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

My Infamous Life The Autobiography of Mobb Deep s Prodigy Book by Johnson Albert Prodigy

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  • Title: My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy
  • Author: Albert Johnson Laura Checkoway
  • ISBN: 9781439103180
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book by Johnson, Albert Prodigy

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    1. All memoirs by rappers should be read the rappers. I am soooooo glad I bought the audio version of this. As a big fan of Mobb Deep and Prodigy, himself, I couldn't have made a better choice. I took a lot of this with a grain of salt. Rappers brag, they twist things to shine on them, that's endemic to the genre. That said, this memoir still reads as honest in a way that Jay Z's Decoded did not. What interests me most about these memoirs are those moments of vulnerability that occasionally shine t [...]

    2. I was a big Mobb Deep fan so when I heard that Prodigy died recently, I checked this out. It's not a great book and he could have used some much tighter editing. However, it was interesting to find out more about his life story, but I would have loved to know more about his family, his travels while on tour etc and a little less about the details of every fight (and there were many) that he ever got into.

    3. I had always been hesitant to read rapper autobiographies but I said "f it", after Prodigy's passing. I had my doubts going in, but this was a surprisingly good read for any fan of Mobb Deep. Especially if you came up listening to early 1990's NYC hip-hop during that era. The behind-the-scenes access to that whole era that Prodigy provides in this book is priceless and there's never a dull moment. I also appreciate the honesty and vulnerability that he put into writing this book. RIP, Prodigy.

    4. This is a very thorough memoir which opens readers up to many of Prodigy's personal and entertaining stories. I can't recall ever being bored at a given point in this book, which means a lot for someone with a tiny attention span like me! Overall it was just a dope read. I would suggest this book even to someone who's not a Prodigy/Mobb Deep fan.

    5. Albert "Prodigy" Johnson is one half of arguably the greatest rap duo to come out of the 1990s. Mobb Deep. This book is enthralling, filled with illuminating details about one of the most vibrant decades for rap/hip hop. Any fan of Mobb Deep will eat this book up. Read it and find out why "there ain't no such thing as half way crooks." It's so good!!!!

    6. I never considered Prodigy one of the great Golden Age rappers, and I don't think anyone really did. (Not until his untimely death anyway: our assessment of middle-of-the-pack musicians, and rappers especially, always increases in reflection upon each one's untimely demise.) And while The Infamous is a bona fide classic -- listen to it now and it hasn't diminished one bit since 1995 -- Prodigy was always more known for his cold-blooded persona than his lyrical prowess.And yet, P was a very solid [...]

    7. Listened to the audiobook. As an added bonus the book is narrated by Albert "Prodigy" Johnson. He does a phemomenal job telling his life story. Couldn't stop listening to it.

    8. I am by no means a fan of rap music but what I do love is autobiographies read by their authors. I stumbled across this and really enjoyed hearing Prodigy's story. It felt authentic and gave me a glimpse into what was important to him and why. I found him and his story surprising; it wasn't what I imagined. I had the impression it was authentic and validated my theory that famous people come from weird huddles, with their lives overlapping with other famous people, but not necessarily having a d [...]

    9. RIP Prodigy! A really original MC, member of the legendary Mobb Deep and a great solo career too. It's a tremendous book. Most rapper's books are terrible, ghostwritten (I don't know if this one is, but if it is it's done well) and don't have any depth. This one has really great moments, lots of stuff about life on the road, Queensbridge hip-hop and more. He had a unique take on the world and will be missed. Up there with Scarface's book as the best autobiography from a rapper.

    10. I was looking forward to reading this book by Prodigy but honestly I was very underwhelmed and had to force myself to finish it. The book was all over the place felt more like his peer's life story. The only thing I took away from this book was 50 cent is a real stand up businessman and friend. A lot of the info in this book was just filler material and didn't add anything to the story.

    11. Definitely an interesting insight into one half of Mobb Deep. I listened to this after his death. It gave a lot of insight into his upbringing and many of the hip-hop stories surrounding Queensbridge in the mid 90s. His beef with Tupac, Snoop Dogg, going to different labels, his experience with sickle cell, etc.A good read/listen for any hip-hop fan.

    12. My Infamous life by Prodigy Prodigy was an inspiration to me his words very powerful and uplifting and letting us know he is human just like us he has u drawn into his life story I could feel his pain and struggle and found out details the media never showed us and he will be truly missed Rest In Paradise #Goodread

    13. Great book holds your attention throughout, stays true to his life, doesn't try to be anything it's not or preachy, if you're a fan of him or hip hop, you'll learn many facts you didn't know. Lot's of info about other rappers too.

    14. I've been a Mobb Deep fan since the 90's. It mentioned alot of other familiar names in hip hop. I enjoyed reading it.

    15. As a Mobb Deep fan I really enjoyed reading Prodigy’s autobiography. Recommend it for anyone that grew up on 90’s Hip-Hop Music. RIP Prodigy

    16. Awesome read! Prodigy sets the scene for his life in his own words!!! Touching having read this after he has now passed!

    17. This book is about the famous rapper and his crew named MOBB DEEP. The main character of my story is one of the greatest rapper's to ever and his name is Prodigy. The next main character was his assistant who also is a rapper named Havoc, him and Prodigy are really good at working together and having fun in there life. In this paper I will be telling you all about the hard life that Prodigy and Havoc had to go through to get to where they are at now and it all starts now. Albert Crippen Johnson [...]

    18. The book I am reviewing is called ¨My Infamous Life¨ This book attracted me because I am a huge fan of rap music, and he is a rapper. But that’s all I knew. I never heard his music, but I wanted to learn more about him, especially after seeing all of the things he went through on the back of the book. Not only that, but Prodigy got praise from Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Nas. So all of that led me to the conclusion that this book must be read. My expectations were met. I expected a tale of a man w [...]

    19. I read “My Infamous Life” by a 90’s rapper who’s goes by the name of Prodigy. It is a very entertaining and interesting novel. Prodigy takes us on a tour throughout his life, he takes us though his early childhood battles with sickle cell disease, his forming of his rap group “Mobb Deep “with his best friend Havoc, and being involved in shootouts at nightclubs. He also tells his side of the story on the infamous East Coast – West Coast feud of the 90’s. Prodigy’s purpose for w [...]

    20. Ok, I have to admit I had no idea who Mos Def was when I bought this book. Mos Def is an American rap artist. I still haven't listened to more than one or two of their songs. I read the book because I like biography, I am interested in how other people live and what life looks like through their eyes. So this book was interesting.

    21. Seldom do we, the fan's and critics, get a chance to see behind the glamour and glits and into the unsheltered soul of Rap Artist. Most of the time when we do, we get a watered down marked up version of the truth, made to look good and boost revenue. I am happy to have had a chance to be able to bypass the glits and glamour and see Prodigy as "Albert Johnson".Anyone who is a fan of Mobb Deep SHOULD read this book to gain a clearer and better understanding of who Mobb Deep is as individuals as we [...]

    22. Prodigy's autobiography somehow manages to be both terrible and impressive at the same time.I'd list all the things wrong with it, but we'd be here all day, so here's just a few of them:The timeline's all fucked the fuck up. It keeps jumping back and forth in time, but not for literary effect or anything. They just failed to consult the wiki.Prodigy claims to have seen a UFO. (He also blathers on about the Illuminati, which he's threatened to write a book about.)Prodigy tries to front like he di [...]

    23. I learned a lot about Prodigy in this book. Stuff I thought I knew as well as the things I did not. I thought I was going to be skipping through certain sections of this book only reading parts but I was hooked from the beginning. Mobb Deep was pretty much what got me hooked on rap muzik My best friend had a copy so I borrowed it and have to say a 5 star rating well deserved.Alfonso Ribeiro (a.k.a. Carlton) appeared in Pepsi commercial with Michael Jackson. Later became star in fresh prince of b [...]

    24. Prodigy, one half of the rap duo Mobb Deep, published his autobiography (with Laura Checkoway), which includes his background as a child, his struggles with sickle cell anemia, his music success, his stint in prison and release. I am really not sure how I feel about this one. I'd never really heard of Mobb Deep before this; this was a book sent to me at work and I thought I'd give it a go, for something different. The book flows well, and I imagine this being a hit on the Young Adult shelves. Bu [...]

    25. If you like rap, this is a book that's great for you. Prodigy from Mobb Deep was one of the first rappers to ever explode in the game. I have been a fan of his music and everything I read about him is unbelievable. Everything in this book sounds like a movie scene. I thought it was really interesting how the life of Prodigy was, especially since he is one of many rappers that I respect. From gunshots to death on the streets, this is a true story about how a guy came from the bottom all the way t [...]

    26. Albert Johnson has quite a pedigree. His grandfather is Big Bud Johnson and is in the jazz hall of fame. His grandmother was one of the original dancers at the cotton club in Harlem, when she retired she went on to be the dance instructor of many famous people such as Ben Vereen. His mother was a member of The Crystals.Amazing how a man who came from that family ended up a gun toting gangster who will shoot someone for spilling his drink. The book was good, it is amazing how violent his life is, [...]

    27. I'm a huge fan of Mobb Deep and I bought every one of their albums. Even growing up on their music and following them closely, this book still opened me up to a Mobb Deep reality that I wasn't even remotely aware of. This book is a must read for anybody interested in the music business! What makes this book so unique is the fact that Prodigy started from radio-unfriendly gangsta music, to amassing great fame and wealthy, to seeing up-and-comers like Jay-Z and 50 Cent pass by him and to see all h [...]

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