Prodigy of Mobb Deep discusses his novella with Ego Trip magazine co-founder Sacha Jenkins
This novella, penned by Prodigy of the seminal hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the inaugural release from Infamous Books, a partnership that pairs the Infamous Records brand with Brooklyn-based indie publisher Akashic Books. Ego Trip magazine co-founder Sacha Jenkins joins him in conversation.
Pappy tries to break out of the game before the head of his crew, Black, gets them all killed. Against his better judgment Pappy agrees to do one last job, but only because it’s the price of his freedom. He knows Black can’t be trusted. He knows his “brother” would rather see him dead than let him walk away. Yet he still agrees to do the job because Black isn’t the only one who can’t be trusted. Sometimes you have to kill for what you want.
Further developing the stark realism and uncompromising streetwise narratives of his lyrics, H.N.I.C. cements Prodigy’s position as one of the foremost chroniclers of contemporary urban life. Simultaneously a fast-paced crime drama and an engrossing, unsentimental moral tale, H.N.I.C. peers into the dark heart that underpins the codes of loyalty and friendship, betrayal and vengeance.