Pinning down Mobb Deep has never been an easy task, since their oeuvre ranges from sex brags like "Hit It From the Back" to odes to romantic concession like "Hey Luv (Anything)," which ended up being their biggest mainstream hit thanks to some soppy harmonies by r&b crooners 112. But of course, the Queensbridge dunnies' bread and butter has always been thuggish admonishments like "Shook Ones, Pt. II" and "Quiet Storm"—not to overlook the best track to come out of the group, Prodigy's solo cut "Keep It Thoro." Tonight, they celebrate 20 years of what they hope is infamy. With Dead Prez, Alchemist, Carnage the Executioner, Tony Bones.
Sat., Sept. 14, 9 p.m., 2013