In this often violent but always introspective memoir, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy tells his much-anticipated story of struggle, survival, and hope on the mean streets of New York City. For the first time, he gives an intimate look at his family background, his battles with drugs, his life of crime, his relentless suffering with sickle-cell anemia, and more. Recently released after serving three and a half years in state prison for what many consider an unlawful arrest, Prodigy is ready to talk about his life as one of rap’s greatest legends.
My Infamous Life is an unblinking account of Prodigy’s wild times with Mobb Deep, who, alongside rappers like Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Jay-Z, and the Wu-Tang Clan, changed the musical landscape with their vivid portrayals of early ’90s street life. It is a firsthand chronicle of legendary rap feuds like the East Coast - West Coast rivalry.
Taking listeners behind the smoke-and-mirrors glamour of the hip-hop world, Prodigy lays down the truth about the intoxicating power of money, the meaning of true friendship, and the ultimately redemptive power of self. This is the heartbreaking journey of a child born in privilege, his youth spent among music royalty, and educated in private schools, until a family tragedy changed everything. Raised in the mayhem of the Queensbridge projects, Prodigy rose to dizzying heights of fame and eventually fell into the darkness of a prison cell.
A truly candid memoir, part fearless confessional and part ode to the concrete jungles of New York City, My Infamous Life is written by a man who was on the front line of the last great moment in hip-hop history and who is still fighting to achieve his very own American Dream.
Music score by The Alchemist and Twizz the Beat Pro. Includes five never-before-released singles, exclusive to the audiobook!
©2011 Albert “Prodigy” Johnson; Music 2011 by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
“Prodigy…was close to being the best rapper in the game.” (Jay-Z)
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I loved Mobb Deep growing up in the early 90s and this book definitely brought back some memories. Can't believe Prodigy's life was that crazy. I only have one question: When does the movie come out? Great stuff and extremely interesting!
My Infamous Life is a must have for any fan of late 90's hip hop music. The story is compelling and Prodigy comes off as a great narrator as you get an insider point of view on many of the most significant events that shaped the landscape of hip hop music at the time.
There are elements of this book that would grow boring if recounted by a less skilled wordsmith. Prodigy has the charisma and perspective to take the fights, the guns, the drugs, the womanizing, and the industry politics that are common in hip-hop memoirs and craft from them an interesting narrative work of thoughtful introspection. Prodigy sounds like a man grateful for life and happy to be alive, a sharp contrast to the darkness of some of Mobb Deep's more familiar works, and his exuberance is infectious. Once I started listening to this in the car, I found myself looking for reasons to go on errands so I could knock off another chapter.
Words are inadequate to me,to describe the soul wrenching,thought provoking and hair-raising description bro Albert "Prodigy " Johnson depicts in his audio book. From his early beginning life experience in a tough unemphatic school,to growing up in drug filled streets,up until his arrest on minimal infractions ostensibly used to try and frame other hip individuals through a infamous "hip-hop Strike Force". Incredible what the police wanted him to do against other hip artists.
I only wish other would be artists who are trying to emulate Prodigy(the best parts),would listen carefully to the wisdom of
is words,on what to do and what not to do in this genre of entertainment. I thought bro Albert "Prodigy" was extremely honest,sincere and wise. I must have listen to this audio book 3 or 4 times.
I was especially happy that he gave reference to actually youtube videos of certain events,and even more thrilled to have couple of ganster rap songs about 10 minutes near the end of audio book part2,Prodigy's rap art is truly prodigious.
Great Great job Prodigy. This audio book is a must listen. You will not stop listening until its is completed.
Thanks Brother Prodigy!! Peace!
All the thuns gotta listen to this . it's going to put life into perspective.
Mad things P says will shock you, but help you move forward and get your mind out of the oldschool grimey crimey mode. If anyone out there has a good story, it's the homie Prodigy. listen to his words.. Dude is wise in his years.. plus he repped Bridgeport Ct, my hood.. and all hoods worldwide.
for non hoods, this will help you understand the messed up world the urban setting can be. and why some people do what they do. many hoods have similar characters like the ones in this book. so it's a very accurate account of the situations that urban youth have to deal with. even to this day, it was a little worse back then, but all the same.
I thoroughly enjoyed this.
thanks P, for sharing your life man...
I was a young lad when Mobb Deep hit the stores. I remember the first time I heard the "Shook Ones": a friend of mine told me of a group who lyrically shut the game down. so, I stopped for a moment to take part in the masterpiece. I was definitely shook up by the end of the song by the thought provoking words of the Mobb Deep team and the beat had my head rocking back and forth like one of those bobble head toys. I was thoroughly impressed and proceeded to purchase the album for myself. In case you were wondering, this happened back in 2014. Since then, I added Prodigy's book to my collection and I must say: this book is definitely a gem. If you thought this book would be only gun play and violence, think again. Prodigy does a wonderful job balancing his infamous life while dropping timeless nuggets of wisdom along the way. If you are reading this Prodigy, know that this book, your life, has seriously inspired me and I sincerely appreciate your honesty and transparency shared between these pages. Bravo sir! Keep up the great work. I look forward to your book on spiritually you mentioned in the book. All the best! Ogundiran.
It is a compelling story, told compellingly. Authors, certainly when they write bio's, should narrate the story themselves. P does a tremendous job telling his amazing story. His delivery, tone and cadance which makes him a part of the Mobb Deep duo, comes across real powerful here. I wished Ice-T had done the same for his book.Part of hiphop is storytelling, so any rapper writing a book is almost obliged to narrate the book him of herself.Prodigy sets the bar with this book. A great book to listen too. One of my favorites.
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