Those who have listened to Prodigy’s H.N.I.C. 3 album may have noticed more than a few songs directed at the ladies. In an interview with MTV News, the Mobb Deep emcee explains why he took this approach.

“I decided to create female songs, but hardcore female songs,” said P, who said his song “Pretty Thug” was inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Me and My Bitch.”

Prodigy cautioned, however, that his album was not a lighthearted affair. “It’s not like it’s some lite-FM records where we’re trying to get radio spins. Most of the female songs on this album, they’re not gonna play on the radio. It’s a little bit too hard-core.”

Prodigy described his first entry in the H.N.I.C. series as “street, gutter. It was almost like a Mobb Deep feel,” whereas the second was “more of a revolutionary, rebel-type thing.”

“With this [album] right here, I was like, ‘How can I make this different?’ Something new,” he added.

Watch the interview below:

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