News: Prodigy Admits Labeling Rick Ross A One-Hit Wonder, "On Some Real Sh*t, I Thought He Was A Fluke"
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 10:00AM
Mobb Deep's Prodigy recently shared his opinion on the success of rapper Rick Ross and how his perception of the Maybach Music front man changed through time.
According to Ultimate P, he never would've guessed former corrections officer turned rapper, Ricky Rozay, would make it far in hip hop.
"I've learned to respect Rick Ross' music. He's been impressing me lately, especially while I was locked up. I've been watching his career," Prodigy told MTV News of his growing appreciation for the Miami rapper. "At first on some real sh--, I thought he was a fluke. I didn't think he was gonna make it and I can admit that. I'm not scared to speak my mind and tell you what it is. And now I'm like, 'I like that kid.' ... He's real unique, he's real creative, he picks ill beats. He impresses me. He's killin' 'em right now with the lyrics. His pen is sharp right now. That boy's pen is not a joke right now." (MTV)
Nearly this time last year, Ross shared similar sentiments towards Prodigy.
"When he was released [from prison in March 2011], he gave me a call a few days after that," Ross revealed, referring to Prodigy. "We spoke on the phone maybe once or twice. It was a genuine conversation, us touching base, making sure it is what it is. We most definitely put a record or two on the table." (RapFix)
Last year, Prodigy came to Ross' defense when he caught heat for his pre-infamous role as an officer. The former Mobb Deep member also discussed how Rozay's rival, 50 Cent, co-signed his pursuit to collaborate with him.
"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)
In 2011, The H.N.I.C. also credited the Miami rapper's non-stop grind 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. "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)
Check out a recent Prodigy interview below: