Shuffle Song Of The Day (3/27/18/: “Shook Ones Part II” By Mobb Deep

“Shook Ones part II” was the lead single off of the 1995 album The Infamous by Queens, NY rap duo Mobb Deep. One of the best rap duos of all time, Prodigy and Havoc were both only 20 when this masterpiece of an album was released. This song gave birth to one of the most recognizable and frequently used rap beats of all time, so to say Havoc brought his A game when producing this track would be an understatement. A common misconception about this song is that only a censored version exists, as you’ll notice every swear is blocked out. The truth is that this is a remake of an earlier Mobb Deep song called “Shook Ones”, hence the part II in the name. This remake was censored on purpose as a way of getting the song to reach a wider audience by being able to play it on the radio easily. The original “Shook Ones” would be released on their next album Hell On Earth, which is kinda weird that they released part II before part 1. I guess they sorta pulled a Quentin Tarantino move there by releasing things out of order to keep everybody on their toes. The original track can be heard here.

The darker beat and use of profanity makes this song go even harder than before, which doesn’t seem possible because of how good part II is. I plan on doing a blog of my favorite rap duos of all time soon, and I expect these 2 to be very high up on that list. RIP Prodigy, and it’s a damn shame that such an OG had to die in the lamest way possible (He choked to death on an egg).

Favorite Lyric(s)

I got you stuck off the realness, we be the infamous,
You heard of us, official Queensbridge murderers,
The Mobb comes equipped for warfare, beware,
Of my crime family who got nuff shots to share

Your crew is featherweight, my gunshots’ll make you levitate

I’m only nineteen but my mind is old,
And when the things get for real my warm heart turns cold

Son, they shook,
Cuz ain’t no such things as halfway crooks,
Scared to death, scared to look, they shook,
Cuz ain’t no such things as halfway crooks,
Scared to death, scared to look,
Living the live that of diamonds and guns,
There’s numerous ways you can choose to earn funds,
Some get shot, locked down and turn nuns,
Cowardly hearts and straight up shook ones, shook ones,
He ain’t a crook son, he’s just a shook one

Sometimes I wonder do I deserve to live,
Or am I going to burn in hell for all the things I did,
No time to dwell on that cause my brain reacts,
Front if you want kid, lay on your back

Cuz long as I’m alive I’mma live illegal,
And once I get on I’mma put on all my people

Shuffle Songs Of The Day Spotify playlist https://open.spotify.com/user/uktsrm7377738r178iaacxnjz/playlist/5zEvXmKpS7QJmK1jDsf45c?si=WqKeFrfMQC20deIAYm1QNA

 

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