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Prodigy is mostly known for his impeccable rhyme skills throughout the '90s on songs such as Mobb Deep's 'Shook Ones Pt. 2' and his solo banger 'Keep It Thoro.' Once a legitimate contender for the much-coveted King of New York rap throne, Prodigy's only big professional setback before incarceration was a war of words with an up-and-coming Jay-Z that continues to spark fan debates to this day.
His life changed in October 2006, a year before the conviction, when he was stopped with his longtime producer Alan "Alchemist" Maman after pulling an illegal U-turn in his car. Police found a small gun in his glove compartment and both hip-hop mainstays were arrested and feigned ignorance.
Once Prodigy knew there was no way out, he changed his tune and took the bid as long as the state dropped a mandatory 15-year sentence for previous gun charges. He got the three-year sentence in exchange for his plea and has been relatively silent since entering the prison system baring the odd freestyle from jail phones.
His old partner Havoc has already promised fans that new Mobb Deep material is on the way, but Prodigy will certainly have a busy immediate future no matter what. During his time in prison, the rapper penned an autobiography about his rise and fall that will be published by Simon & Schuster.
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