Havoc Explains How Jay-Z & Prodigy's Beef Affected Him

Havoc continues his conversation about his beef with Prodigy.

Jay-Z and Prodigy famously beefed back in the early 2000s, resulting in several barbs being tossed at one another on records and at concerts. Havoc recently spoke with AHH about how the beef affected him, stating that he had to "pick up that slack" while P handled his business and that it was a beef that "should have never even taken place."

"The impact to me was that I just had to step my game up. I was like, if someone’s going to be slacking, then I gotta pick up that slack. I saw the difference, but at the time, I didn’t want to belive it. I was like, people kept saying it," said Havoc. "From all angles, everyone was coming down on P. But I was holding him down like, nah, son is still good. Whatever, whatever. But I felt like I had to step my game up, because that’s a beef that should have never even taken place. Always in my eyes, I always felt like that. But for the greater good, I said if that’s what you want to do, then do it. But I’m into more forming alliances than to be out here starting beef with people."

Havoc, who is also a noted producer in addition to being an emcee, said that Prodigy's beef had a trickledown effect on his career. He says that it's more about money than it is honor, and that being in a group forces him to take the brunt of his partner's decisions.

"Yeah, somewhat in that aspect, because I produce. It's about money," he said. "Whatever one person does in the group reflects on me. Now, if I’m walking through somebody’s hood who this dude done dissed, they lookin’ at me like I’m him. Dudes wanna score points off of that, so that always put me in the line of fire. I never complain about that."

Watch the full interview below, where Havoc says he's cool with the rest of the Infamous Mobb crew.

RELATED: Havoc Addresses Prodigy Diss Record, His Cousin's Allegations

62 Comments

  • LaceRoc

    Why can't niggas shut up and just make music?! I mean really just stfu make good music, geez!!

  • Spobes

    PS im still hoping this is just propaganda for P's album and they will get back together for at least one more album.. Wishful thinking i guess lol

  • Spobes

    Says "so that always put me in the line of fire. I never complain about that" but right now he actually IS in the line of fire because he ran his mouth too much (and now he is complaining). Don't get me wrong im Hav over P since day 1 but he's bein a lil bitch throughout this shit and saying some convoluted bs...

  • Anonymous

    Prodigy should fuck outta here, if it wasn't for Hav's grimey, amtospheric beats dude would have never seen the success he did. Havoc is responsible for their success and was often enough an even spitter.

  • Anonymous

    Jay's laughing his ass off.

  • Anonymous

    WTF IS WRONG WITH THIS NIGGA!?

  • tigerking

    Mobb Deep was a great hip hop group from the albums The Infamous to Hell on Earth to Murda Muzik. Prodigy's cocaine addiction fucked up his rapping and he has fallen off since like 2001. Both Prodigy and Havoc have had their addiction issues, neither one of them is better when it comes to that aspect. Havoc can still make great beats at least. As far as Prodigy and Havoc's personal issues, I could careless. Only thing I care about Mobb Deep is going back and listening to 3 ill ass albums from 95 to 98. Oh yeah, I'm calling bullshit on the Jay Z dick riders who claims he never brings up past beefs in his songs. Jay Z constantly on his albums indirectly references his beefs with other rappers that were long ago dead or that nobody gave a fuck about. Even on his last solo album, The Blueprint 3, he directly disses Jaz-O and Damon Dash, two beefs which were old and which nobody gave a fuck about in the first place. Jay Z is a great rapper, but to say he doesn't make references to people he has had beef with is completely bullshit. So Jay Z dick riders get off of shawn carter's dick, you cock suckers, and realize that being a great rapper doesn't make you right about everything.

  • anon

    you know how we know jay buried these dudes? they're still talkin bout him. You don't hear jay z talking about this old ass beef, he's moved onto other things.

    • Anonymous

      its probably cause dudes ask them about it.

    • anon

      shut up dumbass, i'm talkin bout in interviews. It's not something that comes up in his conversations. he's talkin bout his new album, his new clothing line, his new concert tour, his wife, whatever. What he's not talking about in these interviews is this beef. referencing it song is some totally different shit.

    • lowprofile

      "mobb deep shook it but prodigy took it a lttle too far cant fuck with brooklyn"- a star is born (2009) now shut up asswhole

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, Jay might reference that shit, but he still moved on in every way. For all these other nigga it's their career highlight.

    • tigerking

      yo, dude listen to all of Jay Z's albums over the past ten years and he is constantly referencing old beefs all the time. On his last solo album he directly disses Damon Dash and Jaz-O, two beefs that were old and which nobody gave a fuck about any way.

  • Willie

    WOW....HAVOC A STR8 BITCH!!!!!! SHOCKING! FUCK EM! OL FREDO ASS MF'ER

  • Anonymous

    "2pac shut their careers down" And look what it got him.

    • Queens 4 Life!!!

      That's right. Don't you EVER mess with Queensbridge niggas, we straight killas, we'll send you to meet Lucifer in hell, just like that nigger 2Pac.

  • BLACK

    NIGGA SHOWING HIS TRUE COLORS

  • Anonymous

    "Havoc is the shook one, bitter dumb drunk" That probably hurt his feelings. He's going to drink more now.

  • Anonymous

    "Now, if Im walking through somebodys hood who this dude done dissed" Havoc actin like he's all innocent. Nobody told you to hang on with Prodigy. After Blood Money tanked, you had your money and could have set up shop anywhere else. And for the record, Havoc has made plenty of gun references and tough guy talk on countless Mobb Deep records. If someone has a problem with P, I'm sure they have a problem with you as well cause you ran off with the mouth just as much.

  • Ill Minded

    Tupac has nothing to do with this shit. Let the man lie.

  • Clark kent

    havoc airing out mobb deeps dirty laundry is unnecessary.

  • REBEL INS

    2pac shut their careers down

  • MIQ VERSE

    This is sad! I always hate to see talented rappers become parodies of themselves. Nobody is interested Havoc let it go. More importantly why are we talking about a beef that the parties involved have moved on from?

  • BK

    Pac called it a minute ago about these clowns.

  • Fuck Marcy

    C'mon Hav nigga don't get all in your feelings now dun,P held you down when you was stuck on that cognac 24/7 dunny. So when P decided to keep it gully on that side you had plenty of opportunity to fall back.

  • Fuck Queensbridge

    Nigga shut the fuck up, recognize your career is OVER. OVER!!! You don't have to say anything else, just eat shit and die!

  • Anonymous

    Dear Havoc, Jay-Z is not listening to you beg for a job.

    • Fat Mack

      Exactly... Man this dude is showing his true colors. Everytime he talks he makes Prodigy look better. I remember when the Jay-Z beef started Prodigy was being vocal and Havoc was standing in the back...Whatever happened to hold your man down. And he's acting innocent about lyrics...Drop a gem on em? remember that.. its better to let sleeping dogs lie and ancient history remain ancient than just playing yourself at every turn. First he got his cousin talking shit way after the fact now this... One of my fav groups ever coming up...sad

  • Acesun

    HAV Man Shut the fuck up Son, Don't Air MOBB business in the streets, You was a click, you both ate off the same Plate, So his Beef was your Beef, you wasn't complaining cashin those checks. GTFOWTBS, you starvin or something?? P may have his snake ways, But he don't Run around puttin out Dirty Laundry, even if he did put you in the line of fire, Yall ate for 20 years off that shit, NOW 2012 you want to complain. Go Sit Down. better Yet, Write a Book and make some paper...smdh..

  • Sensaye252

    Both Havoc and P need to shut the fuck up and work on their craft. Straight up, these niggas are doin' interviews every day and speakin' on in-house shit that doesn't need to be aired out like that. Even if I had a personal issue with someone, I'm not gonna talk to some stranger about it. I always been a Mobb fan, but it's impossible to defend their character these days. You would think 20 years in the game would have taught these niggas to have a little more tact. Havoc needs to step his game up, because truth be told, he hasn't really made any noteworthy material in about a decade. I used to revere Havoc as one of the 5 greatest rap producers of all time, but he relinquished that spot 'cause his beats have gotten lazy. Obviously P feels the same way because he'd rather fuck with Alchemist, and Sid Roams, who is basically Havoc 2.0

  • BLACK

    DOES THIS NIGGA HAVE AN ALBUM COMING OUT???

  • The Real

    Havoc's a bitch, He says whats P doing in an armored truck, then quickly defends 50 cent that its ok for him too. Then says he grew up with P but he's happy to talk shit about the guy to the world in an interview, This guy is a fucking dickhead just like 50 cent. Lets not get it confused though i think prodigy is a little fuckin worm too there both fuckin snakes we all know what happened in that studio you fucking bitches.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    bottom line P messed their careers up trying to be a hard

  • Berr

    What shit did Havoc produce the last decade, all his solo shit is total garbage?

  • Anonymous

    both Havoc's solo albums were horrible and he lost his way with beats... who's fault was that? "Blood Money" was damn good; a bit dumbed down but still very ridable. P. dropped "Return of The Mac," "HNIC 2" and "Product of the 80s," all of which are grimy as fuck. "HNIC3" was a shit bomb but Alc and Sid Roams can bring the little guy back, I'm sure. Havoc is the shook one, bitter dumb drunk.

  • dockevoc

    Hav needs to shut up immediately...it pains me to watch this dude throw dirt on his career

  • Anonymous

    DROP A GEM ON HAVOC WHAT A FUCKING EMBARRASSMENT THIS MIDGET BECAME

  • enuttsosick

    bitch assness in its finest

  • Sco*

    ... sounds to me the Hav is just frustrated, but know this people: cherish your friendships, but realize ten/twenty years from now you might not have shit in common with that person anymore, even without beef of snake shit.....sometimes friendships simply run their course and its neither parties fault...its unfortunate, but I've experienced it first hand....it's hard to let go because that's your potna, but this is the result of trying to hold on...........

  • SS

    everything about this situation is wack.

  • gun di liro

    Losing all kinds of respect for Hav right now. Lyrically, Prodigy carried the group for almost a decade and now it's come to this? During those beefs with Jay and others, Hav should have addressed it with P or ride with him in battle. Hav did neither. Now business is slowing down down for Hav and he resorts to this. R.I.P to Mobb Deep 1992-2011.

  • Up North

    For fuck sake Havoc. What about all that bullshit you was talking about Kanye when you were, surprise surprise, drunk as fuck? Don't get on no pedestal talking about how P did this, and P did that. You didn't just meet the nigga yesterday. You dudes go back 20+ and now you wanna act like your a victim of P's aggressive nature? GTFOH. P has had far more ups in his career than you have and has shown that he's better on Alchemists beats than yours anyway. Pull your fucking skirt up. You sound like a jealous bitch instead of a man just wanting to leave a situation and move forward.

  • wolfman

    Well, there's no denying that P's status for being lyrical crumbled after HNIC. But to Havoc, what excuse you have for your beats after Infamy? That's the last Mobb Deep album I could listen to, and it's not my favorite. I will say I think Havoc stepped up his game when it comes to rapping around this time, cause I remember thinking that Havoc is better than P now. Anyway, both fell off in some form or another.

  • nickrazor2000

    Another drunken rant. Oh well, Mobb Deep has died but i will always love "shook ones"

  • brollya

    jus lost all respect for havoc...... he a bitch for real..... now he wanna say shit bout beefs but if that was yo homie for real, u would of been told p to calm down wit the beefs... but naw u didnt cuz he was makin all the money and makin solo hit records while u jus in the background doin beats and gettin drunk.... i hope p jus leave dude in the wind and do his own thing.... fuck doin a mobb deep album period.. nigga need to listen to that tony yayo song called "fake love"..... u dont rat on yo friends never, especially if u got this kind of history.. keep dat shit man to man.... fuck a havoc album, fuck his beats, fuck all dat... nigga been a background nigga all his life.... they aint never say havoc.... wen a nigga mention mobb deep in a beef they a say p anyway so dude been a none factor. this make em even more of a non factor

  • Anonymous

    If you have been listening to hip hop as long as me and kept your ear to the streets you would have heard a bunch of stories about P From him getting robbed beat up and shit etc etc when i was a kid i didn't wanna believe it but now i can see the truth

    • melio

      co sign brolya..things happen in the mix of action. keep yo anonymous ass in the suburbs

    • brollya

      and your point is? im talkin bout this story now, im not talkin bout the robberies and him gettin beat up... thats jus tel u hav been a snake and aint been behind his nigga and let ya boy get robbed..... and if u actually was walkin in the streets instead of "havin your ear" to the streets, u a kno shit lik dat happen everyday and if yo nigga gettin robbed or beat up, u supposed to ride wit em either way, not wait til 2012 wen u down and out

  • 614grind

    Damn, Hav soundin real suspect to me. Now he blamin P for his sputtering career? Dog was gone 3 years and I heard NOTHING from Hav.

    • Anonymous

      if you homey beefing with people and you got your homey back, then those people aren't going to want to do business with you.....................DUH!!!!!!!!

  • mario

    man go play with that shit...prodigy carried yall, you was subpar rapping and your voice is dull, you had nice beats but prodigy already showed he didnt need your beats back then....you airing out family biz is PHONY...not no street nicka...both of yall is disappointing yall careers are over....like pac said take it like a man

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