Despite Prodigy's account in his new book "My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy," Queens rapper N.O.R.E. insists that he isn't the shook one he is depicted to be.
In the "Hell on Earth" chapter, Prodigy recounts an incident when members of his entourage jumped Nore in front of a Queens club, which led Noreaga and his crew to retaliate immediately with gunfire. For the full excerpt, head to MTV News' RapFix blog, but here are a few salient lines from Prodigy's book:
"Come over here so we can talk," [rapper Ty] Nitty told [Nore], putting his arm around N.O.R.E.'s neck and walking him into the street. After a few steps, Nitty started punching N.O.R.E. in the face while he had him in a headlock. N.O.R.E. dropped to the ground and the crew jumped him.
Gotti, Havoc, and I stood by the trucks and watched them beat the clothes off that boy. Man, I never saw somebody get jumped so bad!
In an exclusive interview with MTV News, Nore — who is dropping the free online mixtape NORE-Easter on Sunday — admitted that some of Prodigy's accounts are true. Still, he expressed his overall disappointment in the Mobb Deep rapper's decision to drum up old beefs.
"There are certain things that you're not supposed to talk about," Nore said. "Now, I didn't read the book and I don't read where he's going crazy. I read the little inserts where he [talked] about the jumping incident. Let me just clear the record up and say: None of the things that it says in the book would ever make me go at him. I'm not gonna see him and try to throw him in the full nelson."
Nore does admit to getting jumped that night in Queens, which he estimates occurred in either 1996 or '97. "I did get jumped. They jumped me with 40 people," he recalled. "If you ever see 40 people jump on one man, that one man never gets touched, because most of those 40 people are hitting each other. You can't hit the target. I got up."
Next is where the two rappers' accounts differ. In the book, Prodigy said that during the beat-down, N.O.R.E. was stripped of his chain. "I never got robbed in my life," Nore fired back. Prodigy also said that the "Super Thug" rapper and his crew came back with a TEC-9; Nore said it was a 9mm. In the aftermath of the gunfire, Mobb Deep affiliate Ty Nitty was left shot in the back.
"Why would you bring up something where your man got shot?" Nore asked. "I thought you would be cool with Ty Nitty. I like Ty Nitty."
Nore also revealed that he spoke to longtime friend and frequent collaborator Prodigy just a few days ago, and P assured N.O.R.E. that only positive things were written about him in the book. "When I spoke to him the other day, he said, 'Yo, I only spoke about good things about you in the book, and when you see the book, you'll realize that,' " Nore recalled. "I said, 'Yo, P, first off, nobody can really make me change on you, because I know you.' I know him personally. We're cool. We speak."
The Queens MC doesn't expect things to change between him and Prodigy, but he felt he had to respond. "I don't know why he would bring up a situation where they clearly lost," he said.
Stick with MTV News for more on N.O.R.E.'s response to Prodigy's book.