Time Machine: Murda Muzik Bootleg
It’s April 1999. Mobb Deep are at the top of their game. Timbs and Avirex are what’s hot, but ACG’s are coming through nicely.
The Tunnel is the No 1 Spot. Dj Clue is the mixtape king. NYPD brutally murder an unarmed man in The Bronx.
Murda Muzik is so heavily anticipated that bootlegs start to appear on street corners and Jeeps before the official release. (This was a big thing before everyone had computers and internet connections.)
Bootlegging was an industry in itself. An intern could make a small fortune by selling bootlegs which would be made into greater profits on street corners.
This is for hardcore Mobb fans. The Infamous was an introduction to how grimey the Mobb was living in QB. Hell On Earth was more of a mafioso angle. The Murda Musik bootleg is just raw and unfiltered. It’s glorifying that lifestyle. The Mobb don’t want your sympathy on this one, they just want you to feel it (ll). What I love about the bootleg is its TDK cassette feel, you know?
It’s almost the same as the retail version but with a few different tracks, longer skits and lower sound quality.
Havoc really stripped down his production on this one. He used less samples,but more keyboards and sub-bass.
Cold World & Adrenaline sound like Havoc was just in his basement getting twisted. The beats are as aggressive as ever.
The bootleg was for the zombies…the dudes who come out at 3 at night just because. Adrenaline is a testament to that. It had to be for them, because Mobb wasn’t on no state to state radio promo. They stuck with their core fanbase and the formula worked until Loud folded in 2001, which is when Mobb Deep tried to change their formula on Infamy.
1. Murda Muzik
2. Deer Park Feat Cormega
3. Feel My Gat Blow
4. Hoes Gonna Be A Hoe
5. Thrill Me
7. Where You From Feat Eightball
8. White Lines
9. Where Ya Heart At?
10. You Fuckin’ Wit Feat Big Noyd
11. Thug Muzik
12. The Realest Shit Feat Kool G Rap
13. This One
14. That True Shit