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Prodigy on The Combat Jack Show Ep. 2

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Combat Jack:

So y'all have this relationship, man, and I wanted to ask you, because I don't think we've ever had this conversation before and you've been on the podcast before. When you had the beef with Jay-Z, and "The Takeover" came out, and you were in that camp, what was going on through your mind?

Prodigy:

It was, it's a weird conflict, internally. Because it's like, they're both my mans, they've both been an integral part of my history, so it's like at that point you kind of just got say, "All right , well, if that's what it is I have to step back. I'm not taking no sides, I'm not in nobody's ear, I'm not letting anybody get in my ear". Just kind of stayed away from it.

Combat Jack:

Were cats in your ear, though?

Prodigy:

The funny thing is, right before it all popped off, I want to say, if I remember correctly, I was trying to figure out, I think, a record with you and Bleak if I'm not mistaken, at one point. So, and then shortly after, everything just went south. I'm just like, what are the chances that...I'm not...I know a lot of people. I'm not cool with a lot of people in this industry, in terms of artists or whatnot. So it just so happens two of the few artists that I'm actually really cool with, who I can actually sit and have a conversation with outside of this, are now at these odds. It's just, kind of just had to just sit back and let it play itself out.

Combat Jack:

And how'd you feel, knowing that Jus was in that camp? Did you...?

Prodigy:

Oh, I didn't...I don't care about that. I mean, Jay-Z he really grounded me with that whole thing right there, because we were serious. It was serious. In my mind, you know what I mean? In my life, it was serious. If we see it was going to be a problem or if something happens to us, we're going to protect ourselves and we're going to take action if we have to, whatever...

Combat Jack:

Preemptive or whatever.

Prodigy:

With him, it was kind of serious. I was like, "all right, I'm going to take this serious." You know what I mean? With the whole Tupac and Biggie thing, and probably in my subconscious or whatever, and in my mind...we was in the club one night right, in Justin's, and it was like nine of us.

Combat Jack:

RIP Justin's.

Prodigy:

I tell this story in the book. We're in the club, we're in Justin's, I got mad dudes with me, we got handlers, we got all kinds...we we're wilin. All the time, that's how we always...we was just having fun, keep the handlers in case we got to do something. So, we're in Justin's chilling, and on the mic they say, "yeah, shout out to Jay-Z in the house." I'm like, "what we been in the club for a hour we didn't see him in there." And it's a small spot, right...

Combat Jack:

Justin's is really small.

Prodigy:

So, I'm like, "how the hell..."

Combat Jack:

You can see everybody in there.

Prodigy:

So, he must've been in the back, him and Jermaine Dupree. They came walking through the club, so, everybody...when they said Jay-Z, we all looked at each other like, "oh, all right, we finally got him now. All right, here we go." So, we're getting ready. I'm tightening up my buckle, all that. My man got the hammer, he's like, "Yo, P, I'm a clap this nigga." I'm like, "chill, just beat him up." He was in my ear like, "I'm a clap this nigga, son." I'm like, "chill, chill, chill, we're just going to beat this nigga up, son, crazy. I see him. He's with two bodyguards, but that shit don't matter. It starts popping off, fuck your bodyguards. He sees me from across the room, and we look at each other. Then son just put his hand out, from over there, and start walking to me. So, I gave him a pound. I was like, "what's up"? He was like, "Yo, it's just hip-hop man, it's just rap music." I was like, "all right, that's what's up, man." He was like, "Yo, you should've just hollered at me or something, though, before you said that about me in the songs". I was just tight about that." I was like, "alright, it's cool." And he left.

Combat Jack:

And that was it?

Prodigy:

And then I, because I thought about it, he grounded me, he brought me back to reality, real quick. It's nothing, son. And I thought, yeah, it really is nothing, dog. That shit is corny. That's what surprised me, I was like, wow. I felt stupid after that. I was really ready to clap somebody for some rap music.

Combat Jack:

It is just rap music.


In part two of our three part interview with Prodigy on The Combat Jack Show, Combat examines the rift that occurred between P and Jay-Z.

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