Queensbridge, New York-based rap duo Mobb Deep is set to release its fifth album, Infamy, on December 11. The set is the follow-up to the pair’s platinum-certified 1999 set, Murda Muzik. While the group is excited about the forthcoming release, they have also recently been involved in an ongoing beef with Jay-Z.
The conflict rose to a new level during a Summer Jam event in New York when Jay-Z displayed on the big screen a picture of Mobb Deep member Prodigy as an adolescent dressed up in a Michael Jackson outfit while also attacking the rapper’s street credibility in a verse that would later be included on the song “Takeover,” which is included on Jay-Z’s latest platinum collection, The Blueprint.
Prodigy fired back at Jay-Z on several mixtapes and on Mobb Deep’s latest track, “Burn,” and he addressed Jay-Z’s actions in a recent issue of Source magazine. “It wasn’t like I was a grown-ass man wearing makeup or nothing. A n-ga was only like 6 years old. He says on his record that the photo is from ’88, but it’s really from ’82. I guess he’s trying make it seem like I was a teenager or something running around on some ballet sh-t.”
LAUNCH revisited the issue with Prodigy on Tuesday (December 4) at Loud Records’ New York offices. “It is what it is, you know what I’m sayin’? It’s drama with rap music, you know what I’m sayin? It’s drama with the crews, whatever, you know what I’m sayin’? It is what it is. He dissed me, I dissed him, back and forth, you know what I’m sayin’? It’s just how it is.”