Prodigy and Havoc have been in many conflicts with other rappers throughout the years. Whether it’s been Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z or Saigon, Mobb Deep has never shied away from a battle. During a very candid interview with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg, Illuminati P breaks down why the group has always been ready to address all drama at a moment’s notice.
PR: It’s almost an honor that you had your sh*t with Pac. I’m just curious, all these years later Pac’s gone, he’s basically a God in hip hop and he talked crazy sh*t about y’all. How does it feel being a dude who was the subject of beef with this dude who is considered an all time great?
Prodigy: At that time we didn’t care who he was, or what he did, or he with–none of that. We was just holding our crew. Holding down our team, holding down our state, out borough. And we was willing to die for that. As stupid as that may sound, we was willing to die over rap music. We was putting our life on the line. At that time we was doing shows in L.A. and all that. That’s why I went so hard at Jay-Z when he said that line in a song because he wasn’t around for none of that. Pac was going at him too. Nas, Jay. Mobb Deep, Biggie. So, Biggie and Mobb Deep was holding it down we wasn’t playing, we was ready to die for that. Get locked up whatever, get shot…because that’e the mentality we had at that time. Thank God we made it out of that and it’s sad that Pac didn’t and Biggie didn’t.
So, when Jay-Z started saying all that crazy stuff [like] he held New York down and ‘New York been soft ever since Snoop came through and crushed the buildings.’ I took that very personal and I said what I had to say about him. I called him a b*tch basically for saying that. He was a b*tch for saying that ’cause he waited ’til everything had died down, he waited until people got murdered…waited ’til everything was over with then come out and said that like he did something.
P goes on to talk about how getting in shape has helped him deal with sickle cell, his book My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy and a lot more.