Produced by: Dr. Dre
Prodigy: “That was like one of the first songs that we did when 50 had wanted to do the deal with us. We had recorded like 40 songs before we signed the contract, just shooting each other songs through the email. 50 told me, ‘I’ve got a Dr. Dre joint for y’all.’ I told Hav, ‘Yo Dre produced this one nigga. It’s on now, we got a Dre beat.’ We hopped on that shit and sent it right back to him. Anytime he sent us a song, we’d send it right back. That’s how we did so many songs before we signed the contract.
“We actually shot the video and everything before we signed the G-Unit deal. We were making a lot of moves with Fif. We were doing songs for a movie soundtrack, he had bought us bonus Porsches, and there was a lot of shit happening. It was just a good deal for us because he was showing us how much he appreciated Mobb Deep. You could just tell that he had an attachment to our music. It wasn’t no business deal for him, it was a real attachment with Mobb Deep’s music.
“Fif had the ‘Game Over’ shirts made for the video. Before we had started doing business with 50, me and Game were kind of cool. We didn’t really know each other, but we had done a couple of songs. Right before we had got the phone call from 50 that he wanted to do a deal with us, Game had found out that we were free agents and offered us a deal at Black Wall Street.
“Game had called my phone and was like, ‘Yo I’ve heard y’all for years and want to offer y’all a deal.’ Automatically we were like, ‘Game’s a new artist or whatever. He just went through his bullshit with 50. He had stood up to 50, got his own shit going on.’ But we really didn’t entertain the thought really of signing with Black Wall Street. It was something that we wouldn’t have done.
“So he sent me a message and I was like, ‘Let me just fuck with this nigga, because we ain’t going to fucking sign anyway. Let me just say some wild crazy shit.’ I told him, ‘Mobb Deep wants a $3 Million advance to sign.’ [Laughs.] He hit me back and was like, ‘I’m going to get it for you. We’re going to have a conversation with Geffen and we’re going to make it happen.’ I was just like, ‘Yeah, whatever.’
“When we had started doing business with 50—and rumors started getting out there that we was about to sign with G-Unit—Game had hit me and was like, ‘Say it ain’t so.’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ He was like, ‘You about to do a deal with G-Unit?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, we’ve been talking to them.’ And the nigga stopped hitting me back after that so it was like whatever.
“But 50 had made them shirts and we were just like, ‘Whatever, cool. This is our new team. We fucking with them.’ So basically it was like whoever had beef with 50 got beef with us. That was our new team so that’s what it was. We didn’t mind having those shirts on, we didn’t care.”