Prodigy Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Cormega f/ Prodigy "Thun & Kicko" (2001)

Produced by: Havoc

Prodigy: “We were in Soundtrack Studios working on Murda Muzik. Mega had wanted to buy a Hav beat for his album. So Hav started playing the beat like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to give this to son.’ I recorded my verse and then Mega did his shit later. That shit was written way before Mega’s verse was written, in a different studio and all that. I don’t even know where Mega laid his verse down.

“In his verse, Mega is taking shots at Nas. When Nas listened to it, it may have seemed like anything I’m saying is talking about him too. But I didn’t know Mega was going to do that. He did that on his own. Nas took a offense to that and got mad at me. Through the grapevine I heard that was the reason why [Nas] made ‘Build & Destroy’ about me. I just started getting word that he admitted that it was because of that song. Nas was coming out of nowhere with that ‘Build & Destroy’ shit. That shit was the most shocking shit to me. I was like, ‘Why is Nas going at me? For what? What the fuck did I do to this nigga?’

“I was like, ‘This is crazy yo. He’s going at me for some shit I ain’t even do.’ For some reason, he thought that I was either co-signing Mega’s verse about him or the whole song was about him. That was far from the truth. I have no reason to be jealous of, mad at, or have any bad feelings towards Nas. I used to look up to Nas as a rap mentor. He used to give me inspiration, so I would never come at him sideways. That would make no sense. He embraced me in their hood and there was nothing but love and respect.

“I guess it just got interpreted the wrong way when he heard the song. It’s too bad that Nas felt like that because he was wrong. He kind of jumped the gun a little bit on that by going at me because I had nothing to do with that shit. But I never even told him that my verse was made before Cormega’s. He’s probably gonna find out for the first time when he reads this shit.” [Laughs.]

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