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The controversial book covers the Queensbridge rapper's colorful past, from his early struggles in the music industry and history of beef with fellow MC's like N.O.R.E., to his lengthy battle with sickle-cell anemia, parents' tragic death and recent stint in prison. Holding nothing back, Prodigy even discusses the time his Mobb Deep partner Havoc shot an A&R rep at Def Jam, after Lyor Cohen refused to sign them because "we cursed to much and our music was too violent."
"Stop those kids!" somebody screamed behind us. When I looked back, it was Ali Shaheed Muhammad, the DJ from A Tribe Called Quest," Prodigy writes. "Hav stopped running and started screaming at me. 'I didn't mean it, son! I didn't mean to shoot him! You gotta hide me, son, take me to Florida!"
Joining Prodigy at the speaking engagement will be University of Connecticut history professor Jeffery Ogbar, author of 'Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap.' The event takes place at University's African American Cultural Center at 6PM, on Monday (April 25).
Since his release from prison earlier this year, Prodigy and Havoc have reunited as Mobb Deep for a one-off collaboration with Nas, titled 'Dog S---.' Earlier this week, Prodigy released his first solo post-prison EP, 'The Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson,' for free via Complex.