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My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Albert "Prodigy" Johnson , Laura Checkoway
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19. April 2011
From one of the greatest rappers of all time, a memoir about a life almost lost and a revealing look at the dark side of hip hop’s Golden Era . . .

In this often violent but always introspective memoir, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy tells his much anticipated story of struggle, survival, and hope down the mean streets of New York City. For the first time, he gives an intimate look at his family background, his battles with drugs, his life of crime, his relentless suffering with sickle-cell anemia, and much more. Recently released after serving three and a half years in state prison due to what many consider an unlawful arrest by a rumored secret NYPD hip hop task force, Prodigy is ready to talk about his life as one of rap’s greatest legends.

My Infamous Life is an unblinking account of Prodigy’s wild times with Mobb Deep who, alongside rappers like Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, and Wu-Tang Clan, changed the musical landscape with their vivid portrayals of early ’90s street life. It is a firsthand chronicle of legendary rap feuds like the East Coast–West Coast rivalry; Prodigy’s beefs with Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule, and Capone-N-Noreaga; and run-ins with prodigal hit makers and managers like Puff Daddy, Russell Simmons, Chris Lighty, Irv Gotti, and Lyor Cohen.

Taking the reader behind the smoke-and-mirrors glamour of the hip hop world, so often seen as the only way out for those with few options, Prodigy lays down the truth about the intoxicating power of money, the meaning of true friendship and loyalty, and the ultimately redemptive power of self. This is the heartbreaking journey of a child born in privilege, his youth spent among music royalty like Diana Ross and Dizzy Gillespie, educated in private schools, until a family tragedy changed everything. Raised in the mayhem of the Queensbridge projects, Prodigy rose to the dizzying heights of fame and eventually fell into the darkness of a prison cell.

A truly candid memoir, part fearless confessional and part ode to the concrete jungles of New York City, My Infamous Life is written by a man who was on the front line of the last great moment in hip hop history and who is still fighting to achieve his very own American Dream.


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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Touchstone (19. April 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1439103186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439103180
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,1 x 3,3 x 23,9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 136.198 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“The legendary rapper unsentimentally details a life of beefs, brawls and murders during the heyday of East Coast hip-hop.” –The Washington Post

“A surprising triumph, both as an archive of 1990s New York hip-hop folk tales and for its stirring sketches of a man who, on many occasions, could have made his life a lot easier on himself … This is the kind of vulnerability that is fearless, especially within hip-hop.” –Slate.com

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Memories of a Real Rapper 19. Januar 2012
Von Bud Fox
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
zunächst mal: ich halte nichts von ellenlangen rezensionen, daher fasse ich mich kurz.
das buch bietet einen einblick über die anfänge von prodigy und mobb deep bis heute. die kapitel sind nach den albumnamen benannt und beschreiben dann die jeweiligen erlebnisse in der zeit des jeweiligen albums. lustige geschichten gemischt mit ernsthaften themen, wie P's krankheit, tod und andere dinge. man bekommt auch einen guten einblick was das musicbiz angeht, zumindest das im rapgame. leute wie jay-z (welcher sein fett hier abbekommt), pac, biggie, snoop, nas, 50 etc bekommen auch einzelne passagen gewidmet. das buch scheint mir ehrlich geschrieben zu sein. also nicht immer auf die tour: ich bin sooowas von hart. natürlich wird auch eine portion übertreibung dabei sein (aber in welcher biographie ist das nicht so), jedoch ist es gut zu wissen, dass es noch rapper gibt, die keine studiogangsters sind. der eindruck über sein leben und das seiner weggefährten verfestigt sich in seinen texten und den beats, die nicht (ausschließlich) zum geldscheffeln gemacht wird, sondern das harte leben der unterschicht in den usa wiederspiegeln.
das buch ist in englisch geschrieben, es wäre auch nicht möglich es authentisch zu übersetzen. die sprache gleicht derjenigen in seinen lyrics. ist man einigermaßen mit dem slang vertraut (z.b. durch jahrzehntelanges rap-hören ;-)), so lässt es sich gut lesen. selbst wenn man einzelne wörter nicht kennt, so versteht man jedoch immer den zusammenhang.
FAZIT: Für alle, die noch wahren rap hören (und nicht "pop the champagne; girls shake your booties"-quatsch auf technobeats) und einen einblick über das leben von einer rap-legende haben wollen, kann ich das buch uneingeschränkt empfehlen!
Für Mobb Deep-Fans ein absolutes Muss!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book! 25. Juli 2013
Von H
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Great book! Worth of reading to every fan etc. Lots of insight stories about New York street life and music industry.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thugs, Guns, Drugs, Industry and a quest for Knowledge 23. April 2011
Von Chieck Kongo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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For those unaware of Mobb Deep, this is a group that rose in the mid-90's or "second golden era" of hip-hop. At the time, they brought to the table a mix of aggression, introspection, and street logic to their craft that set them apart from their peers. The combination of Havoc's beats and Prodigy's high level of street rhyming had them ranked as high-echelon rappers among fans and peers. Though their theme of crime-life was common at the time, their particular style set them apart as it was much more detailed, felt more "real", and gave a deeper look into the mind of the street thug waiting to rob you. Most of this was credited to Prodigy's unique voice and serious way of rhyming, and is confirmed by sound bytes of Prodigy's various quotes being sampled and sprinkled in the songs of countless rappers to date.

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I usually stay away from autobiographies written by rap figures, because in the macho world of rap, there's a high chance of making themselves look like Superman and/or constantly altering supposedly true events. In this book, Prodigy is brutally honest -- I would say SHOCKINGLY honest at times about himself and others and it is a wonder how some of his friends that he mentions even agreed to let him include some of things written about them. THAT is the charm of this book.

My Infamous Life is a highly detailed account of Prodigy's life who wrote it while serving three years in prison on a gun charge. Starting from birth and health complications that began shortly thereafter, P introduces us to many of his family members and childhood friends and his exploits with them. His father and especially his grandmother led very interesting and eye-opening lives, for better or worse, and his experiences and learnings from them have largely shaped his mindset and way of life.

He goes on to explain his experiences as a youth that couldn't be involved in physical activities as a kid like his peers, bouncing between rural Long Island and inner-city Queens, his early love for hip-hop and how he had to survive as a teen. Prodigy goes into interesting detail explaining meeting Havoc, how he ended up in Queensbridge Projects and how he lived while there, and introduces to his friends from QB, many of which you've heard or heard of if you're fan of Mobb Deep or 90's Queensbridge rap.

We go into how he and Havoc became "Poetical Prophets" and later Mobb Deep, how they got equipment, their work ethic, street life, the influences of their people, and notable events that occured around the makings of all their albums. This is all interweaved with tales of in depth tales of family life, beatdowns, slicings, parties, tours, groupies, heavy drug use, run-ins with notable street thugs & gangsters, numerous altercations with other rappers (who are mentioned by name), incidents with movie stars and r&b chicks, personal tragedies, spurts of englightenment, and even visions of spirits and an encounter with a UFO. On top of all that, he interjects occasionally with briefs commentaries on his life in prison.

For those wondering.. yes, Prodigy gives his thoughts about the conflicts with Jay-Z and Nas, and mentions incidents between them that were previously unknown. The book also exposes certain levels of strife that were present within the Mobb Deep circle, and answers questions numerous fans had about certain decisions made by the group.

Fans of Mobb Deep or those interested in urban street stories should definately give this one a check out. 5-star rating for honesty.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen insightful autobiography 22. April 2011
Von Harriet Klausner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an insightful autobiography that hooks the audience from the Introduction as Prodigy in a prison four hours from the city realizes he is just another inmate though a celebrity. From there Prodigy explains his family roots changed from musical affluence to the Queensborough projects where violent crime is the norm. For instance, Prodigy, who suffers from Sickle Cell Anemia, admits he committed a robbery to insure he met the code of high school which reminded me of the 1950s Blackboard Jungle by Evan Hunter. His family also knew crime first hand when his aunt a bartender was shot in Queens. When he became a famous rapper, blood money and drugs eventually led to prison. There he found out who his true friends are.

This is a timely fabulous memoir as Albert Johnson pulls no punches with his insightful look at his "infamous life" and at the civil war era of Hip Hop. Profound throughout Mr. Johnson lays bare his guts of thriving and dying in the concrete jungle of New York. Although too frequent use of the first person "I" pronoun at the start of sentences (even for an autobiography) feels a bit disjointing, readers will appreciate the honesty that Mr. Johnson provides in this deep gripping introspective memoir.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An entertaining read 27. September 2011
Von Azazm333 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Okay so let's see, rapper Prodigy makes a book that has sparked a lot of so-called controversy in the immediate hip hop/rapper world -Sounds fun.
So the book is about his life from the beginning up to what's been going on with him during the last few years. It's insightful on many levels.
I laughed a lot while reading it but that's from me being desensitized to many things rather than the author trying to be funny.
The only problem with this book is that for me I read a few key things that were a bit questionable and Prodigy has a thing for green eyes. But other than that, worth every penny for any Mobb Deep fan.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 5. Juli 2014
Von Aaron - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Its like Prodigy's talk right to you. I've enjoyed this book.
4.0 von 5 Sternen 4 of 5 4. Juli 2014
Von Marcel Lee - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I was never a fan of Prodigy as a rapper. This book, an autobiography grammatically molded by Laura Checkoway, is better than most of his verses. That opinion relies, of course, on the assumption that everything portrayed here is the truth, or at least the truth as Prodigy honestly remembers it. It’s hard to tell. He cries over a girl, which even I consider a sucker move, but has no fear when it comes to fighting bigger dudes and getting shot at. Either way, aside from him occasionally swaying from the story to express his thoughts on race and religion, it’s an interesting read. As far as the concept is concerned though, his life before becoming famous should’ve been limited to the prologue so that he could devote more of the book to the Infamous parts.

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