The Alchemist ft. Prodigy, Nina Sky & Illa Ghee, "Hold You Down" (2004)
Mobb Deep began working with producer the Alchemist in 1999, and he became an increasingly influential part of the duo's music as the year's progressed. The same year that the duo released Amerikaz Nightmare, the Alchemist unveiled his debut solo album, 1st Infantry. Naturally, Prodigy pulled through for several appearances, both solo and with Havoc. A highlight is the mellow "Hold You Down," which features R&B duo Nina Sky harmonizing between verses from Prodigy, Illa Ghee and the Alchemist himself, as a chopped Al Kooper sample holds everything down. The uplifting song carries a message of loyalty and companionship, and Prodigy reflects on the lives of friends lost to violence. B.S.