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Albert Johnson, (born November 2, 1974) better known as Prodigy, is an Americanmarker rapper and one half of the infamous hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, in addition to producing MC Havoc.

Biography

Debut album

Born in Hempsteadmarker, New Yorkmarker, in Long Islandmarker, Prodigy became a lyrically skilled member of the duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was born with sickle cell anemia and has suffered from the disease throughout his life. Propelled to awareness partially by fellow rapper Nas, who took a similar approach lyrically on his championed Illmatic album from 1994, as well as with the aid of a successful single, "Shook Ones Pt. 2," One of the greatest hardcore rap songs of all time. Mobb Deep suddenly found themselves developing a quickly growing cult. A year later, in 1996, Prodigy and Havoc released Hell on Earth; debuting at number six on SoundScan, the album found them fully realizing their approach, dropping both evocative beats and cinematic rhymes that communicated the dark side of New Yorkmarker's urban landscape. Thanks to a grim video for "Hell on Earth (Front Lines)" and theatrical Scarface-like photos inside the CD booklet picturing the duo with guns and a mound of cocaine, Mobb Deep had created an elaborate image for themselves that took hardcore gangsta rap to a new level for East Coast hip hop. Its next release, Murda Muzik, was heavily bootlegged while still in its demo stage, leaking rough versions of the nearly 30 songs the duo had recorded onto the streets and over the internet.

Recent events

He completed work on his third solo album H.N.I.C. Part 2, which was previewed on his official mixtape The Return of the Mac on the independent label Koch Records. The mixtape single and mixtape video are called "Mac 10 Handle," and it shows Prodigy once again reverting to his trademark braids that he had prior to the release of Mobb Deep's 2004 Amerika'z Nightmare album; different from the short fade he had from 2004 to 2006. H.N.I.C. Pt. 2 was released through Voxonic Inc., of which Prodigy is an equity holder.

2008 Presidential Election

In early June 2008, Prodigy revealed he wasn't too fond of the Barack Obama while he was a presidential candidate. He told BallerStatus.com that Obama was a "phony" and a "plastic president", but also wished him the best of luck. "I wish nothing but love and happiness for him," the rapper said. "But he's either gonna be assassinated to create chaos and bring about Martial Law or he'll live and then years down the line, at the end of his term everybody will see that he's just like the rest of these plastic Presidents, who does absolutely nothing good. Just another puppet for the Royal family."He has also voiced support for Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texasmarker), praising the Republican presidential candidate's stances on government, world banking, and war. Prodigy raps about these issues in a track called "Illuminati" off his third solo album, H.N.I.C. Pt. 2.

Prison

Prodigy was sentenced to three and a half years in prison in October 2007 after pleading guilty to firearms offenses. The sentence was delayed after two medical reprieves.He's currently serving time in prison. Set to be released on 2011.

Feuds

Tupac

In 1995 to 1996, the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry was occurring. This beef started when Tha Dogg Pound released "New York, New York". Mobb Deep took offense to that and with Capone-N-Noreaga and Tragedy Khadafi they released "LA, LA" in response. 2Pac dissed Mobb Deep in "Hit 'Em Up" and "When We Ride on Our Enemies" and made fun of Prodigy's sickle cell disease. Mobb Deep responded in a diss track called "Drop A Gem On 'Em" on their 1996 album Hell on Earth which was released after 2Pac was murdered. 2Pac also dissed Mobb Deep on the song "Against All Odds" which was released after his death.

Keith Murray

On The Infamous, Prodigy made remarks about rappers who rap about "smoking weed" and talk about "space shit".Def Squad took offense but the feud was settled when Prodigy and Keith Murray met at a video shoot. The feud was rekindled when Prodigy again referenced "space shit" in his appearance on LL Cool J's "I Shot Ya" which also featured Murray. Murray saw Prodigy at a club one night and punched him. Prodigy recalled the altercation and threatened Murray in the song "In the Long Run" on Hell on Earth. Murray released a song "Call My Name" on his Enigma album dissing Mobb Deep. The feud seemed to die down until Prodigy dissed Murray again in his 2004 song "Bad Blood." Murray has responded with numerous songs since.

Saigon

During an interview Prodigy stated that he didn't like Saigon, Tru-Life or many other rappers for that matter. Saigon took offense and dissed Prodigy back in an interview.

On the night of September 19 2007, after an impromptu performance by Saigon during a Mobb Deep show, words were exchanged between Saigon and Prodigy. This escalated into an argument, which resulted with Saigon punching Prodigy twice in the face. Two video versions of the events have since emerged. One version with slow motion footage shows a clear look of Saigon punching Prodigy, while another video shows Saigon being chased and running out of the club.

Crooked I

While in jail, Prodigy wrote a letter about how hip-hop is messed up now and that rappers out now aren't what they used to be. He directly dropped Crooked I's name in the rant about vibe.com's best rapper alive 2008. Crooked I responded saying;"I read your letter and you disrespectfully mentioned my name. If you don’t know why Vibe magazine chose to put me in the Best Rapper Alive issue maybe you should have researched me before you wrote what you wrote. Since you have time on your hands, you should check out week 1 thru 52 of my historical Hip Hop Weekly series. Week 33 was a freestyle over your song ‘Get Away’ (one of my favorite Mobb Deep songs). All things considered, there is a price for speaking on a real nigga sideways. Out west we call this price a ‘fade’. I need you to catch my fade, in other words, fight me 1 on 1. Nobody else, just you and me. I’ll wait for your release date since I don’t forget about shit. P.S. Do some push ups."

Discography

Solo albums

Album information
H.N.I.C.

  • U.S. Sales: 700,000
  • Certification: RIAA Certified Gold
  • U.S. Chart position: #3
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #3
  • Singles: "Keep It Thoro", "Rock Dat", "Y.B.E."
Return of the Mac
  • Released: March 27 2007
  • U.S. Sales: 127,000
  • Certification: -
  • Billboard chart position: #32
  • Singles: "Mac 10 Handle", "Stuck On You"
H.N.I.C. Pt. 2
  • Released: April 22, 2008
  • U.S. Sales: 140,000+
  • Certification:
  • Billboard chart position: #36
  • Singles: "A,B,C's", "The Life"


Product of the 80's

Singles

  • "Keep It Thoro" (2000)
  • "Rock Dat Shit" (2000)
  • "Y.B.E." (2000)
  • "Trials Of Love" (2001)
  • "Mac 10 Handle" (2006)
  • "New York Shit" (2006)
  • "Stuck On You" (2007)
  • "A,B,C" (2007)
  • "The Life" (2008)
  • "New Yitty" (2008)
  • "Young Veterans" (2008)
  • "I Want Out" (2008)
  • "Stop Stressin" (2008)
  • "Shed Thy Blood" (2008)
  • "Damn Daddy" (2009)
  • "Veteran Mentality 2


Filmography

  • Blackout (2007)
  • Murda Muzik (2004)


References

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