Generally acknowledged as the more lyrically gifted member of New York hardcore rap duo Mobb Deep, Prodigy was born with a strong musical background. His grandfather, Budd Johnson and his great-uncle Keg Johnson are remembered for their contributions to the jazz Bebop era. His mother, Fatima Johnson, was a member of `60s R&B group The Crystals. Prodigy's major career break came in 1995 with the release of Mobb Deep's The Infamous. The album sold over 500,000 within the month of release and songs like "Shook Ones" and "Survival Of The Fittest" became instant classics. At the end of 1996, Prodigy and his Mobb Deep partner Havoc released Hell on Earth; debuting at number six on the Billboard charts, the album established Prodigy as one of the true voices of East Coast hardcore rap. The group's next release, Murda Muzik, solidified the status of the Mobb Deep as one of the most legendary names of seminal hip hop.
Prodigy, debuted as a solo artist in 2000 with the critically acclaimed platinum album H.N.I.C. He returned to the solo arena in 2007 with the official mixtape The Return of the Mac , which also gained numerous music critics' accolades. In 2007, Prodigy released the follow up album H.N.I.C. II.
After a brief stay at 50 Cent's G-Unit label with Mobb Deep, In 2011 Prodigy released the critically acclaimed autobiography My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy. Co -written with writer and indi film producer Laura Checkoway, the book was published by Simon & Schuster. In 2011, Prodigy released a free EP called The EllsworthBumpyJohnson. The EP was followed in 2013 by his collaboration album with long time friend and producer The Alchemist, Albert Einstein, whose second installment is due out later this year.
Since the release of 2014's The Infamous Mobb Deep, the group's eighth studio album, Prodigy has been touring internationally with the group doing over 125 shows per year. Meanwhile, his publishing company Infamous Books continues to add to his catalog of releases by several well established New York Times Best Selling authors. Prodigy's own novel H.N.I.C. Co-written with UK mystery writer Steven Sevile received very positive reviews. Prodigy is putting the final touches to Commissary Kitchen (Fall 2016), a book about food and nutrition with veteran scribe Kathy Iandoli. He is also in pre-production on Nighttime Vultures (executive produced Eddie Huang - Fresh off The Boat/ Huang's World) a TV show about food and travel.
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