This past Tuesday marked the 22nd anniversary of Mobb Deep’s second album, The Infamous.

Prodigy, one half of the duo, sat down for Mass Appeal‘s “Open Space” to talk about the success of The Infamous, the flop of Juvenile Hell, and more.

When Mobb Deep, originally named Poetical Prophets, stepped on the scene, The Source Magazine named them “Unsigned Hype” in July of 1991. Their 1993 debut album, Juvenile Hell, wasn’t necessarily bad, but it was bad enough to get them dropped from their label.

All was not lost; they hit the ground running, determined to not be unsigned failures . The duo, with the help of A Tribe Called Quest’s leader Q Tip, created one of the best albums in hip hop history with The Infamous.

Mobb Deep went on to have more successful albums, especially with the platinum-selling 1999 album Murda Muzik. This album featured the classic remix to “Quiet Storm,” featuring Lil’ Kim. Prodigy shares how the bootlegging of this project may have been a major key in the album’s sales.

There’s a lot more included in his interview, so catch Prodigy’s tales below.

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