Freestyle 101: Prodigy (Mobb Deep)


Posted February 19, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: Prodigy (Mobb Deep) »


Anyone who loves hip hop knows veteran New York duo Mobb Deep. Their 1995 breakthrough sophomore album The Infamous featured hits “Survival of the Fittest” and “Shook Ones Part II” and cemented their rep as one of the hardest ever. So imagine our excitement when Prodigy agreed to tape a Freestyle 101 at Play Studios and rap for us over a crazy Messiaz beat. Hell, he even rapped about Xbox, PS3 and Grand Theft Auto, making this perfect for the G4 crowd.

But fame in the rap game comes with a price, and rappers Prodigy and Havoc know this all too well. Beefs over the years with everyone from Tupac to Jay-Z to Fat Joe have kept their name in the headlines, but also forced some fans to choose sides, making as many Mobb Deep naysayers as fans. And when they hooked up with 50 Cent and signed with his G-Unit Records a few years back, the polarization continued. But critics were silenced when Blood Money was released in 2006 and featured all the sinister beats, catchy hooks and bangin’ rhymes fans have come to expect, reminding everyone why Mobb Deep has stayed in the game so long: They are incredible.

But Freestyle 101 was floored to hear that this would be one of P's last freestyles for a while as he was being hauled off to jail on weapons charges (tune in to G4’s exclusive interview where he discuss his arrest and accusations that New York police tried to use him to set-up labelmate 50 Cent). So extra special thanks to Prodigy and our fave publicist Jackie O for hooking this up. And make sure to pick up Prodigy’s new album H.N.I.C. 2, out on March 25.

FYI, this edition of Freestyle 101 is among our first from what we’re calling The New York Sessions, a recent week-long trip to the Big Apple where we shot just about every rapper you can think of, including Fat Joe, Sheek Louch, Ice-T, M.O.P., Heltah Skeltah, Buckshot, Immortal Technique, Thirstin Howl III, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Ali Vegas, Hell-Razah, Shabazz the Disciple, Big Noyd, Teflon, Smooth da Hustler and more. Check out the behind the scenes photos here.

Next week’s Freestyle 101 features Cyco of horrorcore legends Insane Poetry, so hit us up at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 26th. So visit us on MySpace, watch past episodes, rant in the Forums or check out some freestyles from fellow New York MCs Shyheim, Sean PricePapoose, Termanology, Joell Ortiz, Cormega, Guru and Trife da God.

Freestyle 101: Prodigy (Mobb Deep)


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