Havoc Speaks On Prodigy's Return, Guru, Eminem's "Recovery"

Exclusive: Mobb Deep records will not be started without both members in the studio, while Havoc demands proper honoring for Guru.

Speaking with HipHopDX last week, Havoc quickly revealed that amidst big production placements such as Eminem's Recovery album, his top priority is still Mobb Deep partner, Prodigy. "My main thing is just waitin' for P to get home," said Prodigy's partner for over 18 years. Havoc revealed that his "Shook Ones" co-writer will likely be home February of 2011, although he did add that the date is not set in stone.

On Mobb Deep's first album, 1993's Juvenile Hell, the duo sought out Gang Starr producer DJ Premier for first single, "Peer Pressure." As Premier frequently scratched Mobb lyrics into his later works, Havoc was asked about his relationship with Keith "Guru" Elam, Premier's Gang Starr partner. "I knew Guru, but I can't say that I was very close to him. But whenever I was around him, he always showed me love. He always saluted me, and I saluted him."

Havoc continued, and spoke disapprovingly of recent events surrounding Guru's death. "His death is definitely a loss - a big loss." Specifically, Havoc added, "I'm kind of angry at the fact at how they treated his exit. Like, there was no memorial service or nothin' like that. Yeah, we can do interviews and stuff like that and praise him for what he's done, but I think that [artists] in Hip Hop need to get together and [properly honor Guru]."

The Queens icon is well-aware that fans have put blame on Guru's post-2004 musical partner, Solar. "I hear everybody saying things against Solar, the dude that was with him in his final days, whateva-whateva - we can hold anger towards him, but that anger is just in vain if we don't do something ourselves and hold our own memorial," deduced Hav. "By me doing this interview and saying that, hopefully people will hear it and catch onto it and say, 'You know what? That's a good idea.' I'm just tired of hearin' everybody shit on Solar. 'Cause you know what? Fuck him. I don't know him personally, but let's just do something for Guru."

At press time, there have been statements made regarding an upcoming New York memorial benefit concert for Guru, but not formal announcements have been made.

Lastly, Havoc was asked to describe his recent production work with Eminem on Recovery. Laughing, the man who has produced for Notorious B.I.G., Game and Jadakiss said, "I mean, the chemistry was...real smooth. That's just one word I can use."

With one of summer's top releases already confirmed, and hopes of working with Roc Nation's J. Cole, Havoc spoke on his remaining 2010 plans. "I'm trying to get even more placements, as big as the Eminem one. So just look out for me and my name to be in the album's credits, 'cause I'm comin' for it."

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  • MightyMike27

    Damn. Every article I read, J.Cole is alwayz mentioned lol Good Shyt... Hope he don't sell out like Wale and B.O.B

  • harris89

    that's the truth what he was sayin about a memorial service.

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  • S. Blake

    'Streets Raised Me' IMO if not the hardest, one of the hardest songs ever. That crazy piano and that chick singing kinda off-key? Classic sh*t!!

  • illmatic '94 - distant relatives 2010

    Havoc is still a beast and had the best beat on Blackout 2 "Dope Nigga". Havoc's production is the only part of Mobb Deep that still works. Neither he or Prodigy can really impress me on the mic anymore

  • Branson

    Yo HAVOC Has A Good Point... Everybody Using All This Negative Energy In This Whole FUCK SOLAR Campaign... Its Overshadowing All The Positive Guru Stood For... And Its Eating Up His Legacy... While Putting That AssHole In The LimeLight... Free P... M.O.B.B. 4 Life... I Hope Prodigy Stay On That Political Gangster... Killumanti Shit... We Need More HipHop Soldiers 2 Actually Have The Balls 2 Stand Up And Fight 4 Our People... Because Mainstream HipHop Is Slowly Destroying Our People... Open Your Eyes

    • yea yea..

      cosign about Guru and Solar. Solar needs to be exposed, but this mess has made Guru's passing full of bitterness. thats not how it should be

  • Mark Seven

    Havoc's made sum of the heaviest beats in Hip Hop history. He picks great samples and Quiet Storm is just ridiculous. Murda Muzik was da shit

  • bedouin

    Too bad DX hasn't reported on all the dirt dug on on Solar over the past 4 days, and the fact he was very well implicit in Guru's death. Or I guess they're waiting for a press release from someone instead of becoming actual journalists.

    • bedouin

      Why did you delete my link to the Village Voice article on Guru's leaked E-Mails, then write that shit?

    • DX Fam A Lam

      Whoa. So you're saying WE haven't been journalists on this shit? Wow.

    • bedouin

      This has been going on since Saturday and not one story here: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/archives/2010/05/the_hacked_emai.php

    • jaggedraw

      what kind of dirt we talkin about? co-sign with that last sentence!

    • freshyboi

      solar should have kept a better password and maybe deleted some of those emails, it was just a matter of time. glad this shit is coming out

  • dan unow

    when have we ever held a memorial service for a rapper. michael jackson gets a fucking movie tupac didn't get SHIT.

    • DX Fam A Lam

      Links delete themselves on our message boards. Think about your statement though.

    • yea yea..

      all i was thinkin during the michael jackson mania was "James Brown was way cooler than this mofo, where was his party?"

    • pattman

      Tupac Biggie Eazy E PUN, all had well televised memorials Micheal jackson did have a memorial service!!! are you kidding me? every musician on earth was there! If you missed that shit IDK what to tell you dude.lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6sGAVU5XmY

    • Ah Hell

      Tupac Resurrection. More of a documentary, but it did come out in theaters. Overall, Tupac gets his recognition by other rappers in songs till this day. I agree with Hav though, Guru should get a proper memorial from rappers and producers (except Solar, that fuck will be put in his grave at a Guru memorial). #fuckSolar

    • bloghappy

      With all love and due respect to Tupac Shakur, he isn't Michael Jackson. Unless you're going to start counting a couple composers like Bach or Mozart, Michael Jackson was probably the ONLY musician to be loved across the entire globe regardless of racial, social, or economic positions. Biggie had an on-the-spot memorial service when his casket came through Brooklyn. That's as close as we got. But how many superstar rappers have actually died though? I mean shit, all the hip hop pioneers are still alive and the most important ones are even still touring.

    • I'm at work and bored

      Only thing Pac got after he died was finally a cover on the rolling stone mag.

  • kush nap

    havoc snare drum still the best in the business. coldest drum patterns in rap. he could retire after infamous and hell on earth as far as im concerned. those were dope enough to leave the game on. but he still dropping heat. hav can rhyme too. solo projects were weak, but the potential is still there. p helps him lock in. i know hav loved that check eminem givin out, thats a good look from slim. em is a real hip hop head, hes a fan of hav like evryone else. cant wait for prodigy to get home, shame he been locked but i think its gonna motivate the hell out of him. mobb deep forever. i like all they albums, from infamous to blood money. all dope.

    • RocTheRealHipHopLissnah

      i agree. All of the Mobbs albums is dope. Hav gott abe on his shit if slim shady wanted a beat. knameen.

  • dan unow

    dam the last time i heard em on a havoc beat was in 8 mile that last freestyle lol Recovery

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  • hiphopjunkeeee

    havoc as producer>>>>>>>>>>>>havoc as a solo artist

  • Bauce

    There's a Guru lyrics from The Moment of truth album. The song "My Advice 2 You" that stuck in my head when I saw this article title "Still, like my nigga Havoc said, sometimes you gotta hit your crew off, so they can make some bread Cause no matter the weather, niggaz be needin cheddar And things in this world are more f**ked up than ever"

  • Harry The Hat

    I like Havoc again lately.

  • c/gaddic

    havoc and mobb deep is the truth

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