This week, we lost one of the best to ever do it, one half of a group that was also the best to ever do it. Mobb Deep was able to transport a kid born and raised in California right into the hallways of Queensbridge before the Internet allowed you to go almost anywhere via Google Maps.
Queens native Evie Blanco keeps it extra raw on “Uncut Raw”, where she hijacks a record from Havoc’s 2013 solo LP and goes in, which ended up getting the approval of Havoc himself. Evie had a tumultuous previous stint in rap, but is back at it. Regarding life on the come-up after a messed-up deal:
I signed an indie deal in like 2009 and it was complete bullshit. I was young and didn’t have guidance so I encountered a lot. [After that,] I did everything from mixtape distribution to graphics to fashion show coordinating, but still went into the studio periodically. My desire to chase a career as a rapper kinda died but my love for creating ill music didn’t. Having dope friends and family actively in the industry has always inspired me to push forward, which is why one way or another, I made a career out of hip-hop. You’ll hear my lil voice here and there though. Now that I have control and flexibility, I have an idea of what I’m looking to do next.
Evie Blanco plans to drop her solo LP this coming fall.
Dope day for new music. Mobb Deep give us the first single from their upcoming album, titled The Infamous Mobb Deep which is set to feature verses from Noreaga, Raekwon and Ghostface and will be a two-disc album with 10 bonus songs and skits recorded in 1994.
Check out some snippets from the upcoming collaborative project by Mobb Deep’s Prodigy and super-producer The Alchemist. This joint will feature appearances by the likes of Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, Havoc and Raekwon the Chef. Check for it in stores on June 11th. Somebody needs to have my advance press copy in the inbox ASAP-early!
My Queens renaissance theory seems to be holding up. Mobb Deep is apparently back together now, but Havoc links with the PLK for this joint off of Hav’s upcoming 13, which I’m hoping is crack.