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"My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy" Book Cover
Tuesday marks the release of "My Infamous Life," the autobiography of Prodigy, one half of hip-hop group Mobb Deep. You can buy it on

For fans of Bad Boy, Diddy and The Notorious B.I.G., it looks like a book worth adding to your collection. Contained within is Prodigy's reflections on Bad Boy's interest in signing the group, Biggie and on the east/west coast beef. Of course, you have to keep in mind that this is one man's opinion and one man's memory.

Prodigy recounts how E-Money Bags, someone who associated with both Mobb Deep and 2Pac, told him that 2Pac knew that Biggie and Diddy had nothing to do with the Quad Studios shooting, which would leave him hospitalized with five gunshot wounds. He would later accuse both of being involved.

Bags, as Prodigy refers to him, told him that he explained to 2Pac who was behind the shooting, but that 2Pac wanted to use it to start controversy and, in Prodigy's words, "turn his gunshot wounds into a marketing and promotion scheme."

In the book, Prodigy also says that Diddy wanted to sign Mobb Deep and make them the first artist to be released from Bad Boy.

One other interesting detail is that Prodigy refused to come to the studio one day when invited by Biggie, who wanted to collaborate with him. Havoc, the other half of Mobb Deep, relayed the invitation but Prodigy told him that he didn't want to do a song with Biggie because he was "corny."

Complex has an interview with him and they big a bit deeper into this. He blamed his feelings them on the competitive nature of the business.

He alleges that Havov, intoxicated at the time, made the mistake of leaving a disc of six beats at the studio and that one of those beats ended up as "I Love You Baby" by Diddy featuring Black Rob.

Prodigy later wished he would have worked with The Notorious B.I.G.

"After Biggie's 'Life After Death' album came out with that track "Last Day" that Hav produced, I became a huge Biggie fan and regretted not doing the song," he wrote. "I was a hardheaded young fool back then."

"My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy" is available on

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