Prodigy Talks about His Favorite Eminem Song, Album & Moment (2013)


Prodigy, one half of the iconic rap duo Mobb Deep, has passed away at age 42. The rapper’s publicist released a statement on his death, citing complications stemming from his lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia. We suggest you to read Prodigy’s interview with Complex magazine from 2013, where he talks about favorite Eminem song, album and moment:


Favorite Song: “My favorite Eminem song is probably ‘Lose Yourself’ because I can relate to it a lot. That’s how I feel every time I write a rhyme. I understand where he’s coming from. It’s do or die. That’s how I feel every time I make any song. I feel like it might be like ‘that’ song.”


Favorite Album: “The Marshall Mathers LP, that one was dope. It was something new. People were like, ‘Yo, who the fuck is this dude?’ He was just wild. His rebelliousness-I can relate to all of that. So yeah, that’s probably one of my favorite joints right there.”


Favorite Moment: “When I first met Em, we were in the studio around 2001 or 2002. I was with Xzibit and Xzibit was like ‘Yo, Em’s in the other room. You should go holla at him.’ So I walked over there. Em was writing a rhyme but when he seen me, he just stopped what he was doing and was like, ‘Yo man, Prodigy, I grew up on Mobb Deep. Ya’ll inspired me. I love ya’ll. I’m one of your biggest fans, I appreciate all your work.’ And I was just like, ‘Good looking yo.’


“I peeked over at his page he was writing on and it was like the craziest shit. This motherfucker had words going in every direction, like it wasn’t on the line. He had a legal pad and this nigga had words going everywhere like his mind-you could tell his mind was everywhere, just like every word on the page.


“Even in the “Lose Yourself” video when he’s writing on the bus or whatever, that’s what it looked like. You could just tell like this motherfucker has a lot on his mind and his mind is moving at a million miles per minute. Yeah, “Shook Ones” and “Survival of the Fittest,” he put our songs in the movie. The movie starts off with, I believe “Survival of the Fittest.” I’m not too sure but it starts off with our song in the battle and shit. And he’s going to the bathroom and throwing up and what not because he’s nervous.


“Then we did the deal with 50 Cent and we went on tour together. Most of the tour I didn’t get to see him because we did our show first and he went on last. After the show everyone is tired and they go in their dressing room and try to go back to their room. So most of the tour, I didn’t even get to see him, except when he was on stage. When we had a day off, Em was shooting a video. We were on the video set and everyone was there-like D12 and Cashis.


“Me and 50 were in the dressing room talking business, and Em walked passed the room. I didn’t pay no mind, I just kept talking to 50. Then, all of a sudden, I see him come back and he was like, ‘Yo, Prodigy, let me holla at you.’ So I got up and went into the hallway to talk to him and he was like, ‘Yo man, I apologize. I know we’ve been together on tour for mad long. I didn’t even get a chance to talk to you the whole tour.’ I was like, ‘Nah, it’s all good my nigga.’ He was just showing love and shit.


“It was a good experience just being around him and being on tour with him. And seeing how-you know even 50 like-they were strictly business. They were really professional, and they good people too. They weren’t on some superstar bullshit. They’ll take the time out to talk to you. That was my impression of him. He was a real good dude.”