It’s been exactly sixteen years since Mobb Deep dropped their second album The Infamous. To commemorate the anniversary of the album’s release, Complex took an in-depth look at each of the critically acclaimed LP’s tracks, including interviews with the duo and others involved in the album’s production.
Both members explained how the track “Eye for a Eye (Your Beef Is Mines)” featuring Nas and Raekwon came together.
“I knew Nas since I was six or seven because we both went to the same daycare after-school in the projects,” explained Havoc. “And growing in the neighborhood, everybody knew everybody. Then as a teenager I got a little closer to Nas before me and him even had a record deal. So we were always there, but just running separate courses.”
Prodigy said he and Havoc became the link between Nas and Raekwon, the latter of whom was very interested in doing a record with Nas.
He said,“We was just chilling with Rae and Ghost[face], smoking bud, drinking 40s, just wilding in they projects and shit. And when we were out there chilling with them niggas, Rae was like, ‘Yo, introduce us to Nas. We want to do some music with Nas.’ So we were like, ‘Alright, we’ll line that up.’ Rae actually, he drove us back to the projects that night and we were like, ‘Yo, tomorrow we’re going to get Nas’ number for you and we’re going to make some shit happen.’ So the next day we told Nas about the situation.
“We told Nas, ‘Yo, Raekwon from Wu-Tang wants to do some music with you. Come to the studio, we’ve got a song for both of ya to get on anyway.’ So he came and did that and that’s how them niggas met. The next day we lined that studio session up and we just made it happen.”
Read the rest of the interviews here.