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''The Infamous'' is the second studio album by the American hip hop duo Mobb Deep, released April 25, 1995, on Loud Records. The album features guest appearances from Nas, Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah, A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip, and close Mobb Deep affiliate Big Noyd. Embedded with hyper-visual lyricism, dark soundscapes, gritty narratives, and hard beats, it marked Mobb Deep's transition from a relatively unknown rap duo to an influential and commercially successful one.
Upon its release, ''The Infamous'' achieved notable commercial success. It debuted at number 15 on the ''Billboard'' 200, and number three on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. The album produced three main singles, which all achieved varying degrees of chart success, with Shook Ones Pt. II being the most successful. On June 26, 1995 the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The album's haunting style, defined by its evocative melodies, rugged beats, and lyrics dealing with crime and poverty in inner-city neighborhoods reflected the dark side of New York's urban landscape in a manner that garnered special recognition and critical praise. Along with albums such as ''Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)'', ''Illmatic'', and ''Ready to Die'', ''The Infamous'' is widely credited as a major contributor in the East Coast Renaissance. Furthermore, the album is credited for helping redefine the sound of the hardcore hip-hop sub-genre using its production style, which incorporated eerie piano loops, distorted synthesizers, eighth-note hi-hats, and sparse bass lines. - Wikipedia