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

In Hip Hop by Nick Russell

Words by Dutty Harry, edited by Nick BlatantlyBlunt.

If you’re into sports you’re going to look up to an athlete. If music is your thing you would look up to and be interested in musicians, or in this case rappers. I bought this book from Amazon (not at new prices, are you dizzy??) and am now a proud owner of Albert Lance Johnson Banks’ (better known as Prodigy of Mobb Deep) autobiography.

Written whilst he was doing a three year stretch in NYC’s Riker’s Island jail, the book discusses his beginnings in the industry (at 11 he had a joint in the the Boyz In The Hood movie!) and how Mobb Deep came to be what they are today.

He reveals how his grandad was a famous jazz musician, his grandma ran one of the most famous dance schools in New York, and his mum was a singer in The Crystals who recorded hits such as “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me” which you might remember from the Goodfellas movie.

The book gives the reader a good impression of New York around the late eighties/early nineties  and how Prodigy and his peers viewed life. In essence how their lifestyles paved the way for one of the best hip hop albums to date (‘The Infamous’). It’s important to bear in mind when taking this as the gospel truth that this is Prodigy’s perspective! 

The book is available from Amazon in hardback or on the kindle device – a strong piece of literature written for the fan, or those just discovering the man himself! For those of you looking to listen to the book, you’re given the pleasure of hearing it from P narrating it, but reading it you can hear his voice in your head all the same.



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