Mobb Deep’s Prodigy recently shared his input on rap star Jay-Z‘s success as of late and why the Roc Nation leader has totally placed emphasis on money and power.
Reflecting on his past rap nemesis, Capital P said Young Hov is only about self empowerment.
“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)
Last year, Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco said he did not want Jay’s level of fame.
“Jay-Z’s a personal friend of mine,” Lupe said in an interview. “[He] executive-produced my first album. [My comments were] just an example using him of how people rate success. There’s an idea of the status quo that every rapper wants to be Jay-Z. Nah. Every rapper does not want to be Jay-Z. Every rapper don’t wanna be Kanye West. Everybody don’t wanna be Lil Wayne. They wanna be who they are. … You’re a fool trying to chase that success down and manage it like that. I always look at my success as further than a dollar sign, further than record sales. … Everybody thinks because you’re black and you’re from the ‘hood, you wanna be Jay-Z. There’s kids who wanna be astrophysicists and don’t care about rap. That should be OK. You should be OK just being you, working your regular job and being happy. That’s why I made that statement. I felt it need to be said.” (MTV)
In 2010, Hov made Billboard history by having the most Top 10 singles of all-time.
Jay-Z’s “Young Forever” rounds out the top 10, jumping from No. 12 to No. 10. He now leads all rappers with the most to top 10 singles ever. He’s got 17 under his belt. Before “Young,” Jay’s 16 tied him with Ludacris. Luda’s on his heals, though. His “My Chick Bad,” featuring Nicki Minaj is at No. 11 this week. (Entertainment Weekly)
Check out Prodigy’s interview below: