My Infamous Life

  • by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, Laura Checkoway
  • Narrated by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson
  • 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this often violent but always introspective memoir, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy tells his much-anticipated story of struggle, survival, and hope on 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 more. Recently released after serving three and a half years in state prison for what many consider an unlawful arrest, 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, Jay-Z, and the 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.
Taking listeners behind the smoke-and-mirrors glamour of the hip-hop world, Prodigy lays down the truth about the intoxicating power of money, the meaning of true friendship, and the ultimately redemptive power of self. This is the heartbreaking journey of a child born in privilege, his youth spent among music royalty, and educated in private schools, until a family tragedy changed everything. Raised in the mayhem of the Queensbridge projects, Prodigy rose to 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.
Music score by The Alchemist and Twizz the Beat Pro. Includes five never-before-released singles, exclusive to the audiobook!


What the Critics Say

“Prodigy…was close to being the best rapper in the game.” (Jay-Z)


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Customer Reviews

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Exceptionally well crafted memoir

There are elements of this book that would grow boring if recounted by a less skilled wordsmith. Prodigy has the charisma and perspective to take the fights, the guns, the drugs, the womanizing, and the industry politics that are common in hip-hop memoirs and craft from them an interesting narrative work of thoughtful introspection. Prodigy sounds like a man grateful for life and happy to be alive, a sharp contrast to the darkness of some of Mobb Deep's more familiar works, and his exuberance is infectious. Once I started listening to this in the car, I found myself looking for reasons to go on errands so I could knock off another chapter.
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- Dominic


I loved Mobb Deep growing up in the early 90s and this book definitely brought back some memories. Can't believe Prodigy's life was that crazy. I only have one question: When does the movie come out? Great stuff and extremely interesting!
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- steve

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.