'I wanted to use people that were kinda hard to get and also you wouldn't think that I would collab with them,' P tells 'RapFix Live.'
By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway
There was a time when Prodigy refused high-powered collaborations: When his Mobb Deep partner Havoc urged P to jump on the Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 "Last Day," a song Hav produced, Prodigy declined.
"I wanted to use people that were kinda hard to get and also you wouldn't think that I would collab with them," Prodigy told "RapFix Live" host Sway Calloway on Wednesday's show. "You wouldn't think that P would have a song with them right now."
Prodigy didn't yet have a title for the track with T.I. because the pair had just finished recording it Tuesday night, but he was able to dish a bit on the song with the Taylor Gang captain: "The Wiz record is called 'Co-Pilot.' That one is dope," he bragged with a sheepish grin.
Fans will have to hold out until July 3 to hear H.N.I.C. 3 in full, but P promises it will be well worth the wait. It's been four years since he released H.N.I.C. Pt. 2, and while the original H.N.I.C. is well-regarded in hip-hop circles, Prodigy admits to rushing production on the second installment. "I had a limited amount of space to do it before I had to turn myself in," he said of his three-year jail stint for gun possession.
Most of the material for the next LP, however, was written during his incarceration. "The third one, I spent a lot of time working on it. I did my little bid, there years or whatever, and that's basically when I was writing most of this album," Prodigy explained. "So, I got to really take my time with the concepts, the lyrics, how I want it to be, be really precise with it and really come up with something that can last a long time."
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