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.