When you think Mobb Deep, you think Queensbridge. Their songs referred to it explicitly; it was a major part of the group's mythos, a thread running throughout their songs, the terrain where Mobb Deep's story was forged.

But Prodigy was actually born Albert Johnson in Hempstead, New York on Long Island. It wasn't until his early teens that Prodigy began to hang around with new friends, particularly in the area known as LeFrak City. In particular, he linked with Havoc at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. Havoc was from the Queensbridge houses. But as ever in hip-hop, it ain't where you're from; it's where you're at. Much as Gucci Mane (birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama) reps for Zone 6 East Atlanta or T.I. (who attended Riverdale High School) reps for Bankhead, Queensbridge was where Prodigy made his name.