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My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy (Anglais) Relié – 19 avril 2011

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Thugs, Guns, Drugs, Industry and a quest for Knowledge 23 avril 2011
Par Chieck Kongo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
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.
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insightful autobiography 22 avril 2011
Par Harriet Klausner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is an insightful autobiography that hooks the audience from the Introduction as Prodigy in a prison four hours from the city realizes he is just another inmate though a celebrity. From there Prodigy explains his family roots changed from musical affluence to the Queensborough projects where violent crime is the norm. For instance, Prodigy, who suffers from Sickle Cell Anemia, admits he committed a robbery to insure he met the code of high school which reminded me of the 1950s Blackboard Jungle by Evan Hunter. His family also knew crime first hand when his aunt a bartender was shot in Queens. When he became a famous rapper, blood money and drugs eventually led to prison. There he found out who his true friends are.

This is a timely fabulous memoir as Albert Johnson pulls no punches with his insightful look at his "infamous life" and at the civil war era of Hip Hop. Profound throughout Mr. Johnson lays bare his guts of thriving and dying in the concrete jungle of New York. Although too frequent use of the first person "I" pronoun at the start of sentences (even for an autobiography) feels a bit disjointing, readers will appreciate the honesty that Mr. Johnson provides in this deep gripping introspective memoir.

Harriet Klausner
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Insightful 19 juillet 2011
Par QueenNyla - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
My Infamous Life written by Prodigy, is insightful and real. Prodigy takes you into his world and you feel as if you are going down memory lane right with him. The book has Many Many Lows, however as Prodigy explained he was child for 16-17 years and he has now seen the negative impacts of his decisions as a grown man. I hope that this book gets into the hands to many young people who have chosen a wayward life as he explains that his decisions did not lead him in the place he deserved. This book is coming from a person whose life was destined to be great, had opportunites not afforded to many. Yet and still got into the rap game and still chose the wrong paths. This from a person who could've had the world at its feet, still ended up doing foolish things. If you have a child who has chosen the wrong paths in life, this is a book for them. However, this book is real grimey, very street, and hood. Prodigy is the REAL DEAL in regards to the streets. The way he describes things will insight a child who is eager to do the wrong things or want to make a name for him/herself. Prodigy does not hold back on the details of the dirt, hurt, harm, and danger he caused. So please be mindful of the contents if sharing this book with a young impressionable person. In regards to his place in hip hop, there is no doubt that he could've been up there with NAS, Jay-Z, Tupac, or Biggie. He brings us a close insight of his aspect of the media made war of the east coast vs west coast drama that had taken the lives of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. If you want to know from his aspect of the rap game and business, this is a book to pick up and read. I hope that this book touches others but that Prodighy continues to live a life of peace and proseperity and gets back to rhyming just to show these newbies in the game what a real MC with real life situations is all about. Defintely this is a must read!
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An entertaining read 27 septembre 2011
Par Azazm333 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Okay so let's see, rapper Prodigy makes a book that has sparked a lot of so-called controversy in the immediate hip hop/rapper world -Sounds fun.
So the book is about his life from the beginning up to what's been going on with him during the last few years. It's insightful on many levels.
I laughed a lot while reading it but that's from me being desensitized to many things rather than the author trying to be funny.
The only problem with this book is that for me I read a few key things that were a bit questionable and Prodigy has a thing for green eyes. But other than that, worth every penny for any Mobb Deep fan.
Infamous but not Supreme 6 avril 2012
Par Jim Wilson - Publié sur Amazon.com
This tell all expose recounts the life and times of gangsta rapper Prodigy
from Mobb Deep and the Queensbridge borough of New York. Prodigy has been
known as a go hard rapper and he pulls no punches in his autobiography,
which was written during his most recent prison stint. Prodigy raps hard,
lives hard and goes hard at all times as this book shows. He has numerous
connections in New York s criminal underworld and makes no secret of his
associations. Some of the most interesting parts of the book are when
Prodigy delves into his misadventures with New York s street legends
including many members of the infamous Southside of Jamaica Queens crew,
the Supreme Team, whose founder and leader Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, so
called baddest man from New York city, Prodigy was beefing with, or so he
alleges. Prodigy is associated with Nathan Green Eyed Born May, a long
time Supreme Team member and Supreme nemesis and in the book he says that
Supreme passed him messages through Green Eyed Born who Prodigy calls
Green Eyes to stop rapping about him. A similar story to the one of 50
Cent who Supreme had gunned down before the rappers rise to stardom but
sadly Prodigy has not enjoyed the same level of fame as 50 Cent or
Supreme. But the book is a good read and I recommend it if you like
rappers talking about how tough and street and real they are. And if you
like this check out The Supreme Team from Gorilla Convict Publications,
which gives the story of the real street legends dudes like 50 Cent and
Prodigy wish they were.
The Supreme Team: The Birth of Crack and Hip-Hop, Prince's Reign of Terror and The Supreme/50 Cent Beef Exposed
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