Prodigy Recalls Origins Beef With Tupac Shakur

Prodigy says that it all started because of Snoop Dogg kicking over buildings in the video for Tha Dogg Pound's "New York, New York."

Prodigy recent sat down with Vlad TV, discussing the origins of his beef with Tupac Shakur. During the interview, the Mobb Deep member said it all started when Snoop Dogg said that New York didn't have love for him or Death Row, and how it escalated following the release of Tha Dogg Pound's video for "New York, New York."

"The Tupac situation came about because Snoop and them did a video kicking over the New York buildings. Stomp through New York. It had something to do with the Source Awards that year, back then. Snoop felt some kind of fway, like if you’ve seen the footage at the awards show, he was like, ‘New York ain’t got no love for Snoop Dogg and Death Row?’ For some reason, he felt some kind of way. We never felt like that. New York loved Death Row, loved Snoop Dogg. I guess I don’t know. They had this little thing with Puff and Biggie. I don’t know if that’s what sparked it, but he started doing that video and started kicking over our building. The tallest building in Queens at that time was the Citibank building."

Watching the video, he thought that it was disrespectful and hopped on Capone-n-Noreaga's "L.A. L.A." Because of his participation in the song, Tupac took offense and felt he had to snap back at P.

"When that happened, that’s right when ‘Pac had gotten signed to Death Row, so I guess he felt like he had to be the one to step up and be like, you know what? I’m going to be the one to go at all of y’all niggas and I’ma show my loyalty to Death Row since I’m new over here. We’re going to make it happen right now. Fuck it, it’s war," he said.  "So that’s how it really started. We ain’t even have no problems with ‘Pac, it was really just Snoop and them, but ‘Pac was holding it down for his crew, just like I was holding it down for New York."

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72 Comments

  • Nick

    lol You're all some goofies, talking like you know what exactly happened when most of you were kids when this was happeneing. You don't know none of these dues. fact of the matter is when Mobb Deep got in the beef, Havoc and P were both teenagers. They took shots at what you can say were made men (Pac, Snoop the rest of Death Row). There names are still relevant today. All fo you hating on them are just Pac dick riders. I see kids from the burbs talking about Pacs music speaks to them, like stfu you from the burbs how does "thug life" speak to you? Most of these rappers were fake anyway even in the 80's and 90's. Words mean shit when no one backed them up. The only real people in this were the ones who fired those shots that took both Biggie and Pacs life. They didn't talk about shit, they just did it.

    • mike

      they might of murderd pac like cowards.But they will never kill that nigga's spirit.Even his enimies are admiting he was the most gifted.Not ol'e ol cross eyed biggie.As far as the greatest emcee comming from new york.Pac was from ny.

  • KE is a faggot

    "KE" needs to get off prodigys nuts but thats probably his homo lover havok was talkin bout lmao

  • Anonymous

    Still talking about 1996 and everything 16 years ago. Signs your career has stalled.

  • Anonymous

    POLICE WATCH OUT SON

  • Anonymous

    Get new, news! This shit is old & tired!! It's been said, all before!!

  • FURYAN

    MOBB DEEP KILLED 2PAC

    • gutta

      mobb deep is gay they get robbed places and never get they chains back murder is way beyond the pussy shit they on

  • youngsta

    fuck old ass prodigy and mobb deep! 2pac destroyed these faggots on hit em up, which by the way is the best diss track in history. no one has topped it. anyway, prodigy is another one of those living in the past ass niggas. fuck mobb sleep and rip tupac shakur. a nigga that died too young.

    • KE

      Youngsta, Pac didn't destroy anyone on any kind of records or off. If you think about it, he got himself destroyed in the end. Never beat down a member of the Crips and expect to live long. Lesson to be learned. "Hit Em Up" is a mediocre diss joint at best. Canibus' "Second Round K.O." is the illest diss joint of all time. What the fuck do you know anyway? I was buyin' 80's/90's hip hop records when you was still suckin' on your mom's tits.

    • @SmeezeF

      IMHO Hit em is a great diss track but not the G.O.A.T for the simple fact that it wasn't Tupac by himself. He recruited dudes (from the east coast) that had nothing to do with the beef to help out.

  • ThaKritic

    Drop a gem on em and L.aL.a. were nice.. but they wusnt fuckin' wit Pac. If anything the production on those records were better than the verses itself. Im a fan of both sides though. #RIP2pac

  • Anonymous

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  • YO

    everything about prodigy screams homo

    • KE

      Everything about you and other disrespectful keyboard gangsters on here screams HOMO. And you probably wear skin tight jeans too!

  • fresh

    EVERYONE COMMENTING IS DUMB AF THESE PUSSIES WERENT THE ONLY ONES 'FIRING' BACK AT PAC THERE WAS AT LEAST A DOZEN NY RAPPERS AT THE TIME LIKE CHINO XL AND A FEW OTHERS WHO WERE ALL AFFILIATED WITH THE BLACK MAFIA OF BROOKLYN AND WERE GETTING AT PAC BADBOY, MOBB DEEP, THE FUGEES AND THATS WHY HE THOUGHT THEY SET EM UP DO YOUR RESEARCH MOBB DEEP AINT NOTHING BUT A PRETTY GOOD BITCH ASS PRODUCER AND HIS HOMOSEXUAL BALLERINA RAPPER FRIEND PRODIGY IS SOFT AS SHIT HE GOT ROBBED IN THE 413 AND NEVER GOT HIS CHAIN BACK HE ONLY BRINGS UP PAC AND HOV ALL THE TIME TO GET SOME TYPE OF BUZZ OFF IT LIKE REALLY WHY THE FUCK YOU BRINGIN UP OLD SHIT IN ALL YOUR INTERVIEWS ITS LIKE HE CANT STOP TALKIN BOUT THE SHIT HE GOT MORE THAN 10 INTERVIEWS TALKIN BOUT EITHER PAC OR JAY-Z THIS GUYS A CLOWN NOBODY GIVES A FUCK BOUT EM EXCEPT THESE LAMES THAT DONT KNO NOTHING BOUT RAP AND WOULD BELIEVE HIS LIES

  • Prodigy Is A Ballerina

    Such a faggot.

  • mike

    gotta say for how corny p is,mobb and cnn were the only artest to really go at pac,when jay z stayed very quiet p and hav made "drop a gem on em" king sun had a dope ass track dissing pac but nooone outside of ny heard it.

    • Eat a dick biatch

      These idiots talkin shit...Drop a gem on em came out in August 96 as single b4 the album drop...Pac was alive, why do u think he got real angry at em niggas, cos the truth hurts mafakaz...

    • 7 Cities SLymm

      @ jace- i agree it is more entertaining when MCs call out their enemies by name Pac's "intent" was to ruin their careers, so i DISagree that he destroyed anybody -Jay-Z is the greatest rapper (in terms of accomplishments) -Diddy is the richest Hip-Hop mogul -Nas is considered the greatest lyricist/poet and is still relevent 20 years in the game -Chino XL (has been and is an underground legend) -B.I.G.'s legacy still lives on -Mobb Deep dropped 2 more good albums after Pac's death and they still have careers (unlike 90% of Death Row artists) ...he went at them, but he failed to kill any careers ...and I'm an unbiased fan of ALL of the aforementioned artists' (Pac included) music

    • jase

      @nick. you miss the point that cd/song didn't come out til after pac passed. and he dissed them multiple times and that's all they had??? WEAK. and they didn't ever say his name. doesn't matter if most knew who they meant you should always call out names so their is no misconceptions. pac destroyed everybody when he went at them. no one stood a chance. simple as that.

    • KE

      That's exactly right. Mobb and CNN went right at Pac and them during the heated east coast/west coast bullshit. Pac's dick riding fans think "Hit Em Up" was better than "Drop A Gem On Em" but that's also bullshit and I don't give a fuck how many youtube views "Hit Em Up" has. "Hit Em Up" was a disrespectful, vulgar diss joint, while "Drop A Gem" was a more intelligently made story-telling diss joint... "Rikers Island flashback of the house you got scuffed it in you would think you gettin your head shot was enough but then Now you wanna got at my team" ..."you gotta gat you betta find it and use that shit think fast and get reminded of robberies in Manhattan you knew what happened 60 g's and one for gun clappin Who Shot Ya? You'd probably scream louder than an opera New York gotcha, now you wanna use my mob as a crutch what makes you think you cant get bucked again Once again, back in the house once again" Fuckin' ILL, period.

    • jase

      hell on earth DIDNT COME OUT TIL AFTER PAC DIED. but i do agree that mobb deep was probably the only ones that would have dared to fire back at pac. the rest of them scary ass fools were clowns.

    • DA WATCHA

      MUTHA FUCKIN RIGHT !!! I'VE STATED THAT FOR YEARS THAT MOBB DEEP WAS THE ONLY ONE TO GO AFTER PAC WHEN HE WAS ALIVE....NOW JAY, PUFFY, AND THE LIKE SUCK PAC'S DICK AND PAY HOMAGE TO HIM...BUT WANNA GO AFTER MOBB DEEP AND OTHER NEW YORK CREWS...NEW YORK IS SELF DEFEATING MAN, AND U WONDER HOW THEY LOST THE LEAD...SMH

  • G-Bee

    Damn P, more lies? Anybody who studied this beef knows there was a lot more going on than "New York New York" and the Source awards.

    • KE

      Everyone is a fuckin' hip hop historian. Man, I hate the net sometimes. So many fuckin' CLOWNS typing bullshit.

    • GoReadABook

      @G-Bee Following rappers and 'studying beef' are entirely different things. You're one of those people who wants to act like they have some sort of inside knowledge concerning a 90's East/West hiphop beef, like you alone really got to the bottom of it, and you insinuate these retarded delusions everytime you say something like 'Damn P, more lies?' and everything else you just wrote in that stupid ass comment. If you knew anything that everybody hasn't discovered already, you wouldn't be making these claims in the comment section of a hiphop website article

    • NICK

      @ hypestyle TRUE, When Pac was in Jail, he heard that Mobb Deep where using the word "Thugs" or "Thug Life we stil livin it" in their songs, a line which was originated from Tupac, So he felt they were tryna go at him seein as Pac was stuck in Jail. Pac also felt NAS was copying he's style Nas who was associates of Mobb Deep - who then got involved. Apparantly Tupac & he's niggas even went to one of Mobb Deep concerts to try & rush them, but security ushered them anyway. Mobb Deep also tried to claim that the 1992 movie "Juice" in which Pac played an actor named "Bishop" who was a ruthless assassin - Got Tupac gassed up and that he was trying to potray the "Bishop" character in Real Life. Prodigy Shuda mentioned all these things man, He disapointed me: (listen to Mobb Deep "On the Long Run" "Drop a Gem on 'em

    • G-Bee

      Hah hypocrites! If you don't follow rappers, what u doing on this site?

    • m

      lol lame ass studying beef

    • Anonymous

      U study beef? LAME!

  • hypestyle

    I wonder how many rappers owned stock in the CitiBank building for them to be catching feelings about it.. never mind..

  • Fuck Mobb Deep

    nigga who cares you're homosexual anyway.

  • BlazeDatIshUp

    I heard a few interviews with Pac where he said they(mobb deep) had a song where it said 'thug life we still living it'(he heard the song on the radio while he was in jail), and when Pac's people went to one of their concerts and said Thug Life they wouldn't say shit. In other words they were talking shit, but when folks went to their ish and called them out, they wouldn't say shit. I'm not saying folks should pull guns out, cuz that's bullshit, but hey don't talk shit on records and/or interviess, then get all quiet in person. As much as folks may hate 50 cent, although I still like his ish regardless, he is the one person who will diss you directly and not give a fuck, just like 2Pac, or he'll say something that makes it obvious who he is talking about. 2Pac would always say your name directly, or he too would say shit and you knew who he was talking about, while a lot of rappers these days will take subliminal shots and shit, but then when interviewed they act like it wasn't about such and such. Can't believe I wrote all that shit, must be bored, but I made my point....

    • 7 Cities SLymm

      In terms of skill/lyrics: -50 defeated Ja (public opinion only) who was his most even match -lost to: The Lox, Cassidy, Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Jay-, Nas, Cam'Ron In terms of physical fights: -he fought Ja Rule & hit Fredro Starr (two guys shorter than 5'9 less than 150 lbs) -he DODGED fights with Fat Joe, Rick Ross & The Game (ppl close to or bigger than his size)

    • jase

      lol. 50 didn't do shit when game tore his ass up. game ate him alive. and plenty of rappers call out names. you acting like 50 is the only one when he barely even does it to begin with.

  • Anonymous

    Is dude worried people dont know who he is..? Why the fuck is he wearing a mobb deep hat lmao..and why the fuck are there justin bieber ads all over hhdx smfh.

    • hiphopdx (eds.)

      Dear Anonymous, There are no Justin Bieber adds on this page. There is however a direct relation between your google searches and the adds that you perceive on your screen. You do the math, belieber. Kind Regards

  • Anonymous

    I like 2pac.. but seriously Mobb deep were way better way more underground at the time. 2pac was mainstream Mobb Deep was all in the 411 videos everyone bumpin there shit..

    • Radi

      love mobb deepmy favourite rap group after wu tang but pac had songs for all emotions and he was mainstream but only coz his lyrics were too sick even when he flows on a chorus that shit is ill "live the life of a thug nigga until the day i die, live the life of a boss player cause even gettin high"

  • Anonymous

    So, basically Pac put Mobb Deep in their place because of Snoop? Sad that Snoop didn't have Pac's back with Biggie and Puff even though Pac didn't need it.

    • jase

      exactly. when the shit got deep snoop's scary ass ran for cover. pac was all out war and had to get the outlawz to ride with him and they obviously didn't mind a bit. they went hard.

  • Anonymous

    LA LA big city of dreams but everything in LA aint always what it seems u might get fooled if u come from outta town cause we coming from Queens gets down

  • killah_casp

    actually im pretty sure he said "new york aint got no love for dr dre and snoop dogg new york aint got no love for dr dre and snoop dogg and death row records" but i think p is speaking the truth here pac did go at alot of new york rappers 4 little if any reason nas was the only one to squash it tho the whole east and west beef was blown up by the media over small shit thats what there like the majority off hip hop fans belive the first thing they read and alot tend to have love for certain artists for certain reason rappers may not go out to kill another rapper themselves when they drop a diss track but that rappers fans may take action artists dont know the type of ppl that are listening to there music or rivals music and thats why there have been so many murders in the rap game and no one ever doing the time for it

    • str82dapoint

      How are you gonna include quotation marks and no other punctuation? Put a period or comma in here and there so we can actually read what you write.

  • Anonymous

    Let's be honest 2pac was sometimes ridiculous, he was never from la and he anwers a diss track that was aimed at la rappers, come on.

    • gaetarick

      Fucking idiot is a Fucking idiot!

    • Fucking idiot

      Pac reppi Cali and the west coast nigga. LA in the west, this stick figure dissin LA and Pac so why didn't Pac go out his lame ass. Like another poster said, Jay not only exposed this lame ass he destroyed his career.

  • Anonymous

    P you forget how you were saying Pac got raped in jail at your concerts? Thats what really ticked Pac off and thats why he sent the Outlawz to one of your concerts to see what was up.

  • Vagabond

    You know hip hop music has hit a wall when people are writing and reading (myself included) about some minor shit that took place 15 years ago. And it's not the first time. Ain't nothing else happen in the past couple days besides this? Ny, ny was the shit tho. Video too brave as hell. They got shot at during the filming of it also for those who don't know

    • Bigg Homie Locc Dogg

      Youre Right! The only reason that people keep talking about it, is that the GLORY DAYS of rap are dead and gone...

  • Noles

    Death Row raped Mobb Deep

  • Anonymous

    "just like I was holding it down for New York" You weren't holding shit down you 40 year old midget.

  • Perfectman

    " I dont know if thats what sparked it, but he started doing that video and started kicking over our building. The tallest building in Queens at that time was the Citibank building." - F*** Citibank, and that dumb a## beef

  • Anonymous

    snoop fucked the game up suge put the battery in his back go watch the video that beef came out of thin air i live in ny everybody was banging deathrow albums that shit fucked up snoop carreer for a minute

  • basedgod

    I remember he said he wanted to kill 2Pac, beat the shit out of him....in another interview. But he goes soft now because Pac's birthday were last Saturday.

  • Anonymous

    2 good albums mobb deep dropped, now they're weak

  • K.O.L

    People still hating on P hahaha! Top 5 Dead or Alive!

  • Mortis

    both 2pac and jay-z served your sickle cell ass.

  • p

    Prodigy H.N.I.C 3 The Infamous Mobb Deep

  • Jay-Z

    I killed your career Prodigy.

  • kennyken

    that was a very hot moment in hiphop. some very good music came out of that beef! but some lives of some of the most influential people in hiphop are gone behind it. and actually, it probably wasn't behind the beef, but living in so much of the limelight back then was dangerous.

  • West coast G

    Look at this skinny ass ballerina. Nigga no one was ever intimidated by ur bitch ass. jay showed the world how bitchmade u were. Dont this nigga got sickle cell or something. This nigga 100 pounds soakin wet yet always tryin to act like he tough as hell.

    • Snoop Dog

      I am only 75 pounds in my big fur CHUUUUCHHH

    • Anonymous

      man lay low then n now,p is god.infamous superthuggg qbbbb talkin about gunz too not words son.its not about gym.im fan both of this artists so cool u hater

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