For many years, it has been well documented that Mobb Deep’s Prodigy suffers from sickle cell anemia. Recently, the topic came up again in an interview with ThisIs50 and the Mobb Deep emcee shared his advice on how to stay healthy by explaining how he’s managed his own health for so many years. The emcee also discussed how own slip-ups and shared how jail changed his attitude for the better.
“To me, it’s a blessing from God, number one,” he said of how he’s managed to have sickle cell for so many years. “Secondly, I take care of my health. I don’t fuck around. I learned how to do that of that a long time ago. There was years I was slippin’. I had many years where I was slippin’. I fell off on my health shit. I was drinking and doing all the wrong shit. When I got locked up, it actually helped me get my shit back together because you ain’t got access to none of that shit no more.”
Prodigy then continued to discuss how jail changed his attitude about health, saying if he hadn’t, he could have died.
“Plus, when you’re in jail, that’s the worst place you could ever be to have sickle cell. You will die in that muthafucker. Them niggas don’t care if you screaming in pain. If they don’t see blood, if they don’t see you unconscious with blood, they not taking you to the hospital. So, I had to get myself together. I had to get my health together to make sure I wasn’t going to get sick in there. I started working out. I was eating right, drinking mad water and just doing what I had to do to stay healthy.”