Guest Star: "There Was A Time I Felt I Was Slipping A Little Bit W/ The Lyrics"

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 2:50PM

Written by SOHH for Prodigy

[With his three-year jail bid finally behind him, Mobb Deep's Prodigy recalls keeping his pen game strong while incarcerated and why his situation helped steer his career in a better direction.]

When I was locked up, there wasn't ever really any pressure to stay hot. There wasn't really any pressure. I knew I had to enhance my writing capabilities and the way I do that is to just write everyday. As you practice something, the better you get at it. The more you do it, the better you get at it. I just made sure I was writing everyday so I could just get better at what I do.

While in jail, I wrote about  210 songs. It's about 20 albums worth of material. Most of them aren't even recorded yet. Since I've been home, [I've recorded] 65 to 70 songs. And then there's brand new stuff that I wrote and recorded after I came home.

In total, Mobb Deep alone has about 80 new songs. We've only put out about two Mobb Deep records so far, "Love You More" and "Dog Sh*t" with Nas. And then I put out about seven of my songs on an EP with Complex. We definitely doing it. Right now we're focused on that Mobb Deep album and trying to save all of these songs to see which ones we want to use for Mobb Deep and then we're gonna start to line up a bunch of other projects.

There was a time where I felt I was slipping a little bit with the lyrics. I started feeling myself a lot and then started getting real lazy. So when I got locked up, I was like, "You know what, I gotta fix this sh*t," because I was headed down the wrong road. And that's not the way I'm trying to go at all.

Prodigy is a member of Queens rap duo Mobb Deep, alongside producer/rapper Havoc. The duo have put out multiple albums since the early 1990's and spent time on record labels including 4th & B'way, Loud and G-Unit. After serving a three-year jail sentence, P was released in March 2011 and has actively promoted his new autobiography, My Infamous Life.

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