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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mobb Deep at the Doug Fir, Sunday April 20

Posted by Minh Tran on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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All photos by Minh Tran.

On Sunday night, Mobb Deep put on a powerful, bare-bones show that served as a not-so-gentle reminder that they wrote the great American songbook for East Coast gangster rap almost 20 years ago, and did it within a span of two perfect albums. While they've had bigger, more club-focused hits since, the crowd clearly favored the brutal album cuts off both The Infamous and Hell on Earth.

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Working through a dense library of songs, the set felt a lot shorter than its one-and-a-half-hour runtime, with the only respite being a shout out to deceased rap soldiers, including former archrival Tupac, a gesture my date found "so cute and adorable!" A good smattering of enthused and very mohawked punk rockers made it clear that the Mobb's influence stretched beyond rap listeners, and that their stories of hustle, oppression, and intimidation struck a universal and ominous chord.

At the end of what could possibly have been the smallest (albeit sold out) crowd they've played for in a decade, Prodigy exclaimed it was "One of the best shows on tour!" With all of the love beaming in the room, we could believe it.

Lots more photos after the jump.

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