Prodigy Talks Relationship with Jay-Z, Saigon

P talks to Complex about his feelings for Jay-Z, and extends the olive branch to Saigon.

Complex recently caught up with Prodigy of Mobb Deep to discuss his upcoming autobiography and his release from prison. During the interview, the Queensbridge emcee discussed his current relationship with one-time foe Jay-Z. P discussed an incident when he ran into Jay-Z at club but chose not to confront him, saying the he felt that both he had never really considered his feud with the then-Roc-a-Fella star to be that personal.

"I mean, maybe [I would have stepped to Jay] when I was younger," he said. "But around that time my mind and my decision-making started changing. We don’t beat up on weak people. You don’t do that shit where I’m from. You don’t score no points doing that. You don’t take advantage of somebody that you could take advantage of, and overpower them. That’s a universal law you would be violating to do some shit like that, so we don’t so that. Word."

He also added, "I mean after Justin’s incident, when I seen where his head was at with the whole situation, and I seen that he didn’t want to take it to that level, we fell back off of the nigga. Because we seen that the nigga was not that serious. He says it’s just music, alright cool then it’s just music then. I mean if he would have been some type of threat then we would have took care of that. We bumped into him a few times after that. Like, the VMAs, shows at Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, certain places like that we’ll see him backstage and he’ll see us like, 'Oh, what’s up man?'...When I was younger, the situation would have probably been different. But he came up to me and said, 'Yo, ain’t no beef son. It’s just music.' Alright, cool. So that’s where we left it. It’s just music. It’s a little rap music rivalry, and that’s that. We know the difference between street shit and music shit."

Prodigy also extended the olive branch to another former foe Saigon, who he fought with at a concert in 2007. He said his recent bid in the bing put many of his former grievances with other emcees in perspective - including Nas, with whom he recently recorded a song.

"Like the Saigon situation is like the same situation [as ending he beef with Nas]," he explained. "Like, it don’t make sense to do...That’s just like, corny. That would be wrong to do something to him. That wouldn’t even be fair, to tell you the truth. It’s not even that serious. A little incident happened, like whatever. You stay over there, we’ll stay over here, because when it gets like that son, somebody’s going to get hurt bad. It’s not going to be us either, put it like that. And that’s just being real. Word.


  • Gangster actor

    lol we don't take advantage of weak people. This fuck is saying that Jay Z is weak. Well i dont consider jay tough but he will beat the shit out of prodigy. Come on Prodigy even Justin Bieber will beat the shit out of you!!!!

  • TheTruth Hurts

    Shut the fuck up prodigy! Remember: - 2pac slapped you in the face and you did nothing. -Keith Murray beat your ass and you did nothing. - Jay Z killed your career in 2001. - Tru Life beat the shit out of you. - Saigon beat the shit out of you. And even Kriss kross will beat the shit out of you. Stop acting to be tough! And stop saying oh its not personal. Just make good music! or leave the mic alone and get some wellfare!

  • Anonymous

    P stuck in the past man, time machines don't exist yet homie, so you can't get away with your 90's shit anymore. Your music was owning back then, but this is 2011 now man. Rap has evolved into a fuckin' parasite. Jay-Z running a lot of things right now that you have never seen even in your dreams. Just stay in your place and make good music (which you haven't since sucking 50's shaft).


    Hip hop truly is the new WWF, even the fans don't want no peace LOL. Dudes letting petty shit go, settling beef ,they be on some grown up shit. Letting a battle/beef get out off controle over some music. Biggie&Pac died because of that bullshit.

  • Giveaway

    LOL. you guys are really dumb for believing this is the greatest ever...

  • prodigy

    I don't care if you Mobb Deep, I hold triggers to crews You little FUCK, I've got money stacks bigger than you When I was pushin weight, back in eighty-eight you was a ballerina I got your pictures I seen ya Then you dropped "Shook Ones," switch your demeanor Well - we don't believe you, you need more people Roc-A-Fella, students of the game, we passed the classes Nobody can read you dudes like we do Don't let 'em gas you like Jigga is ass and won't clap you Trust me on this one - I'll detach you Mind from spirit, body from soul They'll have to hold a mass, put your body in a hole No, you're not on my level get your brakes tweaked I sold what ya whole album sold in my first week You guys don't want it with Hov' Ask Nas, he don't want it with Hov', nooooo!

  • badhabitz

    P is weak he should really learn to shut his mouth coz it gets him into trouble, they should of asked him about the beat downs he got from Keith Murray.

  • lowprofile

    imobb deep shook it but prodigy took it a little too far can't fuck with brooklyn pre and post prison this nigga aint shit

  • Jesus

    man becareful. Saigon and jay-z might form a group called "Deeper then the Mobb" and own both you. and youll be like "yeah we was gonna send shots but uhm.... we forgot our guns at our baby mamas" cmon you sound like a pussy just say "yeah no beef its music. or say "yeah saigon whooped my ass, next time thoo its on" humble isnt bad dumbshit. now back to 94 Mobb deep or just stfu and stay away from rap

  • Anonymous

    isn't jay z southpaw lil cunt wouldn't see the left hook till blaowwwwwww

  • Anonymous

    P get in with banks!!!

  • ts5000

    can't fuck with hov

  • REAL

    Damn, this dude came out softer than he went it. After Jay dissed Summerjam, P goes at the Roc on several tracks from the mixtape before the Infamy album. Takes a few shots at Jay on Infamy and damn near lost focus on his rhyme and skill because of Jay. He put out muzik against the illumaniti & associates Jay name with that - writes letters from prison addressing Jay's affiliation with them BUT oh, its not personal, it's just muzik??? Tru Life's homies robbed P's crew at a studio because P used a recycled verse that Tru paid good money for and what the Mobb say? Its just muzik??? One of P's 1st interviews after coming home, he gets asked about Jay then fumbles through the interview and denounced his whole argument about Jay. Damn, I thought this dude supposed to be the HNIC, oh, I almost forget, its just muzik lol.

  • mongloid

    some of these rappers need to put their money where their mouth is and step into the boxing ring like real men, fuck all this gun talk bs, saigon would body him in the ring

  • mongloid

    i like mobb deep prob more than jay z but seriously.... saying mobb deep catalogue is bigger? wake up bro. i agree with some of the others prodigy thinks he some sort of god or something when lyrically he fell off hard, and if it did come down to fighting... come on bow wow could beat his ass. this whole acting like gangstas in hip hop is so played out, just make sick music and shut the fuck up

  • Ace.^

    nobody plays into all that shit he's always talkin about.....and he has to be a fool to think anybody does everything i've ever read from interviews with him i'm thinkin wtf is with this guy and why does he talk like he's some kinda don or

    • guerilla jones

      lol i know right?oh it was just music?that should be more offensive cause he summerjammed his ass and it wasnt even personal?damn!!prodigy,i donbt think you DO want it with Hov.


    nice , fuck jay z mobb deep need to make some more grimy shit

  • godbody

    Prodigy one of my fav but XXL need to "NEGRO PLEASE" his ass wit dat 'we dont beat up on da weak....' lmao

    • ultrakid

      i know right..if thats the case then if jay was back in his younger days, he would have beat the shit outta prodigy, its just since jay matured, and his career started doing good he changed his whole approach to life, so he just says "its just muscic" to keep the peace, but c'mon does prodigy REALLY think jay scared of him?? ..PLEASE

  • Anonymous

    LOLZZZ Given that you actually knew Biggie, do you see what Diddy means when comparing Rick Ross and Big? I guess because he’s a big, heavy-set, fat dude or whatever. Like, I don’t know man. They talk about flashy things. I don’t really know. That’s the only comparison I see, is their weight.

  • ct all day

    What is he talking about? Weak people? Who can P really step to anywhere? I would love to know who really is tough. All these cats talk tough I would love to see them really scrap. P is an annoying ass dude.

  • Anonymous

    yo i dont understand why yah dudes hate on prodigy....what p is saying bout jay is true..all of a sudden jay is a super thug..p is calling it how it is..jay was shook at justins..the same way nigga was shook when pun was gonna get at him in the club..and yes saigon got a punch in..but he ran right after that so how does that make p look like a chump? i dont get it..p got snuffed and saigon threw on those track asics and made moves like a love that of those classic prodigy lines..mobb deep forever!!

    • ct all day

      So are you saying P saw Jay and was going to step to him and Jay said no man I have no beef it's just music...Who are you trying to fool? So P is intimidating Jay? That's some funny ish!

    • HHFAN

      Are you in '98 or some sh*t? Jay hasn't been on any Super Thug sh*t since the first Blue Print album.

  • dontgiveafuck.

    the nigga took a few punches in the face and he acts like "nah, it aint no beef, it's just music, if we wanted to, we would have handled it in the street way, but because it's just music, we didn'" get the fuck out !! saigon beat you up on stage on your own show, this shit was video taped and then you talk about "it's just music" ?!! it does not make sense ! as far as the jay situation, it sounds like prodigy didn't want this shit goes into an escalade so he sounds like he's trying to persuade himself it's just a hip-hop thing ! man get your man up a little beat and call a cat a cat ! however, i like mobb deep, they old school, i trully like prodigy and havoc, but please, just make sense in your interviews and dont hide behind some fake shit to avoid the shame you just bear in the past ! is it too goddamn hard to be real with yourself in this rap ish ?!!

  • truthhurts2012

    SMFH. Prodigy still talking greasy about jay. i thought dude would have learned his lesson. He got a lot of heart for a little sickle cell muthafuka I give him that. Talkin bout he dont take advantage of weak people. Ok prodigy whatever you have to say to make your bruised ego feel better. But Jayz killed your career in 2001. Joining gay unit sealed the coffin. I will always respect you for The Infamous lp and hell on earth but give it up son you loss that battle a long time ago Hov assasinated you. now just focus on making a new dope mobb deep album and maybe you can have a little underground success but it will never be 94 for you again

    • da1

      @ gutterman, so that have a party song with nate dogg wasn't pop. GTFOH Make jay-z's collection look like a disney one. You must be on the same stuff Prodigy was on when he did this interview.

    • Anonymous

      You sound mad as

    • gutter man

      another fuckin goofball on dx- P 's catalouge is solid and long (no homo) and it makes j's look like a disney collection. stop worshipping false idols(hov) gtfoh. gay z compromised so much and did so much weak songs and went pop and P and Mobb stayed true and kept putting out real raw hip hop- and P has smart lyrics half the time with a message- J is just trash -sayin nothing- fuckin corporate pawn P and Cam'ron Killed Jay Z's credability. do your homework.

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