It’s been two months since Mobb Deep emcee Prodigy was released from prison after he was slammed with gun charges. Now, in a recent interview with Vlad TV, P revists his first first day in the slammer over three years ago.
Prodigy explained that he wasn’t afraid of going to jail despite it being his first time in the bing. He said that growing up, many of his friends and family members spent time behind bars. For him, the key to dealing with the sentence was mentally preparing himself for the lack of ammenities.
“When I went to prison, it was a new experience for me because I had never been to prison before,” explained P. “Most of my firends had been through that. I’ve heard a lot about it through the years; my father, he’s been through fed[eral prisons] and state [prisons], so I heard a lot about it through him. I was just like, ‘Aight, this is my turn now, so now I’ve got to deal with it.’ I was mentally prepared for all that. I mentally stripped myself – I went from six-star hotels and…touring all around the world, and groupies and wilding and doing all that, to being in prison, stripped of all that. So I mentally prepared myself for that, just, ‘Whatever, we’ve got to thug it out now for a little while, I’ll be back.'”
Prodigy also said that his fellow inmates and wardens treated him with nothing but love and respect, despite the occasional “G-Unot” joke hurled his way. He even said that his G-Unit partner Tony Yayo helped him out by sending word to the Unit’s affiliates on the inside of P’s arrival.
“When I was [processed], there were Queens niggas right away,” he said. “Right away, as soon as I walked in there, I seen a bunch of my niggas from G-Unit that were locked up. Niggas brought me mad food, snacks, all types of [stuff], like, ‘Yo, [Tony] Yayo said you were coming through; here, you good.’ Mostly, it was all love, 99% love. I would say the 1% [that didn’t have love] was [when]…I would be outside going to the yard or something, and a nigga would wait for you to walk mad far and say something from a distance. ‘Yo, G-Unot,’ or some bullshit like that. That was the only thing I ever dealt with that was hate or a problem…other than that, it was all love, from C.O.s to inmates.”
The full interview can be seen below.