Albert "Prodigy" Johnson of the infamous Mobb Deep is known for raw, uncut rap, but he was exposed to a variety of music genres since his youth. His mother, Fatima Frances Collins, was a member of The Crystals and his grandfather, Budd Johnson, is in the Jazz Hall of Fame. Occasionally those influences would spill into his music, like the jazzy "Drink Away The Pain (Situations)" from the classic, The Infamous, and the R&B-flavored "Hey Luv" from Infamy.

The Queensbrige-bred rapper has been on a tear since he finished his three-year prison sentence last year, releasing an autobiography, an EP, a mixtape, and some more Mobb Deep material. Prodigy's took a breather and stopped by the Complex offices to discuss his 25 Favorite Albums. Read on to see his take on assorted reggae, R&B, and hip-hop classics while you bump his latest LP, H.N.I.C. 3.

As told to Jordan Zirm (@CLEVEZIRM)

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