When: Fri., Oct. 21, 12 a.m. 2011
More than a decade and a half after it dropped, Mobb Deep's breakthrough single "Shook Ones Pt. II" still feels as bracingly raw as ever, and it remains a peak moment in New York hip-hop's infatuation with minimalist beats and verite criminality. Like all good Mobb Deep tracks, it's a masterpiece of ruthless efficiency; they turn little more than a crackling breakbeat, a detuned sample of a Herbie Hancock piano figure, and the occasional wash of atonal sound into a grim, colorless world of bad feelings and violent felonies populated solely by Mobb Deep MCs Prodigy and Havoc—baby-faced but still looking like ruthless, dead-eyed killers—and an unlucky you. (Its video features the pair hanging around a bombed-out-looking lot in Queens with a bunch of roughneck friends, which is what casually racist rural white people still think big cities are like.) The group fell off in the early aughts after ill-advisedly getting involved in the Jay-Z/Nas feud, and Prodigy spent a chunk of the rest of the decade behind bars, but the bright side is that they haven't had the opportunity to sully their reputation like some of their peers from back in the day. —Miles Raymer Alchemist & Big Noyd, Rude One, Trilogy, and Boy Wonder open.