Prodigy Talks Performing In L.A. During 2Pac Beef & Getting Love From Kendrick Lamar

(AllHipHop News) Prodigy of Mobb Deep has had his fair share of high-profile beefs during his career. One stand-out is the 1990’s battle he and his partner Havoc had with the California icon Tupac Shakur which included Pac famously dissing the Mobb on his classic track “Hit ‘Em Up.”

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During an interview with Whoolywood Shuffle, DJ Whoo Kid points out that almost two decades later current West Coast rapper Schoolboy Q names Mobb Deep as was one of his influences.

The mention led Prodigy to reflect back on that time in the mid-90’s when New York artists and Cali artists were sending shots back-and-forth. According to the Queens native, Mobb Deep was still greeted with love in California at the time despite the spats on wax.

“Even during that time when Mobb Deep and Pac were going through our sh*t, we still had crazy love from L.A.,” said Prodigy. “We were going out there performing ‘L.A., L.A.’ It was number one on L.A. radio. In the middle of that drama. It was always all love out there.”

The conversation then turned to another new school Los Angeles emcee – Kendrick Lamar. After giving a shout out to Schoolboy, Prodigy expressed his surprise that K. Dot apparently said P is one of his favorite rappers.

“You know what really shocked me was when Kendrick Lamar had named his top favorite rappers,” states Prodigy. “He said his favorite rappers are 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Prodigy. That f**ked my head up.”

Prodigy also talks about the upcoming Mobb Deep album, his 90-page novella H.N.I.C., and collaborating with M.O.P. for the first time.

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Watch Prodigy’s interview below.

  • i’mreloaded!

    I liked Mobb Deep until they tried to diss Pac. They still one of the best groups to come out of NY though. Can’t hate. How come Prodigy had so many issues wit other rappers though? (Pac, Havoc, Tru Life, Nas)

    • Jayson C Williams

      He dissed them first so what u expect? Like he said no. 1 song was LA LA in LA. It’s hiphop stop taking it so personal

      • i’mreloaded!

        Bruh, slow ya roll lil bit. You know how long ago that was? I was a huge Pac fan so u can understand that right? I gave dem ni**az they props didn’t I? You sound like you takin it more personal than anybody. Damn bruh.

      • Jayson C Williams

        Nah not at all I went to boarding school “kiddie prison” and all my west coast friends took this beef way more seriously than east coasters. I mean pacs from the east coast we didn’t really care, we were indifferent. And even some New Yorkers didn’t like ppl going at Pac but we knew it was FAKE. We knew Pac never got shot 5 times the first time. We knew he was only shot once and it was by his own gun. So we ever got caught up in media hype like a lot of ppl from the west did. How u not gimme like someone because someone u like says not to like them? That’s follower 101. Lol u acting like back than I wasn’t a huge Mobb Deep fan? When I went to LA the year AI played the lakers man I gt LOVE! I heard more Jay-Z and Nas than Pac. That’s just facts bro

      • i’mreloaded!

        Bruh, we were all kids back then so of course we gonna ride wit our favorite. In no way am I discrediting Mobb Deep, like I said, when they came out wit dat Infamous CD, I played dat $hit to death. Especially Temperatures Rising(my joint back then). But I loved Pac’s music more and I wasn’t really familiar with them dudes like that. Pac had already put out classics by the time they came on the scene so to me, it was like young bucks tryin to go at an OG. Much respect to Prodigy though. Thanks for keepin your post classy homey.

      • EL_BARK

        Pac wasnt OG when they diss him ,
        Shet he was 23 maybe

      • MultiKingdarius .

        no nigga Pac was a OG even at the age of like 21 22 by da time him and Prodigy was into it da nigga was 24 25…he had mad respect n da streets

      • Jayson C Williams

        Quiet as kept Pac only mentioned ppl that were on his level as far as what their image represented “streets”. True story, execs at sony were scared of mobb deep. They were 17 carrying glocs. So Pac wasn’t going at no weak ms Nancy niggaz. Mind u Pac was living in nyc at the time. He was shooting 2 movies back to back (above the rim, before that ‘juice’) so he was aware who was on the scene in hip hop. He knew who the big dogs were and those young niggaz who had streets on smash. Pac was smart and very calculated. Wish he was here.

      • Spirit Equality

        Juice (January 1992) came out two years before Above The Rim (March 1994) and “Poetic Justice” (July 1993) (shot in Cali) came out between them, so how was Pac shooting two movies back to back in NY? I think you’re wrong there.

        And Pac mentioned Jimmy and Haitian Jack by name, so he had no problem naming names.

        Mobb Deep, meanwhile, never used Pac’s name in “Drop A Gem On Em” (which they released after he was dead). In fact, have they ever named *anyone* in a dis song? SMH.

        As a side note, I seem to remember a story at the time of Mobb Deep getting booed while performing “LA, LA” in LA.

        Also, I seriously doubt a white label rap song from a NY group with no album out (Capone-N-Noreaga) was #1 in the second largest radio market in the country, back in the 90s. That is a bold-faced lie.

        Also, if P is so gully, why did he let Loud tell Nore and them to take his verse off the official release of LA, LA? What about the stories of The Outlawz catching the Mobb in Atlanta and screaming on them, but the Mobb wouldn’t get out of their car? That’s not so gully, P.

      • Jayson C Williams

        You forget his step father and brothers live there?? They moved to jersey so he spent time shooting and recording in nyc. Let’s just dead your witch hunt now he’s a New Yorker he’s an east coaster spent most his life here and most of his professional life here so stop it. Screaming on them? Really? That’s your attempt to denounce what I said? Listen Pac wasn’t stand up in a lot of ways if you want me to recite them I can I was trying to be respectful but he spent the better half of his movie career in the begining in nyc! He was rolling with hating jack and his stick up crew as a cover for above the rim. How many ppl named Pac in their raps as a diss? Not biggie. Not mobb not anyone because they knew he was fronting. They all new each other! He just wasn’t raised post adolescent here but everyone knew everyone they we’re cool. Pac saw opprotunity in beef. And hence caused all this. U know he did make up being shot 5 times at quad. He was the only person that shot himself instead of being the rapper that got his jewels juxed he became the rapper who survived a hainous attack. Ask Nas and Suge what happen when Nas and half of queens bridge caught them in Central Park? How Nas stopped jungle from shooting Pac and Suge dead! Let it be known he was scared here and he thought he was home. But ppl have him a pass cause he was from nyc. So stop it with this heroic take on Pac. He started a lot of bs so when I said back to back maybe I was a year off but I did have poetic justice in mind but a year off really? Crucify me bro lol.

      • Spirit Equality

        “Juice” and “Above The Rim” were not filmed back to back, regardless of whatever you’re talking about. That was the main point I was addressing. Unless you can prove Juice and Above The Rim were shot back to back, but somehow released two years apart from one another, fall back.

        Everything else is hip-hop gossip. Let’s focus on the facts. You said “Juice” and “Above The Rim” were filmed back to back. I say they weren’t. Prove me wrong, if you can.

      • EL_BARK

        22 years or 24 ur still young pac at 26 wasnt an OG, but ok
        OG are people who put in work over a large time period .
        What clasify pac as an og at 25 ? Exactly ?

      • EL_BARK

        Ok one u cant type FU*k on this website genius

        Sorry i dont know his exact age at the time of his death.
        And pac wasnt a street dude with this powerful rep
        He was a rapper / actor …. Smh and if he was such an powerful dude that can get people kill…… Jimmy. & orlando miss the memo. Ijs
        U emotional

      • EL_BARK

        If u really believe that pac can make a phone call and get niggahs kill
        Why he run into the studio and vent like a lil bitsh, like a kid do when they mom embarass them in front of their friends and get sent to their room, & talk a bunch of shet..

        Would an OG made a phone call and dealt with his enemies?
        Lol jimmy put the fear of god into him…..

        Orlando call his bluff and prove he was nothing but a rapper….
        Ur a stan my friend
        Respectfully of coarse

      • Jayson C Williams

        Of course homie that’s what we are here for. To debate not argue like school girls. Much respect to the west coast and hiphop in general!

      • Terrance

        “Temperatures Rising”

        My Fav on that LP as well. Bringin’ back MEMORIES…


      • EL_BARK

        This is true, pac used quad as a platform

      • Brindle

        he lying about that song being number 1 on the radio… love mobb deep still though… but that song only got play for like 2 days just make sure everyone new it was out and only was played after 9pm…

  • Jayson C Williams

    No lie I grew up in the middle of that era n me and my homies loved mobb.. I swear to god I use to wear fake chains and link them together so my chain hung low like prodigy lol! My piece bang glass tables!!

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  • InTheNightKitchen

    P was such a beast in the 90’s, those verses still make me go ooooooh and rewind that. Damn what happen b

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  • Brindle

    much respect to him but he tellen a lie about LA LA being #1 on the radio in LA

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      nicca you was shi*ting in diapers 5. FOH ! QUEENS

      • Brindle

        I grew up during that period jack a$$, lived in LA and stil do, you was in FOH Queens at the time if you where born at all, so how you know LA radio… Fuc yo city, you ol bunched up, wack slang a$$ niccas… KINGS

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        And it’s still and will ways be Fu(K L.A. Aka local azz

      • Brindle

        BAM!! I knew I could bring the woman out of you… you a mobb deep groupie using a males pic… and “local azz”… you could’ve done better like losers always, lazy azz, etc… that’s why NY aint got no Hiphop now more, ya’ll just let the West and South pee all on you… Where them buildings so I can kick somthen…

    • Jayson C Williams

      I’m almost 30 now NY NY & LALA were no. 1 radio played songs in both cites. It was media hype so everyone wanted to hear it. May not represent what you might wanna hear or the actual reasoning (being that ppl just wanted to hear so they could choose a side) behind why it was no.1. Shit it was prob no.1 in Alaska

      • Brindle

        Jayson, i promise you, LALA was only played out here to hear the response… Most DJ’s even called it wack at the time (out here)… i can’t speak on NY… but out here, that song was never played other than back to back with NYNY… never on its own as a legitimate song.

      • Jayson C Williams

        1st off don’t out to much energy to that fool he’s a troller. I’m from nyc he never agrees to meet. So please don’t waste energy. But how often was NYNY played? Quite often so they had to play the response it was predictable.

      • Brindle

        Sway (of MTV fame) and Tech had the Wake Up Show (needs to be brought back), came on at 12am-2pm… they played it when it 1st came out but only about a week… it never got play on regular radio out here… Remember, NYNY was a single from the album so it got automatic play…

      • Jayson C Williams

        Lol I’m an 80’s baby u could of just said sway & tech lol. I know these young kids don’t know the half about this hiphop sh!t so u had to put in a disclaimer

      • Brindle

        lol… its cool to be wrong, incorrect or have an unpopular opinion but these young fools imagine what they think they know then pretend its reality… I don’t think they even realize they do it…

  • hoeyuno

    “Turn the speakers up money, yo god…yo”

  • Live

    The Homie Prodigy is one of the games finest Mcs of all time. Crazy sick verses songs and albums. No doubt!

    • Jayson C Williams

      I brake bread ribs hunnid dollar billz…0

  • Crenshaw on my shirt

    Ima give Mobb Deep props because it seem like they was on the frontline for NY during the “beef”, but LA LA was NOT #1 on the radio in LA. I can count on one hand the amount of time Power 106, KDay and The Beat played it on the radio.

  • The Arsonist

    What is the Ninja Smoking? LOL L.A L.A aint never been above #123458490123456723457148914754793289136812935`1238962371132469784512346712839569468`390372138045234676153487634691872346719958495738462 On LA RADIO.

    • Boomie Rogers


    • Brindle

      thank you… NY cats think they was bumpen that out here…

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    even prodigy star struck, dam….. smh

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