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From one of the greatest rappers of all time, the memoir of a life cut short, a revealing look at the dark side of hip hop’s Golden Era....  

In this often violent but always introspective memoir, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy tells his much anticipated story of struggle, survival, and hope down 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 much more. Recently released after serving three and a half years in state prison due to what many consider an unlawful arrest by a rumored secret NYPD hip hop task force, 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 Shakur, Jay-Z, and 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; Prodigy’s beefs with Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule, and Capone-N-Noreaga; and run-ins with prodigal hit makers and managers like Puff Daddy, Russell Simmons, Chris Lighty, Irv Gotti, and Lyor Cohen.  

Taking the listener behind the smoke-and-mirrors glamour of the hip hop world, so often seen as the only way out for those with few options, Prodigy lays down the truth about the intoxicating power of money, the meaning of true friendship and loyalty, and the ultimately redemptive power of self. This is the heartbreaking journey of a child born in privilege, his youth spent among music royalty like Diana Ross and Dizzy Gillespie, educated in private schools, until a family tragedy changed everything. Raised in the mayhem of the Queensbridge projects, Prodigy rose to the 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, from the front line of the last great moment in hip hop history.

©2005 Urban Audiobooks (P)2019 Albert "Prodigy" Johnson

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Open and Honest. DOPE!

I like to hear his truth. He didnt hold any punches. Mad me more aware of Sickle cell anemia. I never knew anything about this disease. Pure, uncut and raw!

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"P" is forever...

Its a shame that hip hop is where it is right now... this book is proof that real hip hop comes from hard work and suffering... with this audio book, it's like having prodigy with us forever... RIP Prodigy... my favorite rapper!

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God P 🙏

couldn't be any better. much like his artistry. wonderful story. well spoken narration. mobb deep forever.

RIP THUNNY

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Such a wild story

I grew up listening to Mobb Deep. The story behind their fame is incredible. I ceep expecting his life to settle down but even through the fame and money, Prodigy was entrenched in the streets, dealing with real gangsters in his day to day life. Hearing him tell the stories so casually shows a world most people don't even know exist. Enough physical threat to fill an action movie, with one hell of a soundtrack created in the process.

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Powerful & Positive

I’m going to miss P!!! I love the way he tell his story. RIP MY BROTHER ❤️🙏🏿

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rip prodigy

amazing book, definitely worth the listen. prodigy has a very interesting life story and more people should hear it. r.i.p. prodigy

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Honest and Raw!

I loved the book from the beginning until the end. The way he tied things together in the book .. How open and honest he is! Great book , he did a great job!

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Great Memoir

Prodigy spilled his blood and soul into this book. You really get a chance to understand him from his perspective. RIP Prodigy!

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Miss you P 🙏

Listen to your voice everyday.
Miss you P.... This was a great book your life your truth. Rest in peace 🙏

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Mobb Deep!!!

I’ve been a huge Mobb fan ever since the early 90s, but I never knew the backstory’s and behind the scenes. This book made me absolutely love Prodigy the person, he put a lot of love out into the world regardless of the content of his music. An incredible character, it really made me sad being reminded that he’s not alive anymore and knowing that some hate filled person killed him, most likely because of how vocal he was and honest. Highly Inspiring book.

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  • 12-07-20

HNIC

absolutely poor, poor delivery, poor sound effects. this should never have made the light of day.

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  • 11-06-20

Rest in peace Prodigy🥺

It was so good to listen to his progress, growth, pain, good times, bad times. He is one my idol🥺

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-27-21

Great.

Very good and interesting read. RIP to one of the most underrated kings of NY.

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  • Joselito
  • 06-24-20

good overall read

Enjoyed the book, although it seems like Prodigy was trapped in a vicious circle. I actually travelled to the places and experiences he faced. Also love the many encounters with different celebrities funny and sad stories. I didn't took anything away from this book sadly. But I enjoyed the stories

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  • Raphael de la Ghetto
  • 02-21-20

Quite revealing

Not quite an exposé but certainly a deep dive into Queensbridge originating hip hop and the life and crimes of Albert Prodigy Johnson

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  • Nongo Catty
  • 01-04-20

Epic

Great insight to Prodigys life and he is also a good narrator. As a fan of his music I found a great listen.

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  • daniel
  • 12-26-19

My infamous life

For any hip hop fan especially 90s hip hop it’s worth a read but there is definitely a lot of lies in here would like to here havoc’s side to some of the stories

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  • Beyondizm
  • 10-19-19

funny

I listen to this in a week going to have to listen a gain so funny and open RIP

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  • Luke Pope
  • 08-18-19

brillliant

great story from start to finish a real eye opener , goes in detail about situations that happend prodigy is a real one . rip.