Mobb Deep using crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic.com to raise funds for The Infamous Mobb Deep, their planned double-disc album, set to be released in April.
Early to mid-1990s rap group powerhouse Mobb Deep are said to be working on a dual-disc release, The Infamous Mobb Deep, set for an April, 2014 release, 20 years after their album The Infamous. Taking a page from the playbook of many artists these days, both known and unknown, the duo is seeking support from fans, asking them to pre-order the album, and otherwise contribute to what is essentially a croudsourced fundraising campaign.
As is typical of such campaigns, there are different levels of “incentives” being offered, depending on the level of monetary contribution, from a copy of the album all the way up to the chance to buy the chance to spit a verse on the album.
“The loyal fans who have supported Mobb Deep for two decades, as well as the new fans who are giving us the chance to still be relevant in an ever changing music landscape will definitely appreciate this PledgeMusic campaign,” stated Havoc, the groups MC/producer.
It is unclear how well the campaign will perform. The duo haven’t released an album together since 2006’s Blood Money, and were plagued by rumors of a breakup after group member Prodigy’s 2011 release from prison after serving a 3 1/2 year bid for gun possession.
Through PledgeMusic.com, a portion of the funds raised for the project will be donated to Falling Whistles, a charity dedicated to achieving peace in Congo, Africa.
As of this writing, the project has raised 62% of its goal, with 37 days left.
The two recently told XXL that there would be some previously unreleased verses from some of hip hop’s heavyweights on the double LP, as one disc will be a remastered version of their classic The Infamous. “It comes with a bonus ten songs that we made in 1994 when we were creating the Infamous album that never made the album,” said Prodigy. “We recently just found those old songs, and there’s verses on there from Ghostface, Raekwon, from me, N.O.R.E., the whole team, that was never heard before, that was never released.
To support the album release, Mobb Deep plans to embark on a 31-date tour across the country, kicking off in San Diego.
To check out and support the project, visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/theinfamousmobbdeep