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, "Got It Twisted" (2004)

As a kid, Havoc had been a huge fan of Thomas Dolby's campy Eighties hit "She Blinded Me With Science." The Alchemist turned its creepy synths into a nightmarish beat for the forthright, hard-hitting "Got It Twisted." The first single off Mobb Deep's 2004 album Amerikaz Nightmare has the duo "going at the ladies, going at the fake-ass [rappers] out there," as Prodigy told MTV in an interview around the time of the song's release. The late rapper's verse is particularly vicious and violent, leaving no room for unresolved beefs. "You being manslaughtered right in front of my kids/A little blood get on my daughter, it's nothing, she'll live."

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