The cover art for the Black Cocaine EP was an idea I came up with then passed over to the [Sony] RED art department. They brought my thoughts to life,” Prodigy told MTV News. “Havoc and I laughed the other day about how hustlers are gonna try to make real black cocaine when they see the cover and hear the music.”
It isn’t the first time that the Queens rap duo chose not to appear on a project’s cover. The front panel for their 1996 LP Hell on Earth only showcased the group’s name and the album title against a fiery backdrop, while their 2003 Free Agents: The Murda Mixtape displayed only rugged fonts against a concrete background.
Since Prodigy’s release from prison in March, Mobb Deep has been busy in the studio working on music for their upcoming ninth studio LP and the Black Cocaine EP. Both projects will be released on the Mobb’s own Infamous Records, thanks to a deal they struck with Sony’s RED distribution.
"The way we structured it is as a distribution deal basically, so we run our own label, Infamous, and we gotta do the daily ins and outs of everything. We gotta handle all the record company business and they get it in the stores for us, basically," Prodigy told MTV News of the deal while backstage at the Rock the Bells tour in September.
Check RapFix every Friday leading up to the release of Black Cocaine for exclusive project updates from Mobb Deep.