Big Boi's 25 Favorite Albums

Mobb Deep, The Infamous (1995)

Label: Loud, RCA, BMG

Big Boi: "I love the album for the production. It was dark. Hard, too. This was around the time we were working on our second record. It was two dudes from New York, and the beats were crazy, and they were just spittin'. They were New York dudes, with some heavy 808s, and some crazy chopped up samples. They really got down on that.

"There was a mutual respect [between us and artists from New York]. These were like the Civil Rights days of music, when the South was looked at as not being lyrical, or whatever. Of course you had Scarface, but they didn't give him all his recognition. But for us to come in, and really be bustin', and letting them know that the South had something to say, it just [led to] a mutual respect and admiration for the music."

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