Prodigy Recalls Mobb Deep Fans Criticizing Deal With G-Unit Records

P explains that business is business, but that many fans weren't on board with the deal.

After Mobb Deep signed a deal with 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records in June 2005, Prodigy and Havoc faced some backlash from their fans for joining forces with Fif. During an interview with ThisIs50.com, Prodigy recalled that Mobb Deep fans hated on the group for setting themselves up under 50 when they had their own brand.

“A lot of people were hating us, a lot of the Mobb Deep fans. A lot of people in the world were hating that we did a deal with G-Unit,” he said. “They be thinking that Mobb Deep is supposed to be Mobb Deep, self-contained. Why is y’all up under 50? We were looking at it like it was just business. These people out here, they should have been congratulating us for still doing deals. Some people can’t do that, some people ain’t relevant no more. But we’re still doing deals with people. We still able to function and have a career. A lot of our fans, they’re so attached to Mobb Deep, they’re so serious about Mobb Deep that they didn’t want to see us under anybody else’s brand. A lot of people don’t understand that it’s business.”

Mobb Deep was eventually released from the contract in 2009. The duo plans to release its eponymous independent debut album this year.

Watch the full interview below, where he also speaks on his belief in God.

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63 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous: how com everythng g unit related you bitch ass niggas hate on or say its wack when lets be honest you already had your mind made up before you even read or heard or saw da shit for some muthafucka's who sooo irrelevent and so wack and so lame you faggot ass niggas show be comment'n everyitme a post about these niggas come up ... closet fans lols +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ AYE, THEY WERE THE KIDDIES DANCIN' IN THEIR PAJAMAS TO "WANKSTA" ON BET! U KNO' IT'S TRUE, THEY ALWAYS SAY GRODT WAS BANGING, BUT THEY NEVER NAME ANY OF HIS EARLIER WORK WHEN HE HAD A BETTER RAP FLOW!

  • Dis P nigga make me laugh....

    Reporter: So you realise "selling out" is defined by would you did with G-unit??? P: Well, um. Not really dun. (30 minutes of bullshit) Reporter: Look, you little sickle sell funky, black god, illuminati conspirist one minute, signing to candy ass rappers the next minute, mother fucker.... Reporter: Son, just acknowledge the fans were right... you sold the fuck out like you said you would never do?? P: Well, nah, you see son... (30 minutes of non-nonsensical rubbish) Reporter: Nigga, you lost you mind. You worse than Flavor Flav... Get the fuck out my house. P: Fine.... Mom, if that's how you wanna be, stay that way..... ....................... P: If you need me I'll be sleeping in Alchemist's toilet. One.

  • dilma

    resumindo eles apenas fazer negcios por dinheiro

  • Anonymous

    How about fuck u DX? Eat a dick bastards

  • cmon man be reeal

    if its just business then why the hell did they tattoo "g-unit" on their knuckles? thats lame

  • Anonymous

    I actually like blood money album it isnt that bad sure its not Infamous and hell on earth. I didnt like americas nightmare

  • Anonymous

    The muthafucka saying niggas from the bridge suck is smoking some serious drugs real talk.

  • Anonymous

    I like most of the album. Can't forget songs like "Capital P", "Pearly Gates", "The Infamous", "Daydreamin", "Smoke It", "Put Em In They Place"

  • Anonymous

    this niigga agnostic, but he deep for real

  • Anonymous

    Money trumps a fickle fanbase, son. They don't need your permission to decide what direction they take their career in, and what you may think was a horrible album, others may have thought it was one of their best. If anything, it was an opportunity. It didn't work, but they got paid.

  • Swordz

    GOAT RAP DUO Hell on Earth - Classic The Infamous - Classic Murda Musik - Classic HNIC - Classic Infamy - 4 star Amerikaa's Nightmare - 3.5/4 star Blood Money - (on G-Unit) 1 star HNIC 2 - 4star Return of the Mac - 4/4.5(Prodigy & Alchmeist) In short - that G-Unit "business deal" fucked up their brand, their fans, and their music. Best Rap Duo ever - hands down.

  • Anonymous

    The G Unit deal was obviously a one time money grab. It wasn't the worst album ever made, rather a creatively boring one. People need to get a life though and stop acting like MOBB needs your feedback on how they should be handling their business.

    • You missing the point son....

      Dude the album sounded like a G-Unit candy machine. If you were a true Mobb fan you would realize how offence that deal was to their fan base. It's like Busta signing to Cash Money..... O shit that actually happened!!

  • Anonymous

    just business? OK. so any move thats wack, that fans think is corny, is passable, cuz its just business? prodigy speaking like a true sellout. what it get him? black cocaine fucking flopped. mobb deep might not get to put out another album. great moves. really survivng out there prodigy. now he's dressing like one of these new age faggots, tight clothes, hipster gear. mobb deep is dead man. the guy that got out the can isnt prodigy. the guy out the can is a heartless, delusional, trend hopping wimp. go book another interview p. all talk and no action. havoc needs to retire himself, these guys are on the ropes, bleeding out the mouth. lookin like a TKO is next.

  • Anonymous

    I still have that wack ass album

  • sincerejk

    i had already given up on the mobb, for the most part, by the time they signed with g-unit. i didn't hate on them for signing with g-unit, i just thought it was a bitch move, considering 50 had said "i'll do ur lil ass like jay did mobb deep" on 'piggy bank' less than a year before they signed

  • Anonymous

    who cares the mobb is done. 1995-1999 r.i.p.

  • Anonymous

    how com everythng g unit related you bitch ass niggas hate on or say its wack when lets be honest you already had your mind made up before you even read or heard or saw da shit for some muthafucka's who sooo irrelevent and so wack and so lame you faggot ass niggas show be comment'n everyitme a post about these niggas come up ... closet fans lols

    • Anonymous

      Well, to be truthful, 50 hasn't been "On top" since he was dropping mixtapes way back in the day, they all just got too comercial & very played out. So, that's why nigga's come in here & hate, because G-Unit sucks!

    • Anonymous

      CO-SIGN!!! These bitch ass niggas sided with 50 and G-Unit when they were on top and now they try to hate. LAME!!!

  • Anonymous

    The album they dropped on G-unit was garbage anyways..

    • Clique boom

      Comments like these shows why when a lot of these niggaz comment get record deals they are not gonna make it because they can't set aside the streets from business. As much as you love the streets, if you go back the streets wont pay you. the streets would eat you alive,you gotta learn the business aspect of the game to become rich. just remember to help the streets when u get their and i think that was one mistake he never said no one from the streets. he only signed artist that were already established on a previous label.Now he signed paris but its way too late man.. still respect 50 cent though

  • Anonymous

    Young Money will be dead by the time Cory Gunz get's out of jail....Just like Mobb Deep was when P got out.

  • So Icy Boi!

    fuck dis shit niggas! fuck dis shit! Mobb Deep aint real. dey are a bunch of primadonnas. dese niggas aint gangsta, aint real. P is a latent homosexual. fuckin faggot. The Infamous is ovarated as hell. dat album wuz da worst hip hop album of 2005.... dese niggas are clowns. listen to real gangsta hip hop like Gucci & Waka. swag

  • gasface

    If signing to G-Unit was only business why them 2 stupid motherfuckers get a G-Unit tattoos on they fucking hands??? It shows how desperate these niggas are!

    • badnewzxl

      Mobb Deep is whack for signin to G-Unit bc 50 dissed them niggaz on the album HE came out with not long before those two chumps signed! Piggy Bank, of the Massacre: "Jada don't fuck wit me, if you wanna eat/ I'll do ya lil ass like Jay did Mobb Deep...." How you gon go do business with a nigga that just came out and basically told everybody you got crushed? That IS what he was saying; that's why it was a warning to Jada (an empty one; Jada's WAAAAY better than either of them Mobb Deep niggaz, and he crushed 50 on Checkmate). AND the so called Infamous (which is a crock of shit, too; nobody knew them niggaz after 99. When they signed to G-Unit, ppl were either like "really? Them niggaz still rappin?" or "who the fuck is Mobb Deep and if they're deep, why's there only two of them?") niggaz joined up with a dude that was hated by ALL Mobb Deep's major allies: Fat Joe, Wu Tang, the Lox, etc. I personally never gave a shit about these niggaz; besides Nas, them other Queensbridge niggaz are whack (Mega, Nature, and esp Prodigy; NORE's cool, but he aint from the Bridge). Prodigy's the worst.

  • Jason

    you can criticize but Blood Money album had hot ass production behind it and was mad slept on. put em in their place was hard!!!

  • Anonymous

    mouth mouth fool talk,talk man get 2 fuck out of here

  • Anonymous

    all this nigga do now is talk and talk

  • Anonymous

    Prodigy and 50 have their fall offs in common.

  • Anonymous

    I predict this will get over 100 post anything to do with 50 or g-unit the cock boys come out the closet to put 50 in their fuckin mouth.come back in a few hours.

  • Anonymous

    i recall prodigy putting out music. stop talking already. 1000 interviews and a book and a cpl lame features here and there along with a GARBAGE EP. havoc is a bum, completely washed up. prodigy has a chance, needs to focus on his solo shit.

    • Anonymous

      name ONE beat that was HOT. havoc fell the fuck off, DEAL WITH IT. every track also has a CO PRODUCER. i love early havoc, he stopped making hot beats somewhere after infamy. alchemist needs to slap him and take over all MOBB production. what did havoc do when p was locked up? NOTHING. and he sounds dusty on the mic, havoc is officially dead weight. HAVOC can't even produce an EP in full, and the EP still sucked.

    • Anonymous

      DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY TRACKS HAVOC HAS DONE IN THE PAST TWO YEARS FOR MAJOR ARTIST? ONE YOURSELF.

  • Swordz

    That Blood Money album was trash. Mobb Deep >> Anything G-Unit has ever put out.

  • Burmy

    Big ups to P for finding the right way to handle his sentence...he did his bid, is back doing his thing too...best thing is, he was finna back Ron Paul in '08 and is backing him again in '12...unlike most of you, he's not blinded by that bitch-ass house negro's allure.

  • Anonymous

    Lmao their reign won't end that's funny. This swag shit is just another phase and will go just like it came and ymcmb will go with it youngster. Anyway I didn't mind the unit deal but still felt like they should've stuck with trying to build infamous records

  • koth561

    Haha... I'm an original Mobb Deep fan and I wasn't hating on them for joining 50 cuz they are somewhat alike even though G-Unit is more commercial... I was only hating once I heard Blood Money and it was fucking trash and P couldn't rap for shit.

  • dentaldamboy

    G-Unit and YMCMB have a lot in common. People hated on G-Unit when they were on top and they hate on YMCMB now. The difference is that YMCMB's reign will not end.

    • Anonymous

      This is EXACTLY why rappers without haters will NEVER blow up. Haters are the way to success, they give you way more exposure than any label could ever give you.

  • luke

    is it just me or is this dude always talking about the past? Yes, Prodigy, Mobb Deep was hot back in 1990, your career is finsihed. I understand remembering the past is the only thing you have to hold onto, but man up kid, move on, Mobb Deep is finished and so are you.

  • Anonymous

    The avg fan dont understand 50 is like family they couldnt get a deal the felt good about and 50 looked out QUEENS ALL DAY.

  • Anonymous

    how many times do we gotta read stories on here about artists talking about the same shit over and over

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