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The Infamous is an apposite title for hip-hop duo Mobb Deep’s landmark album. Released 20 years ago last month, it mixed both members’ strengths—Prodigy’s focused aggression; Havoc’s haunting, nuanced production—to create one of the definitive albums of the ’90s. The quiet yet ominous opening notes of “Shook Ones Part II” meld seamlessly with Prodigy’s dark descriptions of life in a Queens housing project, and the track still resonates with listeners despite the fact that the accompanying video is an aesthetic throwback to 1995. Two decades later, that dynamic hasn’t changed much: Prodigy and Havoc still produce battle cries that electrify fans. Their D.C. visit will be a celebration of the group’s Infamous early days as well as its later catalogue. Mobb Deep performs at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25–$45. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.