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Mobb Deep – “Peer Pressure” [Audio, Lyrics, Video]

Mobb Deep - Peer Pressure (prod. DJ Premier)

Throwback to Mobb Deep’s 1993 “Peer Pressure” track produced by DJ Premier. Watch the video, listen, stream, buy, read the lyrics, mp3 download the song.

Mobb Deep Peer Pressure
Mobb Deep Peer Pressure

Given how much Mobb Deep has accomplished in the rap game, boasting an incredible discography and no shortage of legendary tracks, it’s hard to imagine a time when they were only getting started. Yet on this day in 1993, twenty-eight years ago to be specific, Havoc and Prodigy’s debut album Juvenile Hell was first released. Though hindsight would see it — perhaps unfairly — overshadowed by their classic sophomore The Infamous, there remains plenty of charm found on the Mobb’s first LP.

Especially on the DJ Premier-produced “Peer Pressure,” a track that eschews their signature darker sound in favor of a more typically old-school sound. Though it might prove a little too vintage for certain modern sensibilities, hip-hop historians should appreciate this blast from the past — especially considering how integral New York’s hip-hop scene was in building the culture as we have come to know it.

Mobb Deep – Peer Pressure (prod. DJ Premier)

Lyrics

[Hook]
The pressure… (you gotta find a way to deal with)
Dealin’ with the peer pressure

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[Verse 1: Havoc]
As a young black teen, everyday I, deal
With the pressure and mixed up is how I feel
I walk the streets with a fuck you attitude
And when it comes to my peoples, you ain’t half as rude
Follow the crowd or be a leader, take your pick
Now I’m smokin’ buddha philly blunt style
A frustrated and confused young juvenile
King of the project blues so I choose
To take a piece of the action
But my sober state of mind won’t let it happen
So, 24/7 is the number one stresser
Dealin’ with the peer pressure

[Hook]

[Verse 2: Prodigy]
Most don’t understand how it is
In the world of today growin’ up as a young black teen
I used to dream, of bein’ a architect
Easier said than done, believe me it’s hard to get
Out of the projects, without forgettin’ where you came from
My parents told me from day one
Finish school and avoid all obstacles
But my environment makes it so impossible
For instance, build a strong social life
Without messin’ up, still tryin’ to live right
Like in junior high, I used to wonder why
Certain females went out with certain guys

[Verse 3: Havoc]
Then one day, it all dawned on me, yo
You gotta be down and have it goin’ on, see?
I wasn’t down with the mainstream or should I say their team, huh
Now I’m gettin’ steamed
Gotta find a way to get accepted by my peers
So now I’m sippin’ on beers

Buyin’ new gear, nuthin’ but the best
Forget Levi’s, strictly Polo and Guess
But how would I make the cash?
It gotta be easy and it gotta be fast
Thinkin’ to myself “Does that make me lesser?”
Just, dealin’ with the peer pressure

[Hook x2]

[Verse 4: Prodigy]
Around my way there’s a kid that most don’t understand
How he lives, is it negative or positive?
He has a grade A average
But when he’s on the streets with his friends, he’s a savage
A freshman of high school, daily attendant
He never got in trouble, never did he get suspended
Good little Kenny, who would believe?
He dropped out of school to start to smoke weed
I saw the signs but I didn’t pay attention
Because he got offended every time that I would mention
The drinkin’, the smokin’, the low school grades
And sleepin’ in class, laid back with his black shades
Nowadays, you catch Kenny hangin’ in the hallways
With his crew, findin’ more ways
To break out of school and hit the block and get buckwild
Stay out of the way of a mad child
‘Cause he’s a product of hell
Kenny never fell but he’s gonna fall overall
So, let’s take a trip to the ghetto
Where Kenny got drunk and bought a burner off his man, so
He pulled the trigger and the suicide note read:
“I’m glad it’s finally over and I’m finally dead
And no more do I have to feel lesser
Or deal with the peer pressure”

[Hook x2]

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