The rapper and producer performs solo at Skully's on Saturday
It would be understandable if rapper/producer Havoc was still experiencing a degree of phantom limb syndrome following the 2017 death of Mobb Deep partner Prodigy.
A late 2017 solo tour launched in the wake of the MC’s passing served as an extended memorial, with Havoc rapping Prodigy’s verses on Mobb Deep classics like “Eye for an Eye” and “Hell on Earth.” Considering his emotions in the immediate aftermath of the loss — “I can’t even listen to ‘Shook Ones’ or any song,” Havoc told Rolling Stone — the solo tribute venture marked a stunning turnaround.
Two years later, Havoc is still carefully shepherding his cohort’s legacy, teasing out unreleased Prodigy tracks and wiling away on a final Mobb Deep album, which has been rumored for nearly a year. Keeping in mind this focus, and the fact that it’s been nearly four years since Havoc’s last solo LP (The Silent Partner, recorded alongside the Alchemist and released in 2016), expect the rapper’s concert at Skully’s on Saturday, Jan. 11, to serve as both a celebration of Mobb Deep’s history and a reminder of the lingering impact of Prodigy, whose approach to hip-hop was so visceral, so physical (he once threatened to “rock you in your face, stab your brain with your nose bone” on “Shook Ones Pt. 2”) that it’s hard to imagine him ever resting in peace, whether reflecting on his time on Earth or weighing whatever it is that comes after.