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Extended Audio Sample My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.01449275362319 out of 53.01449275362319 out of 53.01449275362319 out of 53.01449275362319 out of 53.01449275362319 out of 5 3.01 (138 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Albert “Prodigy” Johnson Narrator: Albert “Prodigy” Johnson Publisher: Buck 50 Productions Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this often violent but always introspective memoir, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy tells his much-anticipated story of struggle, survival, and hope on the mean streets of New York City. For the first time, he gives an intimate look at his family background, his battles with drugs, his life of crime, his relentless suffering with sickle-cell anemia, and much more. Recently released after serving three and a half years in state prison due to what many consider an unlawful arrest by a rumored secret NYPD hip-hop task force, Prodigy is ready to talk about his life as one of rap’s greatest legends.

My Infamous Life is an unblinking account of Prodigy’s wild times with Mobb Deep, who alongside rappers like Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Jay-Z, and the Wu-Tang Clan, changed the musical landscape with their vivid portrayals of early ’90s street life. It is a firsthand chronicle of legendary rap feuds like the East Coast–West Coast rivalry; Prodigy’s beefs with Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule, and Capone-N-Noreaga; and run-ins with prodigal hit makers and managers like Puff Daddy, Russell Simmons, Chris Lighty, Irv Gotti, and Lyor Cohen.

Taking listeners behind the smoke-and-mirrors glamour of the hip-hop world, Prodigy lays down the truth about the intoxicating power of money, the meaning of true friendship, and the ultimately redemptive power of self. This is the heartbreaking journey of a child born in privilege, his youth spent among music royalty like Diana Ross and Dizzie Gillespie, and educated in private schools, until a family tragedy changed everything. Raised in the mayhem of the Queensbridge projects, Prodigy rose to dizzying heights of fame and eventually fell into the darkness of a prison cell.

A truly candid memoir, part fearless confessional and part ode to the concrete jungles of New York City, My Infamous Life is written by a man who was on the front line of the last great moment in hip-hop history and who is still fighting to achieve his very own American Dream.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Prodigy…was close to being the best rapper in the game.”

    Jay-Z

  • “We had our differences, which was really just hyped-up bullshit. I wish everything for Prodigy…I just wish the best for him…And I would love to see them come back again. I would be the first person in the record store buying a Mobb album.”

    Nas

  • “A surprising triumph, both as an archive of 1990s New York hip-hop folk tales and for its stirring sketches of a man who, on many occasions, could have made his life a lot easier on himself. The best way to experience Johnson’s epic, if meandering, journey: his audiobook, which is among the most riveting recordings any rapper will release this year, or any year…Compelling.”

    Slate

  • “Albert ‘Prodigy’ Johnson and his partner, Kejuan ‘Havoc’ Mujita, used their hardcore street stories to forever change the rap game alongside fellow NYC titans Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, and Wu-Tang Clan.”

    Village Voice

  • “Most of the groups that were around when New York’s Mobb Deep debuted in 1993 have fallen to the wayside either because they could not stick together or fans no longer cared about their music. But the duo—Havoc and Prodigy—have not only remained allegiant to one another, they’ve maintained their status as one of the premier groups in hip-hop.”

    MTV News

  • “When I first heard Mobb Deep I liked them because NY finally got some real n****s rapping. They were doing that back pack rapping in NY so when they came out with that street s*** I felt that. I like how Prodigy just say what the f*** he want.”

    Lil Wayne

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Julian Meanchoff | 6/26/2013

    " As much as I like Mobb Deep this is pretty mediocre. His rants about the Illuminati are good to read but honestly, stories about "getting ready to pull gats on niggaz outside the club" get a bit tiresome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 6/19/2013

    " yesterday don't count and tomorrow won't either if one doesn't get one's priorities in order "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dasfalg | 3/23/2013

    " Great story, but it's all over the place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Khari | 12/12/2011

    " An insightful tale into the life of Prodigy of Mobb Deep, one of the more underrated lyricists in Hip Hop. The book jumps around and Prodigy's narrative is occasionally disjointed, but it is still a solid read for any Mobb Deep fan. "

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