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Signed to Tommy Boy Records on the strength of his powerful verse on Mobb Deep’s “Give Up The Goods,” Rapper Noyd’s plans for his debut album were waylaid by an unexpected trip up north. With only a handful of completed songs in the can, it was left to Havoc to piece together this album, enlisting the talents of the extended Infamous Mobb family to contribute the remaining thun language.
This vinyl reissue marks the first time that Episodes of a Hustla has been pressed since its commercial release in 1996. To celebrate the milestone, the tracklist has been upgraded from the original version to include the Stretch Armstrong Remix of “Usual Suspect,” which was only previously made available as part of the 12” single. In addition, a Part III of “Recognize & Realize,” produced by Big Ghost LTD, has been added to the tracklist as a bonus track.
The album layout has been upgraded by Mr. Krum, and includes matte finished jackets enhanced with spot gloss over the artist and title panel, with a prologue courtesy of Robbie Ettelson, founder of UNKUT.COM and the Conservative Rap Coalition.
A1. It’s On You
A2. The Precinct
A3. Recognize & Realize (Part I) (feat. Prodigy)
A4. All Pro
A5. Infamous Mobb (feat. Prodigy)
A7. Usual Suspect
B1. Episodes Of A Hustla
B2. Recognize & Realize (Part II) (feat. Mobb Deep)
B3. I Don’t Wanna Love Again (feat Se’kou)
B4. Usual Suspect (Stretch Armstrong Remix)
B5. Recognize & Realize (Part III) (Big Ghost LTD Mix)
*All tracks produced by Havoc, except for A1, B4 and B5 which were produced by Charlemagne, Stretch Armstrong and Big Ghost LTD, respectively.