Prodigy: 10 Essential Tracks From the Mobb Deep MC

Rapper Prodigy died at the age of 42, but his legacy of mixing street-level grit with emotional heft lives on

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Mobb Deep feat. Nas and Raekwon, "Eye for an Eye (Your Beef is Mines)" (1995)

Mobb Deep's "Eye for an Eye" connects three foundational pillars of New York street rap in the middle of the Nineties. It features guest verses by Nas, who dropped Illmatic a year earlier; and Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon, who'd drop his solo debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx shortly after. This blunt-scented cipher is loaded with lyrical quotables from all four rappers involved, with Prodigy boasting, "I'll be dipping in a Range Rover/All jeweled like Liberace/You watch me while jakes try to knock me and lock me/But I be on the low sipping Asti Spumante." 

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