N.O.R.E. Says He Knows Who Ruined Prodigy’s Mural & Why (Video)
One of July’s most disturbing stories in the Hip-Hop space was when a Queens, New York mural honoring the late rapper Prodigy was defaced on July 6. The attack came just two weeks after the Mobb Deep co-founder’s death. Artists Jeff Henriquez and Eli “Eos” Lazare had created the work on the Urban Upbound building. To make matters worse, after the Long Island City-based painting was fixed through the night, it was again attacked on July 8. Following the second defacing, the mural was painted over permanently.
N.O.R.E. is a fellow Queens, New Yorker, whose Capone-N-Noreaga duo was heavily co-signed by Mobb Deep. In an interview with The Breakfast Club, N.O. says he knows who is behind the mural vandalism, and why.
“I’m not qualified to speak on that,” begins N.O.R.E. to DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne Tha God after the 19:00 mark. While N.O.R.E. opted to refrain from naming names, he expounds, “But it came from a big homie that’s in jail that don’t have nothing. I know you always big [up] Prodigy’s book, but Prodigy’s book hurt a lot of people [including some who are] dead, in jail, alive, and [this particular] guy that’s up north. He’s a respectable guy, and everybody respects him. He sent the word, and it’s official.” Noreaga refuted reports that it was local teen vandals.
The book Noreaga is referring to is P’s 2011 Touchstone Books memoir My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, written with Laura Checkoway. That tell-all book caused controversies in the Hip-Hop community (including with N.O.R.E.), and New York City street figures (as profiled by Don Diva magazine).
N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN’s Drink Champs show aired on REVOLT this week, with an interview with yet another Queens MC, LL Cool J.