posted on Oct, 8 2009 @ 02:26 AM
Prodigy isn't the most educated (and by this I include self-educated) man. Hence some of the things he says sound confused and piecemeal.
However, he knows a lot about Jay Z as he grew up in Queens, not so far from Brooklyn, and Blacks in those disadvantaged NY communities with all the
projects including rappers know a lot about each other and each others' past. Prodigy might be hooked on the Nuwabia angle but he's not so far off
target about Jay Z.
You have to look at why Prodigy gets locked up for 3 years, why Tupac Shakur got locked up until Suge Knight paid a million to bail him out, why
others go to jail but rappers like Young Jeezy who have clear criminal ties (I'll go into that in a minute) manage to never go near a jail.
Suge Knight (ex Death Row executive and someone who sank deeper into the negativity of gang connections and running his label like a gang before he
ended up snitched on by Jay Z and broke) pointed out a year or so ago that Paris Hilton had spent more time in jail than most gangster rappers. He was
implying that a lot of them are snitches or fakes.
Now for Young Jeezy. Jay Z signed him when he was Def Jam President. Young Jeezy ran with Black Mafia Family (BMF) who were a big Black criminal
enterprise, mostly down south although they branched out elsewhere. Drug running, arms running, money laundering etc etc.
BMF were shut down by the Feds after a period in which they stupidly and with typical arrogance of those doing negative # and promoting it did things
such as advertise their presence and power on billboards around the south.
Jacob the Jeweller, who made watches and jewellry for rappers and among other customers BMF members, went to jail for money laundering because the BMF
were among his best customers. Young Jeezy made money selling coke down south, adorned himself with his own Snowman t shirt and sold it to kids,
flaunted his associations with the BMF and what happened? He didn't even have to appear in court during their cases.
Jeezy has left a trail of self incriminating songs, videos etc about his drug selling and BMF associations. Others went to jail for doing a fraction
of that. Yet this guy is still free and made a number of cds about '
trapping' - his time selling drugs and running with the BMF. Where are the Feds in his case?
It's clear that the justice process here is very selective. I think there's little doubt that Def Jam and other music companies have friends in law
enforcement who protect their artists. Rappers like Prodigy don't have those connections because they don't cultivate them. There's also the
possibility that Jeezy is a snitch and singing like a canary behind closed doors.
Either way, it's significant that Jay Z (another one who is as free as a bird despite the self incriminating evidence throughout his career, a
fraction of which would see others locked up) signed Jeezy. Birds of a feather....Jay Z also signed Rick Ross who actually was a Corectional Officer
for a while and didn't put that on his resume, pretending instead he was a drug kingpin in the streets of Miami instead of making guys spread their
cheeks, and after that stint ghostwriting for female artists.
Ross is another one - hustled some crack and borrowed stories of the real thing. Yet the music is full of information that if the feds wanted to put
him under the hammer, they could. But who do we see locked up? Prodigy.