Mobb Deep are a bit of an obsession for me. I read Prodigy’s book as soon as it came out; on hardback son! (what a bizarre sentence). I’d recommend it to anyone obsessed with Mobb Deep or just a passing interest in that era of hip hip. The stories about them running wild in clubs around NY are crazy, from a different galaxy than Watch The Throne or Lil’ Wayne. Maybe not that far from Lil’ Wayne…
I can remember I didn’t even like this tune too much at first. The beat didn’t sound sampled or hard enough to my teenage Scottish rural thug wannabe ears. I wanted cut up crackly old loops or nothing. I also wasn’t down with Lil’ Kim being on it. How misguided I was!
Quiet Storm (Remix)
The instrumental of this track used to run around in the background of Westwood’s shows as he interviewed mumbling, drunk and high rappers. Over and over again it ran creating a heavy sense of menace that was offset by Westwood’s bufoonery. I didn’t even find him funny then; I was just waiting to hear the next track. I used to record the whole thing and listen back the next day on the bus into town. This track is burned in my brain and I like Lil’ Kim’s verse now. Subliminal Westwood, subliminal !