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My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy | [Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, Laura Checkoway]

My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy

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 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.
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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

What the Critics Say

“Prodigy…was close to being the best rapper in the game.” (Jay-Z)

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 08-22-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 08-22-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Wow!"

    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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 05-04-12
    Amazon Customer BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must Have (if you grew up on late 90s hip hop)"

    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.


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    Dominic Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-21-11
    Dominic Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-21-11
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    "Exceptionally well crafted memoir"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ian 05-19-14
    Ian 05-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    Where does My Infamous Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am only interested in not fiction books and this is most certainly one of the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story is more than just a normal book about somebody's life. Prodigy shows you the music industry, movie industry, and his experience in the street. And at the beginning of each chapter he spits a verse. That was dope and I never expected that.


    What does Albert “Prodigy” Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes it 110% more personal by speaking his own story. I never would have got so attached to it if I read it myself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fact that Prodigy spoke on how he researched conspiracies, Philosophy, and Islam and how he was always increasing his knowledge was deeper than the rap game. Plus dude is a straight up gangster.


    Any additional comments?

    Prodigy opened my mind to people's bitch-made tendencies and how nobody needs the fake love certain people bring into your life. Much love Prodigy. MOBB DEEP!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reginald atlanta, GA, United States 02-22-14
    Reginald atlanta, GA, United States 02-22-14
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of My Infamous Life to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was very entertaining and revealed alot of information about one of legends in the game. I think prodigy did a great job in the flow of the story and reading the information precise and clear...but still having the presence to know when to go off script. He did a great job and I would defiantly recomend the book to listen (especially for those who grew of in that era)..........straight up.


    What about Albert “Prodigy” Johnson’s performance did you like?

    Straight....


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Infamous"...of course


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    Lee Detroit, MI, United States 04-27-11
    Lee Detroit, MI, United States 04-27-11
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    "Extremely Inspiring very Thought Provoking"

    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!

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