Nine days ago a series of negative tweets from Havoc's Twitter account — directed at his Mobb Deep counterpart, Prodigy — seemed to signal the beginning of a breakup for the group, but since then, both rappers have backtracked considerably. First, Havoc
claimed that his phone was hacked, and now Prodigy admits that it was all a very bizarre publicity stunt.
During a Tuesday
href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Vl-zH6KKlCM" target="_blank">interviewwith Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg on New York's Hot 97 radio station, Prodigy continued with the somewhat questionable narrative, explaining that when Havoc's phone was hacked, they didn't immediately take action. He says that the group decided to take the publicity, negative as it was.
"When we got down to the bottom of it, and me and Hav realized what was going on, we realized it was all bogus but we kept quiet," Prodigy explained. "We ain't say nothing about it, we didn't get up on Twitter right away and say, 'It's bogus' so that's probably why people think we set it up or something. But we just waited for a minute.
"Me and Havoc's businessmen," Prodigy added, "We stepped back and was like, 'Alright, how can we use this to our advantage? We were like, 'Alright, we got a record about to drop.' "
Cipha and Peter weren't buying the story that easily, though, and they asked a few questions of their own. Among their concerns: Why did the tweets from Havoc's account come from the Web, when he claimed that his phone was stolen? Why had trustworthy sources confirmed that there was a falling out within the group?
"Me and Hav have a lot of fights and arguments," Prodigy replied. "And when we fight, we laugh about it and tell people in interviews; it's nothing to be ashamed of. With me and Hav, our whole thing with Mobb Deep is to try to make ourselves one of the longest-running hip-hop groups that there is and we know that. That's our goal, so when little arguments pop up, it's nothing for us to hide."
Though the story still seems to have a few holes in it, Prodigy did release a new single, "Gangsta Love," in the midst of the drama. If things are all good between Prodigy and Havoc, maybe the duo will drop an album this year after all.