News: Prodigy Defends Rick Ross' Image, "I Know A Lot Of Cops & Correction Officers" [Video]
Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 1:10PM
Mobb Deep's Prodigy has come to the defense of Rick Ross' image in light of his previous career as a corrections officer and why 50 Cent co-signed P's interest in pursuing the "Boss".
According to P, he spoke to 50 about reaching out to artists outside of his circle to strengthen the Mobb Deep brand.
"When I came home [from jail], 50 had come to see me, he had flew in from Cali to come and see me," P explained in an interview. "Before I did anything, I went straight from prison to the G-Unit office and then I came to the studio after that. When I stopped at the office, I had a talk with 50 and was telling him, 'Yo, right now, we're in a position where we gotta start doing songs with people. Mobb Deep. We gotta start doing songs with a lot of people. Different people.' Basically he was like, 'Yeah, you're right.' ... All this sh*t with n*ggas ain't doing songs with people, beefing with people, all that, we really trying to dead all that." (This Is 50)
P also defended Ross' image after he was exposed as working in law enforcement throughout the 1990's.
"Rick Ross is just one rapper out of many that we've been reaching out to," P added. "Number one, aight, he a correction officer. Aight, so what? I know a lot of cops, I know a lot of corrections officers. I know some people that's on the other side of the criminal sh*t -- and just because you got that job or whatever, whatever, that doesn't necessarily mean that you a part of the people that's trying to target us and f*ck with us. Not all of the law enforcement gets down like that. It's a select few of them that do...That doesn't bother me that he was a corrections officer. Like, so what?" (This Is 50)
Earlier this month, Prodigy credited Ross' consistency for helping him maintain relevancy.
"[Rap's] in a good place man. Any time you've got a whole bunch of competitors it only steps up the quality of the sh*t that's out there...Yeah. I like [Ross'] sh*t," P said in an interview. "At first, I thought Rick Ross was a fluke to tell you the truth, because when I first heard him I was like 'Who the f*ck is this dude man? Come on. You can't be serious. This dude is a fluke. One-hit wonder'. After a while he started proving himself. Then I started seeing consistency with him, and more and more, I was like 'Hold up. Ok, I'm starting to respect this dude now.' Now he's proved me wrong. He's not what I thought he was. That happens a lot. A lot of people won't talk about it though." (Complex)
Last month, Ross reflected on his 2009 publicized beef with 50 Cent.
"N*ggas gotta study history. The mob bosses always get whacked at the end. Sometimes by someone of lesser value, of lesser importance, you feel me? So, on that note, you gotta understand there's always n*ggas that's willing to make that sacrifice on some real sh*t. When you really step out there, and you want to get into some sh*t, you've got to be on your A-game. My goal is to deliver hit records. But don't get it mistaken, we are the muscle--we are the muscle." (RESPECT)
Mobb Deep were signed to G-Unit Records from 2005 to 2009.
Check out Prodigy's interview below: