Prodigy brings a lot of trends to the table, and anyone who wants to question Prodigy’s trendsetting, well, how dare they.
That’s the gist of the most recent message from the rapping half of the Infamous Mobb Deep, a holdover from the popular 90s-era hardcore rap scene.
On his subscription-required blog, NYC’s Prodigy posts an all-caps, 26-point list of all the trends he claims to have set, often finishing each point with this all-purpose, aggressive-aggressive statement: “HOW DARE YOU QUESTION MY TREND SETTING, LOOK AT WHAT I BRING TO THE TABLE.”
Among the more outlandish claims, P says he was first on rap websites, folding bandanas (folding bandanas!), questioning the government, and, “RAPPING WORDS THAT DONT ALWAYS RHYME” – all of which are very popular today.
Here’s a longer excerpt (offensive language therein):
TRENDS PRODIGY HAS SET SINCE 1992 AND STILL IS SETTING IN 2008 AND BEYOND:
#1 TATTOO’S ON MY CHEST, ARMS AND HAND SINCE I WAS 12 YEARS OLD
#2 RAPPING WORDS THAT DONT ALWAYS RHYME
#5 HOW I FOLD MY BANDANA
#14 WE MADE DOING SONGS FOR CHICKS COOL FOR STREET NIGGAS
#19 WEB SITES, I HAD INFAMOUSSTORES.COM AND WAS WRITING BLOGS BACK IN 99 LONG BEFORE IT BECAME POPULAR IN HIP HOP TO HAVE A WEB SITE.
#21 NO MORE JEWELERY, RIMS, OR LIFESTYLE OF THE BEAST. HOW DARE YOU QUESTION MY TREND SETTING, LOOK AT WHAT I BRING TO THE TABLE.
#26 I COULD JUST KEEP GOING BUT NOW I’M TIRED… HOW DARE YOU QUESTION MY TREND SETTING, LOOK AT WHAT I BRING TO THE TABLE.
If anyone were to fact-check these claims (how dare they!), errors would no doubt be found. But if anyone were to crosscheck these statements with P’s convictions (personal, not criminal), they would match up perfectly. Put aside the ridiculousness here and you have a spirited mix of honesty and delusion - a valued personality trait in a musician. Or a strong case for an insanity plea in Prodigy's recent weapons charge – of which he’s set to serve three-and-a-half years.