My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 19, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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From one of the greatest rappers of all time, a memoir about a life almost lost and a revealing look at the dark side of hip hop’s Golden Era . . .

In this often violent but always introspective memoir, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy tells his much anticipated story of struggle, survival, and hope down the mean streets of New York City. For the first time, he gives an intimate look at his family background, his battles with drugs, his life of crime, his relentless suffering with sickle-cell anemia, and much more. Recently released after serving three and a half years in state prison due to what many consider an unlawful arrest by a rumored secret NYPD hip hop task force, Prodigy is ready to talk about his life as one of rap’s greatest legends.

My Infamous Life is an unblinking account of Prodigy’s wild times with Mobb Deep who, alongside rappers like Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, and Wu-Tang Clan, changed the musical landscape with their vivid portrayals of early ’90s street life. It is a firsthand chronicle of legendary rap feuds like the East Coast–West Coast rivalry; Prodigy’s beefs with Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule, and Capone-N-Noreaga; and run-ins with prodigal hit makers and managers like Puff Daddy, Russell Simmons, Chris Lighty, Irv Gotti, and Lyor Cohen.

Taking the reader behind the smoke-and-mirrors glamour of the hip hop world, so often seen as the only way out for those with few options, Prodigy lays down the truth about the intoxicating power of money, the meaning of true friendship and loyalty, and the ultimately redemptive power of self. This is the heartbreaking journey of a child born in privilege, his youth spent among music royalty like Diana Ross and Dizzy Gillespie, educated in private schools, until a family tragedy changed everything. Raised in the mayhem of the Queensbridge projects, Prodigy rose to the dizzying heights of fame and eventually fell into the darkness of a prison cell.

A truly candid memoir, part fearless confessional and part ode to the concrete jungles of New York City, My Infamous Life is written by a man who was on the front line of the last great moment in hip hop history and who is still fighting to achieve his very own American Dream.
  

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Review: My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy

User Review  - Naya Wilson - Goodreads

Wow. One of the best books I've read this year. There's so much background history in this autobiography that it's pretty mind blowing. In my opinion, this is A must read for anyone claiming to be a true Hip- Hop head. Read full review

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User Review  - Matt Tierney - Goodreads

Pretty interesting, I couldn't put this down. Read full review

Contents

Chapter 2Poetical Prophets
35
Chapter 3Mobb Deep
51
Chapter 5The Infamous
79
Chapter 6Hell on Earth
95
Chapter 7Murda Muzik
131
Chapter 8H N I C
155
Chapter 9Infamy
189
Chapter 11Amerikaz Nightmare
203
Chapter 11Blood Money
239
Chapter 13Return of the Mac
273
Acknowledgments
305
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About the author (2011)

Hip-hop has taken writer LAURA CHECKOWAY around the world. The former senior editor of "Vibe" magazine, she has penned revealing celebrity profiles and investigative features for numerous publications and is a regular contributor to RollingStone.com. As a documentary filmmaker, she continues to share stories that impact, haunt, and last. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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