Prodigy of Mobb Deep
Hi-Five, "Too Young" (1991)
With the help of his mother (who was in the Crystals, of "Da Doo Ron Ron" fame), a Queens high-schooler then going by the name Lord-T (the Golden Child) was out shopping for labels before getting a demo deal at Jive. As Prodigy wrote in his autobiography, "I flirted with the women at Jive and one of them, Kim, a good-looking heavyset black woman, got me on the soundtrack for a movie coming out that summer called Boyz N the Hood. They let me open the song "Too Young" by R&B group Hi-Five with 16 bars. After that first big break, Jive wanted to sign me up for a real contract." Soon after, he met his future partner, Havoc, and demanded that Jive sign them both as a duo — which they didn't agree to. "So I turned down the deal and never came back."