News: Prodigy Gets Royal Treatment From "King of the South", "I Wanted To Use People That Were Kinda Hard To Get"
Friday, May 4, 2012 4:00PM
Mobb Deep's Prodigy is not scared to show off his regional collaboration interest by branching outside of the New York City area and calling up Atlanta's T.I. and Pittsburgh's Wiz Khalifa for the upcoming H.N.I.C. 3 solo album.
For his third solo album, Capital P said it was important to show off versatility.
"I wanted to use people that were kinda hard to get and also you wouldn't think that I would collab with them," Prodigy told "RapFix Live" host Sway Calloway on Wednesday's show. "You wouldn't think that Pee would have a song with them right now." Prodigy didn't yet have a title for the track with T.I. because the pair had just finished recording it Tuesday night, but he was able to dish a bit on the song with the Taylor Gang captain: "The Wiz record is called 'Co-Pilot.' That one is dope," he bragged with a sheepish grin. Fans will have to hold out until July 3 to hear H.N.I.C. 3 in full, but Pee promises it will be well worth the wait. It's been four years since he released H.N.I.C. Pt. 2, and while the original H.N.I.C. is well-regarded in hip-hop circles, Prodigy admits to rushing production on the second installment. "I had a limited amount of space to do it before I had to turn myself in," he said of his three-year jail stint for gun possession. (MTV)
This week, P also shook off Mobb Deep break-up rumors and revealed plans to put together a new joint album alongside rhyming partner, Havoc.
"The Mobb is good, we're working on the next album still, steadily, making it hot," he said in an interview. "But in the meantime we're gonna put out some product for right now. The Mobb Deep album is not where we want it to be yet, so we've just gotta do something in the meantime. ... We've got a distribution deal over at Sony RED, so basically we run our own label, we run the company, we've gotta do everything ourselves. We make the release schedule, it's up to us what comes out first and if we want to change something, we change it. We've got a lot of control with this situation." (RapFix)
Last month, Prodigy laughed off the internal beef rumors.
"Every time I drop a solo album, it seems like this rumor always surface," P told radio host Angie Martinez Wednesday (April 18). "The last time I put out the first H.N.I.C. record, we had a similar incident with a few people that was around us that felt we should have been doing more stuff for them and wasn't so they started going around saying they broke up, Mobb Deep is over. It wasn't true. He was basically a disgruntled employee -- I think it had something to do with a few people that was around us. You should be able to tell from time that Mobb Deep, we're never going to break up. That's not going to happen. ... You know the Knicks, they call themselves Mob Deep now, they gave us season passes. We good at every game." ("The Angie Martinez Show")
Recent reports claimed Mobb Deep would never unite for an album.
The Infamous Mobb hit SXSW in Austin for the first time last month, and though they performed multiple times, the tension was continuing to mount. "When he got back to New York, Prodigy kept his word," the source said. "He stopped takin' Havoc's calls. He wanted to be out that whole situation." The source also denied accusations that Havoc questioned Prodigy's sexuality, and said it's highly unlikely that the two will work together again. "To be honest with you, there's 120 percent certainty that there will never be another Mobb Deep album again," the source concluded. "How do you come back from that?" (XXL Mag)
Check out a recent Prodigy interview down below: