Despite Jay-Z publicly taunting Mobb Deep’s Prodigy on his 2001 Blueprint diss track “Takeover,” Capital P and Havoc claim they are past rap tensions with the hip-hop mogul.
Coming off recently hopping on Jay’s Roc Nation protege Jay Electronica‘s “Call of Duty” record, P said he is ready to lace tunes alongside Hov.
“Tell [Jay-Z] to get in the studio,” Prodigy said when he and his partner Havocappeared on Wednesday’s “RapFix Live.” “He gotta come to Infamous Studios in Queens, though.” Though the two acts threw quite a few barbs at each other, most notably on Jay-Z’s “Takeover” and Mobb Deep’s “Crawlin’ ” 10 years ago, Prodigy was recently featured on a track with Hov’s signee Jay Electronica on his “Call of Duty” track. For Mobb Deep, it isn’t about beef; instead, the duo are at a place in their careers where all they want to do is make quality tunes. “It’s just hip-hop, man, making good songs. Everything else is irrelevant, man,” Prodigy stated. “All the feelings and dudes wanna act feminine, put that to the side, man.” (RapFix)
In August, Prodigy cited Jay as one of hip-hop’s most self-empowering acts.
“Jay-Z is just one example and one of the biggest examples of artists in the music industry, because he’s so popular and so big…He knows what time it is, he just doesn’t promote it. From the looks of things, it looks like he has chosen sides. He’s chosen a side and the side he chose is money, power and he doesn’t really care to spread the information that might save some body’s soul.” (Alex Jones)
A few months ago, Hovi opened up about his feelings on success and the criticism he has received in the past.
“It may sound arrogant,” he says, “but I just think people can’t handle when somebody is successful. Something has gotta be wrong: you gotta be down with some higher power. And I guess when someone else is successful, it makes you feel like maybe you’re a failure. So it can’t be you, it has to be some other force.” (Sky)
Jay publicly went after Prodigy’s credibility with 2001’s “Takeover” diss.
In the second verse, Jay-Z alleges that Prodigy (member of Mobb Deep) took ballet classes as a child and mocks Prodigy’s small stature. Jay-Z further dismisses Mobb Deep as competition in the hip hop industry by pointing out that his career had more commercial success than they ever would, and dissing Mobb Deep’s famous song Shook Ones Pt. II. Mobb Deep replied to Jay-Z in a subsequent LP diss track, but their rivalry has more or less been overshadowed by the rivalry between Nas and Jay-Z. (Wikipedia)
Check out “Takeover” below: