Prodigy, one half of Queens-based hip-hop duo Mobb Deep will appear at MIT this Friday at 8 p.m. to give a talk as part of the school’s Hip Hop Speaker Series.
The rapper, who achieved stardom with the 1995 release of Mobb Deep’s acclaimed album The Infamous, has had an illustrious career on the mic and a journey of ups and downs off-stage. In 2007, Prodigy served three years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm, but has been back touring and recording with his Mobb Deep counterpart Havoc since his release in 2011.
According to a release from Christopher Nolte of event co-organizerTapTape, “Prodigy will speak on his first-hand experiences of incarceration and discuss how an individual commitment to his artistic craft and advancing ‘the culture’ saw him through.”
MIT’s Hip Hop Speaker Series has also featured the likes of Lil’ B “The BasedGod”, famed producer Young Guru, and Killer Mike, who just last week introduced Bernie Sanders at a rally in Atlanta. Nolte says that, “the goal is to create entirely unique and meaningful dialogues on topics outside the traditional realms of both academia and entertainment.”
Prodigy’s talk will be moderated by MIT professor Ian Condry. The event is open to the public with priority given to MIT students.