While rappers Capone and Noreaga are taking exception to Prodigy’s new book, “My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy,” Havoc has come to the defense of his longtime partner in rhyme.
“That’s him seeing Mobb Deep’s life through his eyes,” Havoc told us on Tuesday (April 26).
Last week, in an exclusive interview with MTV News, N.O.R.E. questioned Prodigy’s motivation for writing about an incident in which, after N.O.R.E. was jumped by members of Mobb Deep’s entourage, Noreaga shot an associate of the group’s crew in retaliation. “Why would you bring up something where your man got shot?” Nore asked.
Havoc sees things differently. “Things that happened with [Prodigy] personally, that’s just his spin on it, that’s his take. I don’t think that anybody should get emotional because that’s how he sees it,” he said.
Prodigy also wrote about an incident detailing how Havoc shot a Def Jam employee in the record company’s Manhattan offices. While Hav hasn’t read the book, he did shed light on the shooting and pretty much corroborated Prodigy’s version of the story.
“Something happened where I was messing around with a gun and shot somebody by accident. Actually, he was like a manger of mine,” Havoc recalled. “I believe D.M.C. [of Run-D.M.C.] was there and I had tried to bounce. Next thing you know, [A Tribe Called Quest member] Ali Shaheed Muhammad is like, ’Don’t go nowhere. You gonna make it worse.’ ”
Hav was arrested, but later cleared of the charges after the victim testified that the shooting was an accident, according to the autobiography.
As far as whether he plans to read “My Infamous Life,” Havoc said he’s in no rush. “I don’t really have to read the book. At some point I will, but everything in there I know. So it’s just like going down memory lane.”