According to Prodigy’s longtime producer Alchemist, P is expected to be released from Rikers Island this February or maybe sooner. Alchemist spoke to Sway from MTV News during the Home and Home concerts and said this about Prodigy’s release from prison:
“P comes home in February. It’s gonna be a very busy time. It’s amazing. He feels like he’s home already. He’s in the best health he’s been in. He’s really excited. I’ve been sending him beats. Havoc is sending him beats. I e-mail them to his wife, and she puts it on some type of cassette. It’s like he’s in the studio, he’s just not recording.”-Alchemist
Below is a story I wrote on Prodigy for XXL magazine back in March.
Name: Albert “Prodigy” Johnson
Crime: Criminal possession of a weapon. The charge stems from a 2006 incident where police discovered a .22 caliber pistol in P’s car after pulling him over for making an illegal U-turn. He was sentenced to three and a half years.
Began Sentence: February 2008
Expected Sentence: August 2011
THIS IS WHY HE’S HOT…
Cred: As the lyrical half of Mobb Deep, Prodigy has made a career of droppin’ morbid rhymes on hits like, “Shook Ones, Pt. II” and “Survival of the Fittest.” After crafting numerous classic cuts alongside producer/rapper Havoc, Prodigy dropped a solo gem on ’em in 2000 with H.N.I.C. Three more Mobb albums would follow, including 2006’s Blood Money on 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records.
Pre-Jail Buzz: Eventually splitting amicably from G-Unit, P continued to feed the streets with dark material. 2007 saw the release of his collaborative project with the Alchemist, Return of the Mac, which drew critical acclaim. The same goes for his subsequent release, H.N.I.C., Pt. 2, which dropped shortly after P started his sentence.
Release Therapy: With a career that spans over 17 years, Mobb Deep remains one of hip-hop’s most consistent groups and there’s no doubt that the same won’t hold true upon P’s release. Despite his incarceration, Prodigy continually reaches out to the public via letters/blogs that always stirs the pot. When it’s all said and done, though, fans are still thirstin’ for an MC to keep it thoro and can spit that dunn language.
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