Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WWE Flashback: Prodigy -- Cops Asked Him to Plant Drugs, Gun in 50 Cent's Car

Four days before he was scheduled to report to prison for firearms possession in 2008, Prodigy, who is one half of the rap group Mobb Deep, stopped by the Wendy Williams Experience to sip some Nuvo and chat with Wendy and Charlamagne about sickle cell anemia, his arrest and the "the hip hop police" asking him to set up 50 Cent. He says his sickle cell disease is under control and he's doing well. (Sickle cell anemia is a disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells which block blood flow in the blood vessels of the limbs and organs. Blocked blood flow can cause pain and organ damage.) He hope he would be placed in a "high risk" or medical wing of the jail, where they could treat his illness. The rapper, who was 33 at the time, said he recently got married to the mother of his three children after being engaged for several years. Now on to the tea: In October 2006 Prodigy says he was driving a bullet-proof Chevy Suburban with The Alchemist in the passenger seat when he performed an illegal u-turn by the "hip hop police" and after an illegal search, they found a .22 caliber handgun in the console. (Charlamagne asked a poignant question: Why does he own a gun when he never used it to fend off attacks from Saigon (and others?) who beat him at the Source Awards?) Both Prodigy and The Alchemist were taken into custody but, despite Charlamagne's assertion that The Alchemist should take the blame for the weapon, Prodigy took ownership of the weapon and said "I am not willing to put him in that position, if I did something I'll handle it myself." At the police station, "the Ds" (detectives) pulled him out of his cell "three times" and "rip up the arrest report and let you and your friend walk out right now if you'll be willing to help us set 50 Cent up... help us plant a gun in his car, maybe plant some drugs in his car." They also suggested a buy-bust, but he declined their offers. Then talked about his alleged sex tape and his relationship with Lindsay Lohan. Oh, then about his feud with Jay Z, whom he referred to as "Gay Z". On March 2, 2011, Prodigy was released from prison after serving 3 years in prison. He remained on parole until 2014.

Here's the interview:

Sidebar: Here's how the Prodigy-Jay Z feud began, per Wikipedia: Throughout the late 1990s, Jay-Z and Nas avoided competition. Nas became more isolated due to his caring for his ailing mother. However, in August 1999, Roc-A-Fella artist Memphis Bleek made a vague reference to Nas in his song "Mind Right". The line "your lifestyle's written", was interpreted by rap duo Mobb Deep as a diss to the title of Nas' second album, It Was Written. Prodigy, one-half of Mobb Deep — who were close to Nas professionally as both artists were both from the Queensbridge projects and had appeared on each other's respective second albums — took issue with this and also with the lyrics and imagery in the music video to Jay-Z's 1997 single "Where I'm From": “So when I heard that, I was like, “Who is Jay talking about who is talking about hanging in Marcy in they line?” Then I thought about “Trife Life” in my verse I said “jetted through Marcy ‘cause D’s[detectives] ain’t baggin’ me” because I was out there...Then “Shook Ones” came out, then Jay came with the plastic cups, football jerseys in the projects, taking jabs at us. I was like Nas, what we need to do is go at these n*ggas because number one, his lil’ man is trying to sh!t on you; talking about your life is written and all this sh!t.” Thereafter, according to Prodigy, Nas continued to ignore the prospects of a beef, and elected not to lash back outright. Prodigy began taking shots at Jay-Z, berating him in an interview in The Source over his lyrics in some of his songs. Afterwards, tensions between Prodigy and Jay-Z increased, including a rift between Roc-A-Fella artists and a rapper friend of Prodigy's, E-Money Bags.
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