My Infamous Life

The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy
Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
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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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"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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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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Uncut And Raw Vivid And Fresh My Fav Book This Yr

Great Book Recomend for any Hip Hop Lover An Inside Liok Into The Mind Of A Music Legend

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Honest, insightful and an important part of hip hop history

As a long time Mobb Deep fan and overall hip hop head, this book is essential listening! I doubt if the written book could compare to hearing Prodigy’s story directly from his own voice. He pulls no punches and is openly critical of everyone around him but most important himself. Must read book!

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Amazing

RIP Prodigy. thank you for this Gem. incredible story, felt like i got to know P and gave me some great knowledge and new points of view. highly recommended

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wow awsome

one of the best books I've read enjoyed it. confirmed things I felt regarding new world order and some of theses rappers.. must read

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Gone to soon. RIP Prodigy..

This book is inspiring and interesting. Teaches you how to overcome pain and fear.. Also teaches you how to follow your passion regardless the situation... Trials and tribulations will occur but your but God (water) your inner self will good you through..

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The Infamous

Excellent read. Prodigy takes you to the other side to give a glimpse into the life of one of HipHop Premiere M.Cees

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Amazing

Love this gem. All truth no lies in this book about his and the industry.

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Excellent book. Loved it. RIP P

Great book love it. It gave me an insight on how a good book should be written.. all honesty first Book I purchased in a long time and I loved it. Thank you Mobb Deep for all the great music and inspiration. Thank you Prodigy!

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  • 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.