New York crew Mobb Deep are the most brutal and gritty hip-hop group to ever puncture the mainstream. In their corner of the world, blasts of the gat provide release, puffs of marijuana allow escape and men are enemies or accomplices to be killed or betrayed. It's a hell on earth captioned by Havoc's claustrophobic production. Lyricist Prodigy sums up their M.O. succinctly in the classic track "Shook Ones Pt. II": "Another n*gg* deceased/ Another story gets told/ It ain't nothin' really/ Yo, son, spark the Philly."