Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, better known as one half of the Infamous Mobb Deep, will release the third installment of his H.N.I.C. album series in June 2012.
H.N.I.C. 3 follows in the footsteps of its two predecessors (2000 and 2008 respectively) and it features a rejuvenated, but still strange and magnetic Prodigy aggressively debating about life, prison, religion and conspiracy theories. Prodigy’s gritty and poignant storytelling is laid on a bed of captivating beats provided by familiar collaborators like Alchemist, as well as Ty Fyffe. Always being praised as one of the darkest artists of the golden era of hip hop, Prodigy has consistently been able to paint the most realistic images of a troubled generation, eternally battered and scarred by unfavorable family relations, unfair social settings and an unusual, sometimes dysfunctional, lifestyle. Regarded by critics as a true poet, Prodigy’s album is exactly what hip hop fans have been missing and waiting for.
Incredibly well-received by both public and critics alike, the H.N.I.C. series has been one of the most successful by a member of a very popular group. Released at the beginning of a three and a half year prison sentence for gun posession, H.N.I.C. Part 2 was described as “a much more complete and visceral portrait of an incarcerated man than the most precise and technically sound record could possibly manage” in a review by Tom Breiham for Pitchfork.com (April 24, 2008.)
Since the end of his prison bid in February 2011, Prodigy has experienced the success of his first autobiographical book My Infamous Life (Simon & Schultzer). The book’s audio version was remarkably reviewed as “…the best rap album of the year…” by critics’ choice site Slate.com. The album’s release and promo tour were followed by a sold out series of shows and a national Mobb Deep tour in the summer of 2011.
As a result of the incredible feedback and critical acclaim received by the book and the welcoming public’s response and attendance experienced during the Mobb Deep tour, international brand Red Bull executive-produced the first documentary on the history and career of the group. The documentary will debut in June on MTV.
In the spring of 2012, Prodigy attended the groundbreaking SXSW Conference (March 13-18 2012) and participated as guest performer at some of the most trendsetting and popular showcases that take place during the conference (Complex, Pepsi, allhiphop.com, Sony, etc…)