Mobb Deep has revealed that they had the opportunity to record with the Notorious B.I.G. on the Havoc-produced track “Last Day” in 1997, but blew off the chance for collaboration. Speaking with MTV’s Mixtape Daily, Prodigy and Havoc explained that they were strictly focused on their own career and didn’t pay attention to Biggie.
“A lot of the people were coming on the block back in the days when Biggie had ‘Party and Bullsh–,’ his first record, and they would play it. I wasn’t into it,” said P. “I was focused on Mobb Deep. I had tunnel vision: I really didn’t give a f— what anybody was doin’ in rap music, except for Mobb Deep and Nas and our little circle. Everything else was irrelevant to me.”
When presented with the opportunity to duet with B.I.G., the Queens, New York rappers weren’t feeling it. “I told Hav I just really didn’t want to do that. That was my opinion at that time,” said Prodigy, who started listening to Big after he passed. “I started liking Biggie. After he started heating up, I started re-listening to it. I was like, ‘This kid is alright. I like, son.’ […] Sometimes that happens in life though.”
Havoc explained that he had a similar mindset with the Lost Boyz. “I definitely wasn’t checking for other people. I missed a lot of stuff in the ’90s that I like now. I just had tunnel vision,” he said. “There was a lot of dope acts that was out back in the ’90s, like the Lost Boyz. I never paid attention to their stuff.”
Similar to their attitude towards B.I.G.’s music, Havoc came around to liking Lost Boyz years later. “Now, when I look back on it and I listen to their stuff now, it’s like, ‘Yo, they had that sh–.’ They always kept the party poppin’. I really appreciate their music, and I’m glad that they made it,” he said. “That’s ill that they are even a part of the era that we came from.”