Complex recently caught up with Prodigy of Mobb Deep to discuss his upcoming autobiography and his release from prison. During the interview, the Queensbridge emcee discussed his current relationship with one-time foe Jay-Z. P discussed an incident when he ran into Jay-Z at club but chose not to confront him, saying the he felt that both he had never really considered his feud with the then-Roc-a-Fella star to be that personal.
“I mean, maybe [I would have stepped to Jay] when I was younger,” he said. “But around that time my mind and my decision-making started changing. We don’t beat up on weak people. You don’t do that shit where I’m from. You don’t score no points doing that. You don’t take advantage of somebody that you could take advantage of, and overpower them. That’s a universal law you would be violating to do some shit like that, so we don’t so that. Word.”
He also added, “I mean after Justin’s incident, when I seen where his head was at with the whole situation, and I seen that he didn’t want to take it to that level, we fell back off of the nigga. Because we seen that the nigga was not that serious. He says it’s just music, alright cool then it’s just music then. I mean if he would have been some type of threat then we would have took care of that. We bumped into him a few times after that. Like, the VMAs, shows at Madison Square Garden, Nassau Coliseum, certain places like that we’ll see him backstage and he’ll see us like, ‘Oh, what’s up man?’…When I was younger, the situation would have probably been different. But he came up to me and said, ‘Yo, ain’t no beef son. It’s just music.’ Alright, cool. So that’s where we left it. It’s just music. It’s a little rap music rivalry, and that’s that. We know the difference between street shit and music shit.”
Prodigy also extended the olive branch to another former foe Saigon, who he fought with at a concert in 2007. He said his recent bid in the bing put many of his former grievances with other emcees in perspective – including Nas, with whom he recently recorded a song.
“Like the Saigon situation is like the same situation [as ending he beef with Nas],” he explained. “Like, it don’t make sense to do…That’s just like, corny. That would be wrong to do something to him. That wouldn’t even be fair, to tell you the truth. It’s not even that serious. A little incident happened, like whatever. You stay over there, we’ll stay over here, because when it gets like that son, somebody’s going to get hurt bad. It’s not going to be us either, put it like that. And that’s just being real. Word.