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For those unaware of Mobb Deep, this is a group that rose in the mid-90's or "second golden era" of hip-hop. At the time, they brought to the table a mix of aggression, introspection, and street logic to their craft that set them apart from their peers. The combination of Havoc's beats and Prodigy's high level of street rhyming had them ranked as high-echelon rappers among fans and peers. Though their theme of crime-life was common at the time, their particular style set them apart as it was much more detailed, felt more "real", and gave a deeper look into the mind of the street thug waiting to rob you. Most of this was credited to Prodigy's unique voice and serious way of rhyming, and is confirmed by sound bytes of Prodigy's various quotes being sampled and sprinkled in the songs of countless rappers to date.
I usually stay away from autobiographies written by rap figures, because in the macho world of rap, there's a high chance of making themselves look like Superman and/or constantly altering supposedly true events. In this book, Prodigy is brutally honest -- I would say SHOCKINGLY honest at times about himself and others and it is a wonder how some of his friends that he mentions even agreed to let him include some of things written about them. THAT is the charm of this book.
My Infamous Life is a highly detailed account of Prodigy's life who wrote it while serving three years in prison on a gun charge. Starting from birth and health complications that began shortly thereafter, P introduces us to many of his family members and childhood friends and his exploits with them. His father and especially his grandmother led very interesting and eye-opening lives, for better or worse, and his experiences and learnings from them have largely shaped his mindset and way of life.
He goes on to explain his experiences as a youth that couldn't be involved in physical activities as a kid like his peers, bouncing between rural Long Island and inner-city Queens, his early love for hip-hop and how he had to survive as a teen. Prodigy goes into interesting detail explaining meeting Havoc, how he ended up in Queensbridge Projects and how he lived while there, and introduces to his friends from QB, many of which you've heard or heard of if you're fan of Mobb Deep or 90's Queensbridge rap.
We go into how he and Havoc became "Poetical Prophets" and later Mobb Deep, how they got equipment, their work ethic, street life, the influences of their people, and notable events that occured around the makings of all their albums. This is all interweaved with tales of in depth tales of family life, beatdowns, slicings, parties, tours, groupies, heavy drug use, run-ins with notable street thugs & gangsters, numerous altercations with other rappers (who are mentioned by name), incidents with movie stars and r&b chicks, personal tragedies, spurts of englightenment, and even visions of spirits and an encounter with a UFO. On top of all that, he interjects occasionally with briefs commentaries on his life in prison.
For those wondering.. yes, Prodigy gives his thoughts about the conflicts with Jay-Z and Nas, and mentions incidents between them that were previously unknown. The book also exposes certain levels of strife that were present within the Mobb Deep circle, and answers questions numerous fans had about certain decisions made by the group.
Fans of Mobb Deep or those interested in urban street stories should definately give this one a check out. 5-star rating for honesty.