During a book signing in Washington D.C. with author/professor Michael Eric Dyson, Prodigy of Mobb Deep revealed quite the shocker when he explained to the audience that he once almost gave Jay-Z a beat down outside of Justin’s Restaurant in New York City.
The incident happened several months after Jay-Z called out Prodigy at HOT97’s Summer Jam concert although according to Prodigy his issues with Jay-Z didn’t stem from Summer Jam.
“Sometime after that little statement I made about him, Jay-Z put out the song called ‘The Takeover’ and he did the Summer Jam,” Prodigy explained. “Had my picture up when I was a little kid at my grandmother’s dance school. I thought I was Michael Jackson. Aight, so cool. That was funny to me. I didn’t even take offense to that. That was just funny to me. My whole problem was a whole ‘nother thing.”
During the discussion Prodigy went on to explain that upon hearing that Jay-Z was at Justin’s Restaurant he and his crew of about 10 to 15 people waited for the rapper outside the restaurant.
“We surrounded the front door so he couldn’t get out without seeing us. So I’m standing there waiting to see him and finally he comes from back somewhere,” said Prodigy. “Him and Jermaine Dupri come walking. Jermaine sees us and he was out. Jay’s standing there with two bodyguards approaching us…He puts his hand out, like this, and comes walking up to me like this to shake my hand. So I’m looking at him like I could just really treat him like a rag dog right now like for real. So I shook his hand, ‘What’s up man?’ He was like ‘Yo listen, it ain’t no beef. It’s just music. Let’s keep it just music. There’s no problems son. I just wish you would have came and told me how you felt to my face instead of putting it in a magazine.’ And I’m like ‘Alright cool, there ain’t no beef. We can keep it just music.’ And I had thought about it real quick. Cause I’m thinking about how I could just really overpower him right now with the security and all that.”