4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
[HARDCORE HIP-HOP] East Coast gangster rap godheads Mobb Deep have had a rough decade. Outed as studio thugs in 2001—at New York radio station Hot 97's annual hip-hop summit Summer Jam, Jay-Z projected a photo of group member Prodigy as a kid, uncharacteristically smiling and dressed for dance lessons, on the stadium Jumbotron—the duo spent the rest of the aughts scrambling to reclaim the hardcore cred it'd built in the ’90s, leading to subpar albums, increasingly cartoonish lyrics and a stint with G-Unit Records, an embarrassing concession considering 50 Cent feuded with the group during his scorched-earth rise to fame. Then Prodigy did a three-year prison term for gun possession, got out and started beefing with his partner, Havoc. Disheartening as all that recent history is, it can't diminish the chilling power of classics like "Shook Ones Pt. II" and "Quiet Storm," or the fact that 1995's The Infamous is one of the best albums of its era. Hopefully, after a few years on hiatus and a decade-plus removed from its commercial peak, the group will get back to doing what it once did best: telling smart, gritty street tales, real or imagined.
Where: Alhambra Theatre
Address: 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd.