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From one of the biggest names in rap, the first memoir of the golden era of hip-hop, revealing a hidden side of today’s biggest rappers and industry executives as well as shocking allegations of police misconduct in the New York City Police Department.

Recently released after serving a three-year prison sentence in what is widely believed to be an unlawful arrest, Prodigy is one half of Mobb Deep, one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time. In MY INFAMOUS LIFE: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy (Touchstone Hardcover/Simon & Schuster; April 2011; $24.99), Prodigy speaks for the first time about growing up in his illustrious family and his parents’ tragic end, his struggles with drugs, and his life-long battle with sickle-cell anemia and unremitting hospitalizations (he’s a Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation national advocate with ‘The No Pain Campaign’).

Through Prodigy’s eyes we watch the birth of today’s most influential musical genres and subcultures-an unblinking account of his wild life with Mobb Deep, who alongside New York rappers Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Jay-Z and Wu-Tang Clan, changed the musical landscape with their unapologetic street stories. Jay-Z recently said, Prodigy at one time was one of the best rappers in the game…he was close to being the best rapper in the game while promoting his book Decoded MY INFAMOUS LIFE also provides inside scoop about the dark side of the entertainment business, the back stories on the legendary rap beefs and the East Coast vs. West Coast war, the intimate details about record labels, and encounters with several very recognizable women.

Just Blaze, super-producer, in February 2011 recently named Prodigy in his top 5 emcees of all-time. Considered one of the seminal influences in hip-hop, Prodigy has sold millions of records and continues to thrill fans, who are eagerly awaiting his life story.

The book is available in bookstores everywhere, and also on, HERE!